Presented by Herberger Theater and ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture
March 24, 2017 – March 25, 2017
The Herberger Theater and ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture are pleased to present a Sherlock Holmes Film Festival.
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
* Sherlock Holmes (a newly-restored edition of Berthelet’s 1916 silent film starring William Gillette – one of the earliest appearances of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective ) with live music composed and performed by Donald Sosin.
* Discussion/Q&A after with world renowned silent film composer and accompanist Donald Sosin and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt
* Discussion moderator Dr. Peter Lehman
Sherlock Holmes – Long considered lost until a complete dupe negative was identified in the vaults of la Cinémathèque française last year, this William Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. By the time it was produced at Essanay Studios in 1916, Gillette had been established as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage—having played him approximately 1300 times since his 1899 debut. This newly-restored edition, thanks to the monumental efforts of both the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and la Cinémathèque française, represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette’s Holmes on film.
Saturday, March 25
Featuring the films:
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Hound of the Baskervilles
Includes discussion/Q&A with screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher and Sherlock Holmes scholar Russell Merritt.
Tickets and prices coming soon!
Jeffrey Hatcher is an award-winning writer for stage, screen, and television. He has written screenplays for the films “The Duchess” with Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, “Casanova” with Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, “Stage Beauty” with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, and, most recently, “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen. He has also written episodes of “Columbo,” “The Mentalist,” and the TV movie, “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival.” His plays and adaptations include the book for the Broadway musical “Never Gonna Dance,” “Three Viewings,” “A Picasso,” “Scotland Road,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom), “Ten Chimneys,” “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” “Mrs. Mannerly,” “Murderers,” “Ella,” “Mercy of a Storm,” “Smash,” “Armadale,” “Korczak’s Children,” “To Fool the Eye,” “The Falls,” “A Piece of the Rope,” “Louder Faster,” “What’s the Word For,” “John Gabriel Borkman,” “Brand,” “An Enemy of the People,” “Pillars of Society,” “The Government Inspector,” “The Good Soldier,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and others hundreds of theaters in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent adaptation is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” starring Nick Offerman as “Ignatius J. Reilly.”
Professor Russell Merritt has taught at Cal Berkeley in the Department of Film & Media since 1986, is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. Although by day he writes and teaches courses on art house cinema, animation, D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, and early film, he has not overcome his boyhood fascination with Holmes and Conan Doyle, and continues to write about them. Among his non-Sherlockian publications, he has written two books with J.B. Kaufman on Walt Disney’s early films:, Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies and Walt in Wonderland. He has also produced and directed the Great Nickelodeon Show, a recreation of a turn-of-the-century nickelodeon program which has played at the Telluride Film Festival, Il Giornate del Cinema Muto, the Los Angeles Film Festival, in San Francisco and for the grand opening of the Berkeley Art Museum. It is scheduled for the TCM Film Festival in 2017.