by Susan Cohen
A couple of years ago, I got to go to a thing called Silent Films Loud Music, a part of Flex Fest, the Florida experimental film/video festival. A bunch of local bands got to choose a silent film from the University of Florida's extensive archive (everything from short scary movies to biological clips) and perform a live soundtrack to their selection. There were electronic acts, punk bands, and more performing in the city's historic state theater. It was one of the neatest things I've ever been to.
But that was in Florida. Locally, the V-Tones have a similar event, named Silent Movies with Live Music, the next round of which will be tonight at the Communications Museum on the College of Charleston campus (across from the CVS on George Street). They've compiled a "special cinema squad" to provide soundtracks and sound effects to some antique films (including a version of the Wizard of Oz from the early 20th century). It's an all-ages event and one I would highly recommend.