THE GREAT NICKELODEON SHOW (2017)

Director and producer Russell Merritt, along with music director Frederick Hodges, invites spectators to relive the days of yore with The Great Nickelodeon Show. This exhilarating experience recreates the Nickelodeon shows of the early 20th century, a time when the earliest films were projected to viewers for a nickel or two. These short one-reelers often ran for less than 15 minutes, sharing the stage with vaudeville acts, illustrated songs, hand-colored projection slides and lecturers by men in frock coats. See and hear this grandiose spectacle as early filmgoers did. Six contributors will bring the images and sounds of the past to life through live musical accompaniment and vibrant displays. Shorts from pioneers of cinema—both world renowned and obscure—such as Segundo de Chomon, Gaston Velle, Georges Méliès and D.W. Griffith will be shown with live music for some and vivid, hand-painted colors for others. Silent theaters of the past used the theater owner or vaudeville performers to narrate the on-screen action or double as on-screen voices. Today, you can experience this anomaly with The Great Nickelodeon Show’s performers. (89m, Digital)

In attendance: SEBASTIAN BOSWELL III, LORI LEIGH GIELEGHEM, FREDERICK HODGES, RUSSELL MERRITT, SEAN SHARP, GREGORY TIEDE