For more than a decade, the F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series has been honored to present the Alloy Orchestra — Terry Donahue, Roger Miller, and Ken Winokur — performing their own scores for major classic films.
Dubbed “the best in the world at accompanying silent film” by the late film critic Roger Ebert, the trio will open the fall F.I.L.M. series when they visit Hamilton College one last time before the musicians go their separate ways.
On Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m., they will provide live accompaniment for Buster Keaton’s The General (1926), an epic action thriller that set the standard for dangerous stunts by director and star Keaton.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m., the Alloy Orchestra will accompany one of the great sci-fi/fantasy films, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927).
F.I.L.M. series events take place in the Bradford Auditorium in Hamilton’s Kirner-Johnson Building and are free and open to the public. Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald has directed the F.I.L.M. series for more than 25 years.
Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.: Paweł Wojtasik and John Bruce present End of Life (2019).
Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.: Cinema Sarah Lawrence Director Jay Craven will present a work-in-progress rough-cut of sections of a new film, Martin Eden.
Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 3:30 p.m.: Paul Cronin presents A Time to Stir (2018), his epic, 7 ½-hour immersion in the Columbia University revolt of 1968.
Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.: Yu Yonggang’s The Goddess (1934), with live accompaniment by Min Xiao Fen on pipa and Rez Abassi on guitar, playing their own score.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4:15 p.m.: Sharon Lockhart presents an artist’s talk and her newest film Rudzienko (2016, 54 minutes).
Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.: Dominic Gagnon presents Going South (2018).