Sound of Silent Film Festival 2018

Integrating Musical Creativity into Everyday Life

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival moves to the lovingly restored Davis Theater with an all-new program and, for the first time, a special late night “viewer discretion advised” program.

Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, this one night only event is a don’t miss.

WARNING, The Davis is a smaller theater than the Music Box, our previous home, and this event WILL sell out.

Saturday, April 14 7:00 PM, late night at 9:30 PM
Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets are $25 for main show only, $15 for late show only, $35 for both.



Sound of Silent Film Festival is supported in part by:


That Unusual Brick
by Jesse Burks (Comedy)
– Music by Nicole Murphy
In a posh, swanky restaurant, a neurotic man’s perfect meal is interrupted by an unexpected little guest.




Two Black Coffees by Michael Driscoll  (Film Noir, Thriller, Mystery)
– Music by Donny Walker
A desperate woman has one moment of chance to escape from her domineering husband, and into the arms of her secret lover.



Nation Down by Liam Hendrix Heath (Drama, Science Fiction)
– Music by Dominic Johnson
On a world locked in a dystopian nightmare, a tyrant combats a sudden eruption of riots and pillages.





The Scroll of Morlock by Dash Finley (Horror, Comedy)
– Music by Lawrence Axelrod
A wraith-like ghoul stalks the corridors of an opulent country estate, threatening an elegant maiden and her brave beau



The Man Who Was Ill by Luke Marsden (Drama, Comedy)
– Music by Elizabeth Start
Who will Waldo Swobota choose – his fiancé, or her one-eyed sister? How did Lena Prewne’s eyes end up inside a glass jar? What does Doctor Schlessighesstfahlen have to do with all this? And will the wise old crone point the sick painter in the direction of true love? A love letter to silent cinema.


atoms of ashes
by Maggie Scrantom (Drama, Experimental)
– Music by Nattalie Dietterich
A young woman weaves through the stages of grief after a miscarriage, confronting the vast universe inside her own body and beyond. Where do we begin and end if we are already made of stardust?




Saturn Return by Evan Curtis (Animation, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure)
– Music by Anthony Green
If I have seen further, it is from standing on the shoulders of giants.





Margaret and the Moon by Trevor Morgan (Animation, Adventure)
– Music by Gary Rubio
Margaret and the Moon is the story of an unpopular little girl who falls in love with her imagination and learns the value of true friendship.



9:30 (Viewer discretion advised)

Frollein Frappe by Vanessa Aab
– Music by Seth Boustead
Franz and Greta are deeply in love with each other, even though they are cousins and social conventions forbid them to act on their desire and feelings for each other. In the tradition of 20′s surrealist cinema the line between dreams and reality blur as the loving couple tries to undermine the moral standards in a romantic and comic way. But when Greta suddenly changes her mind and leaves Franz’s vision, his emotions fall into a bottomless abyss.


When You Call Me That, Smile by Nick Toti  (Drama, Comedy)
– Music by Sebastian Huydts
A man leaves his quiet life in the country to become a comic entertainer in the Big City. His journey is a Surreal celebration of the descent into a Hell of narcissistic self-destruction. In a string of events ranging from antisocial transgression to racist provocation to fantastic flights of absurdity, our protagonist loses grasp of his humanity and bit by bit slips into complete animal degradation. A comedy.


Tea Party by Brian Zahm (Experimental, Horror)
– Music by Gunnelpumpers
Called ‘grotesque, erotic and surreal,’ TEA PARTY explores the inner-world of one lady’s daily ritual. This film makes a methodical march from aged stasis toward a frenzied crescendo brimming with archetypal images of youth and fertility.



Manos de la Muerte by Dave Less (Drama)
– Music by Seth Boustead
An orphaned young woman is sent to live with her aunt who goes to great lengths to find her a suitor, whether she wants one or not.




Leatherface in Love by Alexander Bickford (Horror, Comedy)
– Music by Tony Scott-Green
Leatherface meets his female counterpart in this darkly comedic reintroduction to one of the horror genre’s most iconic characters.