ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Senior Lecturer Martin Marks scored the recently restored Where are My Children (1916), scheduled for broadcast by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Thursday, Aug. 17. Presented as part of a month-long tribute to women film pioneers, the film was co-written and co-directed by Lois Weber and tackles what Mr. Marks calls "the weighty subjects of birth control, abortion, and 'eugenics' -- with a lot of melodrama in the mix." Check the TCM web page or local listings for the broadcast time. Where Are My Children was one of several films recently restored by the Library of Congress, which also asked Mr. Marks to do music for several more films being restored for a six-video set to be distributed in fall 2001 through the Modern Museum of Art in New York.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Mr. Marks was also involved with the upcoming publication of a set of four DVDs of restored silent films, called "Treasures of American Film Archives." He composed the music and wrote the notes for all the silent films in the set, which is the work of the National Film Preservation Foundation in San Francisco.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody's new play, Matchpoint, was chosen as one of five finalists for the Summer Futurefest in Dayton, Ohio. It was presented at the Dayton Playhouse from July 28-30.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ On campus, Patricia-Marie Weinmann is assistant coordinator of the Technology and Culture Forum. In her other life, she's an active free-lance stage director, a faculty member at the New England Conservatory (and coordinator of the NEC Opera Workshop) and a Visiting Artist for Utah Opera's Young Artist Program. She directed the recent Boston Academy of Music's production of H.M.S. Pinafore staged at the USS Constitution's berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Most of the action took place on a stage immediately adjacent to the ship, but Ms. Weinmann did get to use Old Ironsides for entrances, exits and Act Two's opening number. The Boston Herald praised her "warm, funny staging" and asked, "What better backdrop could there be for the antics of this bunch of bumbling seafarers than the great tall ship that survived the War of 1812 with colors flying?" Ms. Weinmann, who said the National Park Service estimated that 13,000 attended the free performances, added that the Navy and Park Service have committed to making this an annual event.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on August 9, 2000.