Sound of Silent Film Festival

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ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival turns 15 this year!  We’re celebrating the anniversary with two ambitious virtual programs featuring fourteen short modern silent films with newly commissioned musical scores performed live.

This year’s selections include three dramatic thrillers, two comedies, one dark comedy, one very dark comedy, an offbeat romance, two compelling dramas, one that kind of pulls at your heart strings, a compelling look at modern Hong Kong, two gorgeously animated films and a dance film.

There are two completely different programs and they will be live streamed

This is a free presentation but we’re asking for a $20 suggested donation per household.  If you like what you see and hear please consider donating.

Program One

Program Two


Program One

Demons Before Breakfast by Lauren McCune
(Drama, Comedy)
Music by Jonathan Russell
Lou feels isolated with only her personal demons to keep her company. As her feelings of solitude grow, so do the number of demons living in her house.


What If by Winnie Cheung
Music by Lynn Bechtold
In a post-gender world, men wouldn’t be punished for being vulnerable and women wouldn’t have to stay submissive in order to succeed.

Unfortunately, we’ve all been subjected to the same gender narrative dating back to Adam and Eve. But what if there was another creation myth? One where gender was erased altogether?


Devil’s Food Cake by JohnBen Lacy and Mike Elsherif
(Dark comedy)
Music by Seth Boustead
A simpleton makes a deal with the devil in an attempt to win over a judge’s heart at a cake contest.



Constructive Interference by John Akre
Music by Ursula Kwong-Brown and Danny Erdberg
Two sound waves discover the power of cooperation despite the challenges of interference.



Frames by Farhad Pakdel
(Drama, thriller)
Music by Trevor Patrick Watkin
A smart city tracks and analyzes a woman walking through the city. Things she does are interpreted and logged by the city system, but are they drawing an accurate picture of the woman?


  1. Dysrhythmia by Alexander Bickford
    Music by Sarah Wald
    In Saturday detention, a hungry student struggles to make it to lunchtime.



Listen to Me by Touacha Her
Music by Conor Daly, Fiona Ffrench, Liam Lupescu, and Lila Mora
A deaf girl, bullied and broken, takes drastic action. A nearby student worker does the same.



Mantoru by Josh Stone and Kyle Flaherty
(Kung-fu Drama)
Music by Dominic Johnson and Jacob Greenberg
An experimental short about passing the torch to one’s successor. In a post-apocalyptic world, one young warrior explores new territory to survive, and must be brave when he finds what’s in store for him there.


Get the F K Outta Paris by Greg Emetaz
(Drama, thriller)
Music by Rob Steel
A text message turns a depressing laundry night into a mad dash for survival.



Program Two

Marquee by Brian Zahm
(Dark comedy)
– Music by Oren Boneh

An allegorical tale of a person whose soul is possessed by artistic pursuit and the quest for perfection.


The Gift by Julio Pot
(Drama, animated)
Music by Gabriel Malancioiu
The story of an ordinary couple. When he gives her a small sphere pulled out of his chest, she can’t separate herself from her new gift… even after they break up.



Displacements by Manuel Alvarez Diestro
Music by David Keller
Hong-Kong is one of the densest cities in the world. As there is not much space available, new towns are adjacent to the cemeteries.

These days in Hong-Kong the world of the living coexists with the one of the dead. Meanwhile, Hong Kong inhabitants move from place to place. They are waiting for a final displacement.


Early Retirement by David Mair
Music by Gene Pritsker
A grizzled cop seeks vengeance for his fallen partner.



Death by Omelette by Greg Emetaz
Music by Victoria Malawey
When a woman’s suspicions of infidelity are confirmed, she makes her husband a killer omelette…



Beyond the Barrier by Martha Mapes
(Animated drama)
Music by Paul Ayres
A young boy and girl find a way to remain friends in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



N by Iacopo Di Girolamo
(Drama, comedy)
Music by Lyudmila German
An expressionist nightmare in which an inventor and his colleague test the ‘Automaton’, a machine able to create things from nothing. The machine works perfectly as long as the items it’s asked to create start with the letter N…in German. The results of the test will be predictably catastrophic.




Chris Ramaekers – Music Director
David Wetzel – Technical Director

Alyson Berger – cello
Christie Miller – clarinet
Marianne Parker – piano
Trevor Patrick Watkin – flute
Gloria Yehilevsky – percussion
Henry Zheng – violin


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