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Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. & Fatty Arbuckle shorts

GT. BARRINGTON, MA – Ben Model, noted silent film piano accompanist, will accompany Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.  The evening event will be free and open to the public and will take place in the Daniel Arts Center.

For over two decades Ben Model has served as resident silent film accompanist for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. In addition, he has played in many other venues around the Northeastern U.S., and produces The Silent Clowns Film Series with film historian Bruce Lawton.   He will be on campus to talk with students of filmmaker Larry Burke, and as part of his campus visit he will give this evening performance.

Model composes and improvises his own scores, and performs in a style that is both evocative of the silent era and also aware of a contemporary (and younger) audience's experience with music and film scoring.  A silent film historian, he often introduces the films he accompanies.  In the spring of 2006, Ben co-organized MoMA's two-month retrospective of the films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. 

Model’s lifelong passion for silent film was fostered by important figures in classic cinema. He grew up watching silent movies at the home of Walter Kerr, drama critic and author of “The Silent Clowns” (Knopf, 1975).  He also accompanied silent movies for noted film historian William K. Everson's classes at N.Y.U. while attending film school there, and learned the craft and technique of silent film scoring from legendary silent film organist Lee Erwin.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706
E-mail: bdellarocca@simons-rock.edu