The Carroll Cinema Society will be hosting a silent film festival this Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Science Center.
The John Carroll jazz band will accompany the silent films, including “Felix the Cat” and “The Immigrant.”
“In the midst of recent tragedies and controversies as well as the traditional specter of school work, I think that the students on this campus have lost something important,” said Pietro Shakarian, president of the Carroll Cinema Society.
“That is, a sense of humor. The students here need to lighten up and laugh once in awhile; that’s why I propose they come to this event.”
Shakarian created the group last April when he was inspired by an SUPB event– a screening of the “Dark Knight.”
When the movie started playing, Shakarian was impressed by an ad about illegal copying of videos, which started out with a scene from “Casablanca.”
He thought students at this campus needed to be able to enjoy great classics like “Casablanca,” and so, the Carroll Cinema Society was created to try and achieve this goal.
When he spoke with Karen Gygli, chair of the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, about starting it, she suggested that Shakarian put together silent films and live musical accompaniment.
Shakarian thought this idea was ingenious and has been working on it ever since. Almost a whole year later, it is finally ready for the John Carroll Community to enjoy.
Shakarian said he is sad to be moving on from his position as president next semester.
“It’s bitter sweet, but I have to move on,” said Shakarian. Stacy Pendergrass will succeed him as President, and that she has already thought of some excellent ideas for the upcoming semester.
The event will consist of two short films. The first will feature “Felix the Cat” in “Comicalamities.”
Felix was the first cartoon character created for the big screen, and he was the most popular until Mickey Mouse was invented.
The short involves a quick plot where Felix tries to hit up the ladies and win over a specific girl’s heart. The second, a short film by Charlie Chaplin called “The Immigrant,” is a short about a poor immigrant who travels to America and gets into all sorts of mischief along the way.
The film, referred to as one of Chaplin’s best, is only about a half hour long.