Luther College to present 'A Night at the Not-So-Silent-Movies' event Oct. 24

Luther College will present "A Night at the Not-So-Silent-Movies" from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Peace Dining Room of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

The event will feature a screening of "They Would Elope," a short silent film from 1909 starring Mary Pickford, with new music written and performed by Los Angeles composer and violinist Maria Newman. Awarded a grant by the Mary Pickford Foundation, Newman has scored more than a dozen of Pickford's silent films that have been newly re-released by the Foundation.

Written as a comedy, "They Would Elope" centers on two young lovers who make plans to escape their disapproving families to be married on their own. The film follows their journey out of town, which presents all kinds of mishaps causing several comedic situations that prevent the lovers from reaching their goal of tying the knot. They end up returning home to many surprises. 

For more information about the event contact Thomas C. Johnson, post-doctoral teaching fellow in Luther's Department of Communication Studies, at [email protected].

Mary Pickford, actress