Cinefest is an annual festival of archival motion pictures which is presented by the Syracuse Cinephile Society. Established by the late Phil Serling in 1980, the event is still going strong, attracting classic film enthusiasts from around the world to the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool.
This year's Cinefest will run four days from Thursday March 15 through Sunday March 18. Nearly 30 silent and sound feature films produced between the early 1900's through the early 1940s will be screened as well as many rare selected short subjects.
Other highlights include a 35mm show March 17, at the Palace Theater, film-related dealer rooms, a memorabilia auction and notable special guests.
Sunday morning will feature Cinefest's annual memorabilia auction hosted by noted film critic, author and historian Leonard Maltin. Other attendees include representatives from such notable film archives as the Library of Congress and the George Eastman House as well as several private archivists. Silent films will be accompanied by live pianists including the world-renowned musicians Jon Mirsalis, Dr. Philip Carli and Gabriel Thibaudeau.
This year's film highlights include the features "The Night of Love" (1927) with Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky, "Beau Brummel" (1924) with John Barrymore and Mary Astor, "I Was A Spy" (1933) with Madeleine Carroll, Herbert Marshall and Conrad Veidt and "The Captain Hates The Sea" (1934) with John Gilbert and Victor McLaglen.
The event will also welcome two in-person guests: author and film historian Richard Bann and former child actor Jerry Tucker.
Bann will present rare Hal Roach-produced silent and early sound comedy shorts from his private collection throughout the event, and Tucker will screen his popular slide-show of stars and scenes from his years in Hollywood. In the 1930s Tucker appeared in various "Our Gang" comedies and portrayed Junior Tracy in the 1938 Republic serial "Dick Tracy Returns." He also acted in feature films alongside Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, Barbara Stanwyck, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney.