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Ben Model

Visiting Professor of Film Studies


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Ben Model

Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 40 years he has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre. His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel and DVD releases from his own label Undercrank Productions.  Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 21st season in NYC. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin and Keaton are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands. Ben has co-curated a number of film series for MoMA; he is also the archivist for the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams collection (Ediad Productions) and has curated programmed two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows.

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Spring 2021
FILM 336 - 01
Silent Storytelling