|Welcome to The Silent Clowns
Film Series, NYC's longest-running
regularly-scheduled showcase for classic
silent film comedy (since 1997)!
We present 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. Every program
features a spoken introduction and
Q&A by film historians Ben Model
and Steve Massa. Come
early and read our excellent film notes
and enjoy silent-era coming attraction
slides. Our programs, presented on
a regular basis on weekend afternoons,
are geared to classic film fans as well
as to families.
Our entire 2017 season – "STAFF SELECTS"
celebrates our 20th year, and showcases
the favorite features and shorts screened
over the past 20 years, as selected by
each of our staff members.
The PBS television show "NYC Arts"
aired a feature story on the
Film Series on January 5, 2017, and
the segment aired again in late February
during the week leading up
to the Oscars™. You can
watch it here
(segment begins at
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 back of
Lincoln Center. Click on the
"theatre/tkts" button above for info
about the theater and ticketing
Silent 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, Eric
James, 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 Little
Theater, Makor, the Arclight
Theatre...and since 2010 at the Bruno
Walter Auditorium at the Library for the
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, and by funding from
the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA). 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.