Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, April 1, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Organist Jerry Nagano Brings Buster Keaton’s Silent Film Classic to Life at Ohlone College

Fremont, CA—A triple treat is in store at the Smith Center on Friday night. Renowned organist Jerry Nagano recreates the authentic experience of silent film days by accompanying Buster Keaton’s 1925 silent classic “Seven Chances,” while noted film historian David Kiehn gives it all a historical context.

Jerry Nagano with a large golden organ.It is the combination of the comedian/director’s masterpiece and Jerry Nagano’s musical score on the organ that truly makes this silent movie experience worthwhile.

Local Fremont historian, David Kiehn is the author of Broncho Billy and the Essanay Film Company, which tells the history of the pioneer film company. Last year, Kiehn was featured on a segment of 60 Minutes for his discovery of footage, the film A Trip Down Market Street, which he discovered was shot only four days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Kiehn has extensive knowledge about Keaton, his favorite silent film comedian, and will discuss both the film and give a brief history of the silent film days.

Buster Keaton.Honored by the Academy Awards and the British film Institute for his monumental achievements in film (Keaton starred in over 100 films, the last appearing just before his death in 1966) Keaton is best known for his characteristic deadpan expression combined with graceful agility and subtle humor. Although not his best-known film, “Seven Chances” is one of the best comedies by the multi-talented actor/director.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nagano began his musical training at the age of ten. After attending a silent movie show accompanied by the mighty Wurlitzer, Jerry was captivated by the idea of accompanying silent films. He began studying organ under Gaylord Carter, one of the great silent film organists of the time. Since moving to the Bay Area Jerry has been on staff at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, since 1998 where classic Hollywood is screened nightly, and is also the House Organist at the renowned Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Don’t miss out on this incredible journey to the past with Jerry Nagano and Buster Keaton’s silent classic “Seven Chances” with an introduction by David Kiehn. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Please visit, or call the Smith Center Box Office at (510) 659-6031 for more information.


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