Kittanning's Only Annual Film Festival


Each year St. John's Lutheran Church provides a free evening of silent films with live musical accompaniment and refreshments.

218 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201

(724) - 548 - 2051

Friday, January 13, 2012

Our Short Films for 2012

February 17, 2012 
7 p.m.

All films will be shown free to the public 
Open seating in the church nave
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

There will be no snow date.

Free popcorn and bottled water will be available.

A Voyage to the Moon 

Written and Directed by Georges Méliès

This stunning and playful early film is the first work of cinematic science fiction, based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne.

This iconic French film was the most original and sophisticated motion picture to date, and it is a wonderful way to open our 6th annual program.  It also helps celebrate our anniversary, since this is the first film we screened on our first program in 2007.  This classic film is at the center of the children's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the new Academy Award nominated film based on the novel, Hugo.

The film will be shown with live narration and organ accompaniment with musical selections from the works of 19th century French theatre composers Charles Gounod and Léo Delibes. 

The film runs 11 minutes.

Film provided and licensed for viewing from Flicker Alley and Mr. David Shepard.

Visit Flicker Alley and see their newly restored 
DVD version of the original hand-tinted color version of this classic film 
Georges Méliès: A Trip to the Moon in Color.

One Week 

Written and Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Kline

Buster Keaton's first released independent short film, One Week is a riotous romp in the real and surreal.  Buster plays a young newlywed with Sybil Seely his blushing bride.  A gift from an Uncle of a plot of land and a modular kit house promises wedded bliss, but instead the jealous former and unsuccessful suitor for Miss Seely decides that now is the time to seek his revenge, which results in chaos and visually stunning stunts and prat falls.

The film runs approximately 20 minutes and will be accompanied by organ to an original score made up of improvisation and themes borrowed from ragtime, photoplay, and dance music published between 1880 and 1920.  This is a newly restored print with excellent picture quality and detail.

Film provided and licensed for showing from Kino Films and Mr. Tim Lanza.

Visit Kino International and see their boxed set of DVD and Blue-Ray discs 
Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection (1920-1923)


A Modern Musketeer 

For more information about our Feature film, 
please see the proceeding blog post of November 14, 2011

Please join us for this special screening with 
live theater orchestra
made possible by a grant from the

Armstrong County Community Foundation

All films shown via DVD projector.