April 28th, 29th, 30th, 2017
April 28th, 29th, 30th, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sloans Lake, at 4255 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver.
 (720) 588-4107
April 26th, 27th, 28th, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sloans Lake, at 4255 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver.
 (720) 588-4107

Denver Silent Film Festival 2019 Screening Schedule

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*festival passes include tickets to all showings

Friday April 26th

            7 pm

Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929, U.K., 85 minutes)

Blackmail is simultaneously Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film and his first talking picture. Both versions exist, and the overall feeling is that this silent version is the better of the two. It has the cinematic “purity” Hitchcock described to François Truffaut in their famous interview, and it also has Hitchcock’s rich sense of the role of guilt in human affairs. A woman picked up by an artist kills him in self-defense. The detective assigned to the case is her boyfriend – and that’s just for starters. Accompanied by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

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Saturday April 27th

            10 am

A Morning with Felix the Cat (70 minutes total)

Felix the Cat was the star of silent animation. As last year’s DSFF honoree Russell Merritt has written, Felix was “ the mirthful personality kid, the effervescent trickster who could also play the lovesick Romeo, the lecherous sheik, or the doting uncle while still coming across as a loner.”  Felix comes to the screen in the spare, sometimes haunting, sometimes absurdist designs of Otto Messmer.

  • Felix the Cat in Woos Whoopie (Otto Messmer, 1930, 7 minutes)

  • Felix the Cat in Sure Locked Holmes (Otto Messmer, 1928)

  • Felix the Cat Dines and Pines (Otto Messmer, 1923, 10 minutes)

  • Felix the Cat in Astronomeows (Otto Messmer, 1928)

  • Felix in Fairyland (Otto Messmenr, 1923, 9 minutes)

  • Felix in Hollywood (Otto Messmer, 1923, 9 minutes)

Musical accompaniment by The Doll House Thieves.

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Saturday April 27th

12:10 pm

A Conversation with Amy Heller and Dennis Doros

Amy Heller and Dennis Doros are this year’s this year’s recipients of DSFF’s Career Achievement Award. Together, they founded and run Milestone Films, through which they have restored and released many critically-important films, both silent and sound. Their silent restorations include the great documentary Grass; Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 remarkable animation, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and films by Lois Weber. Dennis Doros is now president of the Association of Moving Image Archivists This is a chance to meet and talk with two extraordinary people in the world of silent film.

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Saturday April 27th

          2:10 pm

Shiraz (Franz Osten, India, U.K., Germany, 1928, 97 minutes)

At the core of Shiraz is the story of the 17th century Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal empress whose death led her husband to build the Taj Mahal. The rest is a fanciful often lurid – and gorgeous -- melodrama. Shiraz is one of three films by producer Himansu Rai and German-born director Franz Osten.


Accompanied by Utsav Lal.

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Saturday April 27th

          5:00 pm

Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920, 79 minutes)

Within Our Gates is the earliest surviving feature film directed by an African-American. It’s a melodrama about race, bigotry, uncovering the truth and also love, and on the subject of racism the film is blunt and unyielding. A wronged African-American woman (Evelyn Preer) helps save a school for black children. Preer is a significant talent, who never got a chance to work seriously in mainstream (white-made) movies. Director Oscar Micheaux is a phenomenon of early cinema; he once lived in Denver. 


Accompanied by Hank Troy.

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Saturday April 27th

          7:30 pm

The Oyster Princess (Ernst Lubitsch, 1919, Germany, 58 minutes) and

Long Fliv the King (Leo McCarey, 1926, 22 minutes)

This is DSFF’s signature program. Composer/accompanist/teacher Donald Sosin, and CU-Denver percussion teacher Todd Reid work with a group of CU-Denver student musicians to compose and then perform an accompaniment – all essentially in three days. The Oyster Princess is a comedy about the complexities of finding a husband faced by the daughter of an oyster magnate. Long Fliv the King features the wonderful Charley Chase as – sort of – the king.


Accompanied by the UCD/DSFF Student Orchestra, with Donald Sosin and Todd Reid.

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Sunday April 28th

          10:00 am

David Emrich Colorado Short films (70 minutes)

David Emrich, author of  "Hollywood Colorado - The Selig Polyscope Company and the Colorado Motion Picture Company,” will present a mix of stills and film clips from very early shorts made in Colorado.


