Silent Film Screening of The Lost World and Live Piano Accompaniment by Gil Fray
Sunday, August 12th 1:30pm Free
This is the first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. In essence, it is the silent version of "Jurassic Park." Doing the special effects for this movie was the one and only Willis O'Brien. He used a stop motion technique; a technique he perfected in this film and that he used a few years later in a little film called "King Kong.
Gil has been an accompanist since high school and college, when he began with a Super 8 projector and a sheet. In 1980 he became Director of Art Ensemble, which presented an annual Halloween showing of Nosferatu. In addition, he has performed as solo accompanist for Nosferatu at PS 122 in New York City and "Phantom of the Opera" in Philadelphia. Gil has served as the accompanist for the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of Arts since 1974 as well as for its silent film productions since 1994. Gil has also recently presented silent film screenings at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Greensboro.