Just two chances to see Seven Chances: Duck Soup Cinema Returns with the Keaton Classic
Overture’s silent film series, Duck Soup Cinema, gets underway for the 2015/16 season with the Buster Keaton 1925 classic Seven Chances on Saturday, October 24, with a matinee screening at 2 pm and an evening showing at 7 pm.
About the film
Can a junior lawyer find a wife in one day, if it means he inherits $7 million? Whether he can or not, Buster Keaton makes the whole escapade a lot of fun!
This madcap caper movie features one of Keaton’s most famous scenes — a spectacularly hilarious nine-minute chase sequence, capped off by a ridiculous avalanche of rocks.
A few more fun facts:
- Jean Arthur, who would later become a major star, appears in a small, uncredited role.
- The film’s opening scenes were shot in a very early Technicolor. This rare footage survives on the Kino International special edition DVD print.
- The film is based on a 1916 play by Roi Cooper Megrue.
- The memorable avalanche sequence employs 150 “rocks” made of papier mache and chicken wire.
- The Three Stooges revived and reworked this story twice — once in Brideless Grooms and once in Husbands Beware.
- The International Buster Keaton Society recreated the Seven Chances “Bridal Run” in the streets of Muskegon, Michigan at their 2010 convention.
About the Acts
Before the film, you’ll be entertained by a variety of local performers, including:
- Master of Ceremonies Joe Thomas
- Balloon-twisting clown Doc the Rube
- Dan “The Magic Man” Feaster
- Magician Garrett Stuart Waite
- Singer and 2014 Overture’s Rising Stars finalist Meg Aspinwall
- The Wild Rumpus Circus
About the Organist
Indiana native Jelani Eddington took up the piano at the age of four, but a trip to a restaurant at the age of eight changed everything. The 4-manual 42-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed in the Indianapolis, Indiana restaurant, the Paramount Music Palace, introduced Jelani to the sounds of the theatre pipe organ. Soon thereafter, he began to pursue classical organ lessons and ultimately began studying theatre organ under the direction of John Ferguson, whose skills as a theatre organ instructor have been highly acclaimed internationally.
At the age of 13, Jelani won the American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition, prevailing over competitors ages 13-21 from the United States, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Jelani remains the youngest competitor ever to win this title. Jelani went on to graduate from Indiana University in 1996 and Yale Law in 1999, after which time he was admitted to practice law in New York State.
During the course of his concert career, Jelani has been featured at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, and has toured extensively throughout the world, including numerous concert appearances in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He has also accompanied numerous silent films and appears regularly at film series. In 2007, Jelani accompanied the classic film, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, for an international organ festival in Finland on the country’s largest pipe organ.
Jelani has also produced and marketed over 30 theatre organ albums on some of the best-known and most dynamic instruments in the country. In August 2001, the American Theatre Organ Society honored Jelani’s extensive career as a concert and recording organist by naming him the 2001 Theatre Organist Of The Year. Jelani retains the distinction of being the youngest-ever recipient of this prestigious honor.
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