Travel back in time with 1922 Cinema Centennial on September 28 at the Music Box Theater

The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will present its 1922 Cinema Centennial program on Wednesday, September 28 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. The celebration of films released 100 years ago will begin at 7 p.m. and will include two short films followed by a feature film. Each silent film will be presented with music and sound effects performed live by local artists.

“This year’s program is centered around children,” according to Tricia Legat, director of the centenary program of cinema. “These stories contain a special kind of magic because they are from the perspective of children; those who see the world as a place of wonder, adventure and potential for the future.”

“One hundred years ago, we were just taking our first steps into the future of the modern world,” Legat continued. “It was only in 1922 that the White House installed its first radio, Congress welcomed its first female senator, and the Harlem Renaissance began to shine the spotlight on talented performers like Langston Hughes and Louis Armstrong.”

The original music will be performed live by Gail Gallagher, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, composer and music teacher. Gallagher has developed her piano improvisational skills over the past decade as musical director for the Chicago improv scene.

“My music is lyrically driven, witty and vulnerable,” says Gallagher. “Recently I’ve been writing more comedic songs and exploring elements of genre parody.”

Live sound effects will be performed by Nicholas White, freelance percussionist, historian, and Chicago instrument collector. White’s growing collection of percussion instruments specifically used in the field of silent film would be featured at the 1922 Cinema Centennial. White was also an active performer with professional orchestras throughout the country.


“I’m a huge fan of early 20th century jazz music,” says White. “I often perform and arrange 1920s xylophone music and play with 1920s jazz bands here in Chicago.”

The first short film set for the one-night event invites audiences to watch a cartoonist and his animated clown compete to see who can burst the biggest “bubbles.” Afterwards, “Our Gang” will engage in a series of shenanigans together as they initiate a new member and keep the shop run by another’s mother in business.

The evening will end with Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney in “Oliver Twist”, the story of an orphan boy whose character is tested once he falls into the hands of criminals. As Oliver proves to be an honorable young man, events beyond his control put both his hope of finding a real home and his very life in jeopardy.

Tickets are available at the Music Box Theater box office for $10. Music Box Theater members receive a $3 discount. For more information on the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival’s Cinema Centennial program and to purchase tickets, visit

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization that seeks independently produced films by bold and innovative filmmakers who use story elements in new and exciting ways, showcasing character-driven independent cinema fueled by the filmmaker’s passion for the craft without studio support.

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