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Live bands score "Buster vs. Charlie" silent movie series at Dreamland

by Melissa Chipman

When I was in college, disco saw a revival. My friends and I prepped for a night out by listening to Donna Summer and doing the Hustle. I was the belle of many a college party in my thrifty mother’s moth-balled halter dresses from the 70’s.

When I got my first solo apartment in Tampa, Florida a few years after college, my first purchases for the new abode were a bar cart, an ice bucket, and a cocktail shaker, even though I’d moved to a city where I had no friends.

I was listening to lounge music and the Rat Pack and doing my best to find my inner Audrey Hepburn.

Now, I have many friends who are as addicted to Turner Classic Movies as they are to “Breaking Bad.” Many of my peers would be more able to engage in an intelligent conversation with my grandmother (were she still with us) about movies and music than they would be with a sixteen-year-old. I know more women willing to admit a crush on Gene Kelley than on Brad Pitt.

Regressive nostalgia has sent us hurtling backwards the older we get. “Downton Abbey” is surely part of this. The excitement around the upcoming Baz Luhrmann production of “The Great Gatsby” is perfectly timed for my peer group.

As is the upcoming Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin movie series at Dreamland Film Center.

From the news release:

History is filled with great rivalries. From Cain vs Abel to Coke vs Pepsi, from Dogs vs Cats to Godzilla vs King Kong, rivalries are more than just competition, jealousy, or enmity. Rivalries offer the audience an opportunity to rally behind their beloved.

Dreamland Film Center is proud to announce another addition to the field. Buster vs Charlie is a 6-month series that profiles two of the greatest silent era comedians. Each program contains four short films, two by each filmmaker, which will screen once a month from January through May. And to add extra punch to this series, each performance will be presented with live musical accompaniment featuring a few of Louisville’s most electrifying performers.

First up is Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band. Scored by composer and conductor Joe Dunn, Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band is a fourteen piece orchestra featuring saxes, trombones, tubas, trumpets, clarinets, guitars, keyboards, drums and bass. Prepare to be impressed by this BIG Band! 

Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band feels like one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Even though they’ve been around since 2010 and play almost weekly on Tuesday nights at the NachBar in Germantown, this orchestra with rotating members is still flying under the radar a bit.

YFNBB will be scoring the January installment of the Buster vs. Charlie series at Dreamland, 810 E. Market Street in NuLu. Admission is $12 or $10 for Louisville Film Society members. Performances are:

Thu., Jan. 10 @ 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 11 @ 7:15 & 10 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 12 @ 7:15 & 10 p.m.

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