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ACTU to present ‘Sunday Matinee’ on Nov. 10

Arts for the Community at Thomas University presents a “Sunday Matinee” on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on the Thomas University Main Campus. The program will feature silent movies with live music and interludes from the era with Jim Amend, piano; Karl Barton, flute; and Rebecca Fadell, soprano.

“We picked some of the most iconic films of the era from the very early, futuristic trip to the moon with the most advanced special effects of all the films to one of the first films with the damsel in distress tied to the railroad tracks by the dastardly villain, complete with handlebar mustache twirling and an incredible chase scene,” said Karl Barton, series coordinator.

Films include Georges Melies’ 1902 hand colored version of “A Trip to the Moon,” Mack Sennett's 1913 “Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life,” and scenes from the 1923 “Safety Last!” with Harold Lloyd and 1925’s “The Gold Rush” with Charile Chaplin.

“The advent of internet repositories for public domain music published before 1923 has also made it possible to find a lot of original photoplay music and selections from the era that will help bring the films to life,” Barton continued. “Additionally, Dr. Amend has such a talent for picking music in response to what he sees, that the element of surprise will be sure to delight everyone.”

The program is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person. A reception will follow the performance. For additional information,, call (229) 227-6964 or e-mail


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