The 15th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest Extends an Open Invitatio

March 24, 2016

A still from the Buster Keaton short "The Blacksmith"

A still from the Buster Keaton short “The Blacksmith”

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest invites the public to attend “Early Cinema on the Vaudeville Stage,” an Opening Night special event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the festival. The event takes place at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 1, at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. This truly unique FREE program re-creates the brief historical moment when the long-standing and enormously popular vaudeville variety show collided with the magic of early motion pictures.
The turn of the century was an especially interesting era in the evolution of American popular entertainment. The period saw the zenith of the vaudeville variety show and the introduction of motion pictures, which co-existed for a short period of time. Motion pictures were first introduced to American audiences as novelty acts on the vaudeville circuit. “Early Cinema on the Vaudeville Stage” will capture this dynamic historical moment, with screenings of short films starring the comic genius Buster Keaton, short subjects featuring early stars of the vaudeville stage, and live comedy skits and musical performance by the renowned Side Street Steppers from Memphis, Tennessee.
The free program will be followed by a full-length concert by The Side Street Steppers, playing rare and popular music from the 1920s and 30s on vintage and homemade instruments. The concert will begin at 8:30 PM, also at UACCB. Admission to the concert is $8; $6 for students of all ages and adults age 55 and older; and $5 for Foothills Film Society members.

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