In April of this year, Chad Hunter, a resident of Mount Lebanon, announced a new project called National Silent Film Day, an annual event on Wednesday, September 29, celebrating the history of silent cinema and raising awareness of the race to preserve films. dumb survivors.
Since then, more than 30 theaters and institutions across the country have signed up to host their own events, including the Film Forum in New York, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, and the National Museum of Asian. Art in Washington DC
In Pittsburgh, Hunter teamed up with Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville to present Alfred Hitchcock’s silent masterpiece âBlackmailâ from 1929 that day with live piano accompaniment by musician Tom Roberts, historian jazz, pianist and collector. It will be broadcast at 7 p.m.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required to enter the theater. People under 12 can enter, but must be masked. Tickets are available at rowhousecinema.com/movies/blackmail/.
Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the day with an all-silent film lineup, showing 15 titles from 6 a.m. to midnight, including films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.