Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is proud to present the return of the Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival, a three-day cinematic excursion exploring the pleasures, history, and lost art of silent film. Spanning classic comedies, dramatic features, and rare cinematic treats, these film classics are brought to life with live piano or ensemble accompaniment and original scores. Selected to draw attention to the powerful chemistry that exists between the cinematic image and music, these offerings are outstanding examples of how musical scoring can be more powerful than dialogue, imbuing the cinematic material with rich significance and expression.

Returning after a COVID-19 hiatus, this year’s Festival is curated by Buxton’s friend and frequent creative partner John Ellis with help from musician, composer, and arts advocate Andrew Joyslyn, and collaboration from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.


$50 members | $60 public

The festival pays tribute to Frank Buxton, a longtime champion, advocate and appreciator of the arts. During his lifetime, Frank made significant contributions in film, television, comedy, and theater. Beyond his own contributions, Frank was a consummate champion, advocate, historian, and fan of the work of other artists. He was particularly delighted in sharing special work with others, increasing their understanding and appreciation of adventurous, excellent, and innovative cinematic works.