I heard several people say the best cinematic experience they've had in a long time was at the San Francisco International Film Festival live performance of Brand Upon the Brain (photos). The theatrical release won't be the same, but with no foley artists or live musicians, it will be easier to pay attention to the quick cuts of the film.
Guy Maddin wrote that one of the reasons he made Brand was to get more people to see silent films.
At the San Francisco screening, he said the first time he saw a silent film with live music was at the San Francisco film festival in the 80s. Hopefully some of the people who see Brand will go to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro July 13th - 15th.
The opening film at the festival, the Golden Door, directed by Emanuele Crialese and starring Vincenzo Amato also opened in San Francisco this weekend.
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com