Ben Model: Silent Film Composer & Live Accompanist
7:20 – 10:30
NC Museum of History – Daniels Auditorium
Silent film historian/accompanist Ben Model with present a pair of classic slapstick comedy shorts from the 1920s, and will also accompany them on piano. In IT’S A GIFT (1923), inventor Snub Pollard has a new super-fuel for automobiles, although his demonstration for a group of investors doesn’t go as planned, but fortunately he makes a getaway in another one of his inventions. In THE ELECTRIC HOUSE (1922), botanist Buster Keaton is unwittingly hired by a millionaire to wire up and automate his mansion.
About Ben Model:
Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. Ben works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from silent film organist Lee Erwin (1919-2000).
Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and internationally, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 19th season in NYC. Ben has composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band for accompaniment to films by Chaplin and Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by professional and school ensembles.
As a film programmer, Ben has co-curated film series for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and co-programs a monthly silent film series at the Cinema Arts Center. As the archivist of the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams collection, he has curated two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows for Shout! Factory, and was instrumental in the Library of Congress’ acquisition of the Kovacs film and videotape elements for preservation in 2015.