Accompanied by Hank Troy.

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Sunday April 28th

          12:10 pm

Buster Keaton shorts (94 minutes total)

Viewers unfamiliar with Buster Keaton or silent film in general, are often stunned by Buster Keaton’s elegance and grace, and his deep sense of the comedy of the world we inhabit. Those familiar with Keaton have the same experience; his films seem original and remarkable no matter how often you’ve seen them. Buster’s struggles are profound, brilliant and hilarious.

  • The Cook (Roscoe Arbuckle, 1918, 23 minutes)

  • One Week (Eddie Cline and Buster Keaton, 1920, 25 minutes)

  • The Goat (Buster Keaton and Mal St. Clair, 1921, 23 minutes)

  • The Playhouse (Eddie Cline and Buster Keaton, 1921, 23 minutes)    

Accompanied by Hank Troy.

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Sunday April 28th

          2:45 pm

University of Colorado Denver Student Silent Film Showcase  


Each year, DSFF presents a program of new silent shorts made by film students at CU-Denver, under the guidance of Jessica McGaugh, and Andrew Bateman.

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Sunday April 28th

          4:45 pm

Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1933, 100 minutes)

Dragnet Girl is one of Ozu’s silent crime movies. Unlike his better-known family dramas, he’s working in a genre, but as you might expect, he doesn’t simply do a gangster picture. The lead characters yearn for respectability, yet as in American movie gangsters they find it hard to go straight, and are driven to go for the one last job. That desperate ploy never works, although Ozu finds a gentler resolution than American films. The gun is important, but it’s not the instrument of final judgment. And Ozu ends the film with images of domesticity, which may or may not be earned.


Accompanied by Billy Overton.

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Sunday April 28th

          7:30 pm

The Ancient Law (Ewald André Dupont, Germany, 1923, 135 minutes)

This masterpiece from German filmmaker E.A. Dupont is a melodrama about the conflict between the secular and the religious, embodied in a split between a father and a son. A young Hasid in a Russian shtetl, the son of a rabbi, somehow gets the overwhelming desire to become an actor in the outside world.  The story is much like the 1927 American film, The Jazz Singer, but DuPont gives a far richer treatment to both sides of this profound “argument” than does Warner Bros.


Composed and performed by Alicia Svigals, violin, and Donald Sosin, piano.

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The growing popularity of the Denver Silent Film Festival means that many of the screenings are likely to sell out.


For this reason, a purchased ticket or festival pass does not guarantee seating! Ticket holders must be seated 10 minutes prior to the listed showtime or that seat may be forfeited.


For more information about rush tickets, see below.


Tickets may be purchased in person at the Alamo Draft House box office.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake box office:

                         4255 W. Colfax Ave. 

                          Denver, CO 80204

Click here for Festival Passes

All tickets and festival passes are non-refundable! FESTIVAL PASSES A festival pass is available for patrons interested in attending all of the films. Festival Passes @ $110 per person.


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $13.00 per Film, $8.00 for students with I.D. $5.00 for children, ages 6 – 12 


RUSH TICKETS are available to fill any remaining seats ten minutes before the scheduled showtime.


Rush tickets are available in person only. The Alamo Draft House box office will distribute a number on a first come-first serve basis. If your number is called, you may purchase a ticket to the film. A number cannot guarantee a seat once the theater is at capacity. Rush ticket purchases are cash only. 


Special note to Parents and Grandparents: Children under the age of 5 may be too young to enjoy the films presented at the festival. Therefore, they will not be admitted into the theater



Address: 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80204

From the East: Take I-70 W to Exit 274 for Colorado Springs, keep left and take I-25 S to Exit 210A (US-40), turn right on Colfax, theater is on your right in less than a mile and a half



From the North: Take I-25 S to Exit 210A (US-40), turn right on Colfax, theater is on your right in less than a mile and a half



From the South: Head north on S. Santa Fe Dr. to I-25 N for Fort Collins, take Exit 210A (US-40), turn left on Colfax, theater is on your right in less than a mile and a half. If you don’t want to get on I-25, you can take S. Santa Fe Dr. north all the way to Colfax, then turn left onto Colfax. The theater will be on your right in about two miles.



