The Phantom of the Opera: Silent Film and Live Music
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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 Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996 to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the fine art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. These days, the NFF has become one of the premier destination film festivals in the world.