|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, and our
shows are curated by
film historian Bruce Lawton.
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 Summer 2019 season of
programs from May through August showcases
shorts released during the silent
twilight year, 1929.
The PBS television show "NYC Arts"
aired a feature story on the
Film Series in the beginning
of 2017 and
recently re-aired the segment
in March 2018. 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 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.