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‘Silents Synced’ Pairs Classic Silent Movies With Rock Music From Radiohead, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and More!

Blue Starlite, an independent boutique drive-in cinema founded in Austin in 2009,  is announcing its first national cinema event series titled Silents Synced” where classic silent movies will be paired with rock music, featuring such influential groups as Radiohead, R.E.M., They Might Be Giants, Pearl Jam, Pixies, and Amon Tobin.  Silents Synced series 1 is the first of multiple series to be produced by Blue Starlite Entertainment, the new content arm of the popular local independent drive-in.

These alternative content screenings will be distributed starting this fall via a partnership with independent event cinema distributor, CineLife Entertainment®, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, which are now booking exclusively to independent indoor and drive-in cinema networks domestically.

Silents Synced is a strategic format to draw new audiences to cinemas for a communal music experience like no other,” said Josh Frank, CEO and creator of Silents Synced.

This event cinema concept is in direct response to the incredible surge of attendance and interest in drive-in theaters during the pandemic in addition to addressing the ongoing important conversation exploring how cinemas can expand their audiences through exciting innovations in alternative content.

Frank continued, The question for independent theater operators has become what can we do to inspire people to leave their homes outside of Hollywood blockbusters films? While traditional moviegoers will always be our lifeblood, music fans will go to greater lengths for a shared experience.They are a fundamentally new audience for us all.  With these essential artists and our distribution partner, CineLife Entertainment, we seek to inspire people to gather in cinemas and invigorate independent theaters in a totally new way to help them with engaging and unique events.”

Blue Starlite initiated conversations with the management of these artists to reimagine these timelesssilent films with their seminal albums and other selections from their catalogues in direct response to the influx of home streaming habits and options and a desire to create a completely new cinematic experience.

FEATURE ATTRACTION Radiohead: Nosferatu

Silents Synceds first season will kick off in the fall of 2024 with Radioheads KID A (2000) / Amnesiac (2001)” paired with Nosferatu (1923), with future films slated to follow every four months.  A world premiere, one night only Silents SyncedRadiohead: Nosferatu” will take place in advance of its national launch in the fall.  R.E.M.s Silents Synced film is slated for distribution in early 2025.

The guys thought it seems like a good idea and they like the uncanny way their music and Buster Keatons Sherlock, Jr., match up — kind of perfect.  What a great and unlikely way of presenting great art,” stated Bertis Downs, Manager for R.E.M.

Additional titles will follow suit throughout 2025 with time honored silent films to be announced soon, synced to They Might Be Giants, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Amon Tobin, and more to be announced as additional deals are finalized.

There is something strangely appealing about syncing modern music to an old silent film — it brings a whole new perspective. I like to imagine Buster Keaton moving around on set with a 1927 version of They Might Be Giants bouncing around in his head. It’s a perfect combo,” says Pete Smolin, manager of They Might Be Giants.

Were thrilled to be a partner in distributing because we believe in the power of event cinema combined with alternative musics most enduring artists,” said CineLife Entertainment’s EVP, Bernadette McCabe.  “This is a concept that should work equally well for independent, indoor and drive-in cinemas as it offers attainable event cinema that will appeal to multiple generations of current patrons, as well as music fans.”

“What Josh Frank has accomplished with Silents Synced exemplifies the creativity, DIY ethos, and commitment to cinema as an art form and a culture that defines the independent film exhibition landscape,” stated Kate Markham, Managing Director of Art House Convergence.

Learn more about this amazing cinematic experience at www.SilentSynced.com.