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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Teeny-Tiny Films Series: Classic Silent Films from France

  Voyage to the Moon
French silent films will screen April 10 as part of UCSD's ArtPower

UCSD's ArtPowe presents the Teeny-Tiny Films Series' Classic Silent Films from France on Thursday, April 10 at 8:00pm at the University's Calit2 Theatre. The event features live music by Scott Paulson's Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra and short surprises from Georges Méliès, the Lumière Brothers, and more. Plus the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra has designed the event as an interactive one as volunteers from the audience will be called upon to help. "My goal," says Paulson, "is to get the audience actively involved with the performance. Here is an opportunity to work with the greatest actors and directors of all time."

Jon from UCSD
April 15, 2008 at 06:01 AM
Went to this event and thought it was awesome! Teeny Tiny Orchestra puts on a great show and Scott Paulson always delivers, my friend even got to play an instrument!!


Beth Accomando
April 15, 2008 at 06:34 AM
I'm glad you sought this out and enjoyed it. Scott is amazing and has such enthusiasm and passion. Did your friend play the Theremin? Thanks for the comment.

Nichole from san diego
April 15, 2008 at 07:31 AM
I loved the event! The teeny tiny film series has become my favorite event at UCSD, Scott, as well as the teeny tiny orchestra are awesome performers and I love the films that are shown as well. Thank you for highlighting this event in your blog! -- It is definitely worth talking about.

Joyce Axelrod
April 15, 2008 at 10:06 AM
I am a fan of Scott Paulsons from "way back". I heard his Theramin performance with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra last month. And now, good for UCSD's ArtPowe!

jan from signal hill ca
April 15, 2008 at 12:26 PM
How awesome is Scott? DAMNED awesome. His love of the arts, and especially eclectic music, is not just compelling, but a joy to see (and hear). Although I live too far away to attend hardly any of your local events, please, those of you who are local, go to these enchanting events. You'll be glad you did!


Linda Libby from San Diego
April 15, 2008 at 01:48 PM
Great article! This event is the best way to link cinema present & past. Great combo of entertainment, art, and education. Scott and Beth are both San Diego treasures!

April 15, 2008 at 02:32 PM
Scott is indeed "awesome"!

Satomi from UCSD
April 15, 2008 at 02:44 PM
I’ve been a big fan of Scott’s the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for several years. I’d never experienced such a “theater” (not “movie”) until I went to the Silence Film Series held at the UCSD Geisel Library. As the article states, this whole theatrical experience is audience participating semi-improvised music making. In addition, it is so fun to play and hear unconventional musical instruments with the orchestra. I’m glad that the Teeny-Tiny Films Series is getting more popular.

Melanie from San Diego
April 15, 2008 at 03:12 PM
Scott Paulson's productions are full of whimsy and delight. You barely notice that you are gaining quite an education in the history of film and music. He is a maestro!

Beth Accomando
April 15, 2008 at 04:17 PM
Well I'm glad to hear that Scott has so many fans. I met him for the first time when I did a feature on Sledgehammer Theater's Seven Crimes and he was providing the music. He was so much fun to interview that I hated to end it. Let's hope there will be a lot more opportunities for screenings... um, I mean theater, such as this in the future. Thanks to all for your comments and your support of events like the Teeny Tiny Film Series.

Barbara Henderson from San Marcos
April 15, 2008 at 04:36 PM
I'm so glad you've highlighted Scott and his Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. I've attended a number of his shows and always look forward to the next one. I'd read about his audience-participation, but having zero musical talent, I had no intention of playing an instrument. Then I saw the coconuts! (sound effects for horses' hooves) That captivated this Monty Python fan and I was hooked. I was like a kid waiting for a birthday party as I hoped there would be more and more horses on the screen. I continue to make it a point to repeat that joyful experience - even branching out to other instruments if there aren't any coconut scenes! Barbara - San Marcos

clara from UCSD
April 15, 2008 at 06:16 PM
I always like his shows, he is such a great entertainer. I love the way he always makes the audience part of the show, specially when presenting silent movies like this one. You always end up having more fun than you expected!

April 15, 2008 at 09:19 PM
scott paulson gave me some place to be on valentines day :`)

Jon from UCSD
April 16, 2008 at 12:14 AM
Hi Beth! The theramin was awesome but no he played something else, don't know the name though!

Beth Accomando
April 16, 2008 at 02:11 AM
OMG coconuts! I can see the appeal for a Python fan. Hey Jon, too bad he didn't get to play the Theremin, it looks like a lot of fun. Thanks again for all the comments.

Scott Paulson from UCSD Arts Library
April 16, 2008 at 02:52 AM
Jon: your friend played the vibra-slap (it makes that distinctive rattling sound that you hear in Ennio Morricone's score to "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood!) That percussion instrument is the modern-day replacement for the ritual instrument known as (and obviously looking like and actually being) the jawbone of an ass.

Wendy Clemente from La Jolla
April 16, 2008 at 05:09 PM
Scott's work is amazing, because he has never lost his "gee whiz" factor -- music, art, cinema, and performing have never ceased to be energizing to his creativity. I have been following his work for the last 10 years, and it never disappoints. Keep it up!

Cheryl Brown from SDSU
April 17, 2008 at 03:42 AM
It's a really easy decision: if Scott's doing it, just show up! You're sure to have a terrific time and get caught up on your giggles. Multum in Parvo.