|The Silent Clowns
Film Series is NYC's longest-running
regularly-scheduled showcase for classic
silent film comedy (since 1997)!
During pre-COVID times, we have presented monthly, year-round showings
of the silent movies of Chaplin, Keaton,
Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many
others, all with live musical
accompaniment by renowned silent film
Model. Our shows are
hosted by film historians Ben Model
and Steve Massa, who
films and hold a Q&A
after the screening. Our
shows are curated by
film historian Bruce Lawton.
Our series has been on hold since March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to returning to presenting in-person programming when this can happen, hopefully later in 2021. Our programs, ordinarily
presented on a monthly year-round basis on weekend
afternoons, are geared to classic film
fans as well as to families.
The Silent Clowns Film Series presents
its shows in the beautiful Bruno Walter
Auditorium, located in the NY Library
for the Performing Arts, at
The PBS television show "NYC Arts" aired a feature story on the Silent Clowns Film Series in 2017 and re-aired the segment in 2018. You can watch it here (segment begins at 02:39):
Clowns Film Series is dedicated to the
memory of Walter Kerr, whose landmark
book, "The Silent Clowns," was the
inspiration for our series (and its
name), as well as to the memory of
William K. Everson, Lee Erwin, David
Gill, Herb Graff, Ron Hutchinson, Eric
James, Cole Johnson, Eleanor Keaton,
Paul Killiam, Don Krim, Don & Karl
Malkames, Warren Rothenberger and John
Rogers...and dreams that survive.
Our shows have been
presented in NYC's Upper West Side since
we began in 1997, at the 78th Street
Theatre Lab, the New-York Historical
Society, The West Side YMCA's Marjorie
S. Deane Little Theater, Makor, the
Arclight Theatre...and since 2010 at the
Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library
for the Performing Arts.
This film series is a
production of Silent Cinema
Presentations, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
Silent Cinema Presentations is supported
by a generous grant from the Ira M.
Resnick Foundation, the Artrepreneur
Foundation, and its membership.
We encourage those of you who attend our
shows or who want to support us
financially to make a donation and
become a Friend of the Silent Clowns
Film Series. Click on 'membership info'
(above) for details.