AERONAUT Silent Film Club, Vol. 3: THE LOST WORLD

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AERONAUT Silent Film Club Vol. 3: THE LOST WORLD

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AERONAUT SILENT FILM CLUB VOL. 3: THE LOST WORLD

featuring a screening of THE LOST WORLD (1923)

with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis

SEPT 29 2019, 7:30-10pm

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GREETINGS, local film fans!

After two smashbang films, the AERONAUT Silent Film Club continues with a much-discussed, rarely seen film: THE LOST WORLD! JURASSIC PARK fans will certainly recognize the reference.

We've worked with fantastic accompanist Jeff Rapsis many times. Anyone who has caught him live will recall what a unique and magical experience he provides, and how special it is to watch these groundbreaking and influential films, most of which are rarely screened today.

NOTE on the Silent Film Club:

We want this to feel like a real community of silent film fans and to that end we've launching (lol) a more structured flavor to these screenings. You can expect them to happen 4x per calendar year, with a large-scale theme and/or anniversary dictating each event. We encourage folks to embrace the theme and dress appropriately, bring themed picnics and food, etc. – have as much fun with these themes as you'd like!

Admission is a mere $10 per person and seating is limited.

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Before there was 'Jurassic Park' or 'Godzilla' or even 'King Kong,' there was 'The Lost World.'

The movie, a blockbuster hit when released in 1925, paved the way for Hollywood's enduring fascination with stories pitting mankind against larger-than-life creatures.

See for yourself when a restored version of 'The Lost World' is screened on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 donation per person.

Live music for 'The Lost World' will be performed by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer and silent film accompanist.

The screening, the latest in AERONAUT's 'Silent Film Club' series, is part of the brewery's commitment to showcasing local music, art, and performance.

'The Lost World' is a silent fantasy adventure film based on Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel of the same name. The movie was produced by First National Pictures, a precursor to Warner Brothers, and stars Wallace Beery in the lead role as Professor Challenger.

'The Lost World' tells the tale of a British exploration team that journeys to South America to confirm reports of long-extinct creatures still roaming a remote high plateau deep in the jungle.

The landscape they discover, filled with a wide range of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures, was enough to astonish movie-goers when 'The Lost World' first hit movie screens in February 1925. Scenes of a brontosaurus on the loose in central London broke new ground in terms of cinema's visual story-telling possibilities.

Early viewers of the film were especially impressed by special effects breakthroughs that allowed live actors to appear simultaneously on-screen with stop motion models of prehistoric creatures. This led to rumors that the filmmakers had actually discovered living prehistoric creatures.

The film featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O'Brien, who would go on to create the effects used to bring 'King Kong' to the screen in 1933.

Arthur Conan Doyle's novel and the movie version of 'The Lost World' proved so influential in the dinosaur genre that the title was borrowed by author Michael Crichton for his 1995 novel, and then used by director Steven Spielberg for 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' (1997), the sequel to the original 'Jurassic Park' movie of 1993.

In 1998, the original 'The Lost World' (1925) was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Despite the film's popularity, only incomplete copies of 'The Lost World' survived from its initial run in the silent era. In recent years, historians have been piecing together 'The Lost World' from fragments found scattered among the world's film archives.

The version to be shown at AERONAUT includes footage from eight different prints. At 93 minutes in length, it's the most complete version of 'The Lost World' available. The edition includes rare footage of Arthur Conan Doyle that has been missing from most prints since the film's original release.

To accompany the film, Rapsis will use a digital synthesizer to recreate the texture of a full orchestra. For each film, the score is created live in real time as the movie is screened.

Rather than focus on authentic music of the period, Rapsis creates new music for silent films that draws from movie scoring techniques that today's audiences expect from the cinema.

The restored 'The Lost World' will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 per person. For more info, visit www.aeronautbrewing.com or call (617) 987-4236; for more info on the music, visit www.jeffrapsis.com.

For more info on our featured performer, visit www.jeffrapsis.com.

We hope to see you on 9/29, friends!

Cheers,

Jason & the AERONAUT Silent Film Club team

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