Silent Clowns Film Series

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The Silent Clowns Film Series is NYC's longest-running regularly-scheduled showcase for classic silent film comedy (since 1997)!  Over the past 25 years, 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 accompanist Ben Model. Our shows are programmed and hosted by film historians Ben Model and Steve Massa, who introduce the films and hold a Q&A after the screening. Our programs are geared to classic film fans as well as to families.

We have been presenting our shows since 2010 in a partnership with the NYPL Library for the Performing Arts, and in 2023 are thrilled to be adding a second venue to our presentations! Our March and May shows will be presented at the Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn, allowing us to better serve and entertain silent comedy fans in that borough.

The PBS television show "NYC Arts" aired a feature story on the Silent Clowns Film Series. You can watch it here:

The 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 Eileen Bowser, William K. Everson, Lee Erwin, Herb Graff, Ron Hutchinson, Eric James, Cole Johnson, Eleanor Keaton, Don Krim, and the many others who have inspired us to share silent film with fans..

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) not-for-profit organization.  Silent Cinema Presentations Inc. is supported by a generous grant from the Ira M. Resnick Foundation, from the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and by donations from 
Silent Cinema Presentations' 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.