The Phantom of the Opera (1925), directed by Rupert Julian, is widely considered one of the most important silent films of all time. The film features the legendary Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces," in a bravura turn as the tortured and disfigured Erik, which prefigured several subsequent film and stage performances of the character.
Lauded as "highly accomplished" by the Wall Street Journal and "amazing" by film industry bible Indiewire, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature film classics and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston's Berklee College of Music, home to the world's only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, this student orchestra composes new works and performs as an ensemble under the leadership of three-time Emmy nominee Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing In America), a Berklee professor of film scoring.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society is a member-funded, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to screening the best in independent films, movie classics, documentaries, and world cinema for diverse audiences of all ages throughout the calendar year. In 2014, the film society presented more than 200 short and feature films to more than 25,000 patrons at its film center.