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PARADEREST presents Buster Keaton’s “The General”

ALL ABOARD for The General!
A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT in commemoration of Memorial Day.
(musical accompaniment by Matthew Marshall and Elizabeth Leverage-Hilles)


3pm – Doors open – Tastings and exhibits in the Lobby!  Enter the raffle!
Wine tastings and food sampling from your favorite local spots.  Be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win fantastic prizes, including a wine tour on the Monticello Wine Trail, a nostalgic excursion ride for the family on the Buckingham Branch Railroad, and Fall 2013 tickets to U.Va. Football!  Full list of participating businesses and raffle prizes will be announced soon.

4pm – Pre-film program.
We will commemorate Memorial Day with an archival newsreel, a classic Popeye cartoon, and remarks from Guest speaker Lieutenant General Joe Inge (USA, Ret.).   A film historian will also offer a look at what makes The General so unique, in the context of the Civil War and the film’s release in 1926.

5pm – ALL ABOARD for The General!

6:20pm – Film concludes, Raffle drawings!

About the Film:
The General is loosely based on a true incident that occurred during the Civil War in 1862. The story follows the trials and tribulations of Engineer Johnny Gray and the two loves of his life: his girl, Annabelle, and his locomotive, The General. Ashamed that he has been rejected at the enlistment office following the start of the Civil War, Johnny is spoiling for a fight. When his train is stolen by Union spies, he chases them down and recovers The General single-handed. That’s the easy part: now he just has to rescue Annabelle, keep from blowing himself up with his own mortar, avoid oncoming Union troops and get his beloved train back to Rebel territory. The movie is full of remarkable sight gags and both the broad humor and bemused subtle touches that often mark Keaton’s movies; also featured is a stupendous and now-iconic train wreck. The General was not kindly received by either the critics or the public when it was released in 1926 and its poor financial showing doomed Keaton’s days as an independent filmmaker. However, legendary movie critic Roger Ebert considered The General to be one of the ten best films of all time.  This film for the whole family is a must-see!

Unrated, Runtime: 1 hr., 18 minutes

About the Accompanists:
Matthew  Marshall, well-known locally for his accompaniment for silent films presented during the Virginia Film Festival, is a visiting assistant professor of film at Hollins University and a film lecturer at the University of Virginia where he teaches courses on film history, theory, and genre studies. He has been composing and performing live music for classic silent films for over 11 years with the Virginia Film Festival. He has recorded soundtracks for the British Edition of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid as well as George Méliès’ Conquest of the Pole.

Originally classically trained in piano and violin, Elizabeth Leverage-Hilles spent her formative musical years accompanying solo musicians on the piano, playing the violin in symphonies and string quartets, and generally driving her parents (and later her husband) crazy with her constant repetition of the hard parts.  She started playing violin professionally in 2006 as part of the Reel Music Ensemble, which performs live accompaniment for silent films in the area, including at the Paramount, Vinegar Hill Theater, and Scottsville’s Victory Hall Theater.  To expand her musical horizons, she picked up the guitar in 2010, plays violin in a rock “jam” group, and is a founding member of Tilt o’ the Kilt, a local Celtic band.

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About ParadeRest
ParadeRest presents its second annual collaboration with the Paramount Theater, following the success of last year’s benefit concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

ParadeRest is a Charlottesville-based and Charlottesville-created organization composed of veterans, non-veterans, and representatives of the Central Virginia community, including the University of Virginia, the Paramount Theater, and many others.  Since 2009, ParadeRest provides ways to engage military service members and their families with the local community.

Primarily, local venues show their gratitude to military personnel by donating tickets to entertainment and sporting events, and ParadeRest acts as an intermediary for those donations.  ParadeRest also creates opportunities for other social outings, such as assisting with Christmas Dinner for the National Guard Armory and annual Memorial Day events at The Paramount Theater.

The transition from military to civilian employment can be a challenge for those returning service-members. The skill-sets that we gain through military service are often very relevant in the private sector as military personnel transition back to civilian life. ParadeRest is all about community and the recognition that our all-volunteer military will contribute to civic life after returning home.  ParadeRest continues to develop a program that helps introduce returning military to employers. By highlighting the commitment that area employers make towards hiring returning military, the “As You Were” Program will increase awareness and opportunity for both military personnel and employers alike.

In essence, ParadeRest is a “grassroots” program of people helping people, by simply starting conversations and making introductions.  It is Central Virginia’s way of honoring those who serve our nation.

ParadeRest thanks our sponsors who make this event possible:






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The Paramount Theater is proud to join forces with community leaders to bring high quality performing arts to our community.

Thank you to our Marquee Producers Club Sponsor!

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Thank you to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their generous support of The Paramount Theater.

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