From the West: Take US-6 E toward CO-95, take the CO-95/Sheridan Blvd Exit and turn right onto Colfax, theater is on your left in less than a quarter of a mile



Lightrail: A less than 10 minute walk from the W Line’s Perry Station



Bus: The Colfax & Tennyson Stop on the RTD 16 Broadway bus is one block away from the theater



Donald Sosin makes his sixth appearance at the Denver Silent Film Festival this year, and is delighted to be working with local student musicians for the fourth time. A New York native, he has played and composed silent film music for over forty years, appearing at festivals in New York, Telluride, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Germany, and China. Donald accompanies silent films at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Gallery, and on college campuses including Harvard and Yale, Berkeley and Emory. With his wife, singer Joanna Seaton, he has performed at

Donald Sosin

 the National Gallery, in Berlin and Moscow, and Italy's annual film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. They have scored dozens of silents for DVD release, and received commissions from the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Children's Chorus. Donald has taught at Bard College at Simons Rock and at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa. He and Joanna teach songwriting and film music workshops at schools and colleges all over the US. They live in Connecticut and have two children. More information about Donald Sosin can be found at www.silent-film-music.com.

Hank Troy

Pianist Hank Troy began playing for silent movies in 1971 at the Denver Folklore Center. Since then he has accompanied over 1,000 films. For four years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hank was the resident accompanist at the Denver Center Cinema. In 1985, he became the pianist for the silent film series at Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder. The series continues as a summer-long event, drawing nightly audiences of 300-500.  Hank has performed for festivals in Denver, Breckenridge, Santa Fe,

Telluride, and Aspen. Other regional venues include the Rialto Theatre in Loveland, The Denver Art Museum, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He was pianist for two seasons of “Golden Silents”, a film-to-video project produced by KBDI Channel 12 and distributed to PBS stations nationally. His accompaniments have also been used in several television commercials. Hank plays an improvisational style, drawing on the 19th century Romantic tradition of classical music and from popular American tunes from the early 20th Century. Audiences enjoy a unique concert performance when they view a film accompanied by Hank Troy.

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra is a five piece chamber ensemble that revives the lost art and repertoire of the movie theater orchestra. Since 1994, they have scored over 120 silent movies using historic orchestrations, recording over 30 film scores for video release and broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. The Mont Alto Orchestra are regulars at the Telluride Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Silent Film Society of Chicago, and the Kansas Silent Film Festival, and have toured around the United States from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Utsav Lal

Young Steinway Artist, Indian pianist /composer UTSAV LAL, known as the ‘Raga Pianist’ has set a precedent with his innovative handling of Indian Classical music. Recognized for his creative vision, the 26 year classical & jazz pianist has an impressive career  which includes solo performances at  global venues like Carnegie Hall-NYC, Southbank Centre-London,  Kennedy Center-Washington DC and extensive collaborative work with Irish, Scottish and Indian musicians. With his distinctively unique raga repertoire, Utsav Lal has often been the first on the programming calendar of well- known Indian Classical, Jazz, Silent Film & World Music festivals. Debut album release ‘Piano Moods of Indian Ragas” by label Times Music(2008), Utsav has five subsequent records released including a solo recording of ragas on the world’s first ever 'Fluid Piano’, released by the Fluid Piano Tuning label ( 2016). Utsav’s unfailing clarity of technique and rhythmic virtuosity showcases itself in his rendition of ragas. Treading the careful line between an ancient tradition and the innate desire for innovation with utmost respect, Utsav Lal’s music has a powerful intensity that sweeps the audience into a transcendental journey and is known for its sincerity, simplicity and depth. Full artist details on www.utsavlal.com.

The Dollhouse Thieves

The Dollhouse Thieves is a multi-instrumental Denver project started by husband and wife team Niki and Luke Tredinnick that blends elements of neo-rock with indie-folk using jazz-influenced vocals and unconventional instruments such as accordion, clarinet, and trombone. The band members all hold music degrees in composition, education, and performance, and share over a decade of performing and writing music together in various settings across the country to make them an exceptional group. Their aptitude for singing and playing a multitude of string, percussion, woodwind, brass, and keyboard instruments within a wide array of styles evokes enchantment and delight in their audiences. For more information, visit their webpage at www.thedollhousethieves.com.

Denver Silent Film Festival 2020