Silents is golden opportunity

Caledonian Produce sponsor youth programme for silent film festival
Caledonian Produce sponsor youth programme for silent film festival

The popular Silent Film Festival held annually at the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness is a golden opportunity for engaging the town’s young people in film-making.

Hand-in-hand with the festival, there is, courtesy of Caledonian Produce, an educational event for local young people.

During the project they learn about the early pioneering days of film when soundtracks were performed live as the film played.

This year participants will be working with Jason Singh, a leading beatboxer and vocal sculptor, to create a soundtrack. They will also hear from representatives of the Scottish Screen Archive and Glasgow University’s ‘‘Early Cinema in Scotland’’ team.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, operators of the Hippodrome, said: ‘‘We’re delighted the festival’s youth engagement team is receiving continued sponsorship from key local employers Caledonian Produce and welcome new project funding this year from Cashback for Creativity Open Arts Fund.

‘‘We pride ourselves in working collaboratively with our partners and this support will benefit young people .’’

Scott McBride, operations manager of Caledonian 
Produce, said: ‘‘There are some excellent activities taking place as part of the programme and we’re very pleased to be able to support the festival in this way.

The 2015 Festival of Silent Film in Bo’ness runs from Wednesday, March 18-Sunday, March 22 and the full programme will be announced on Tuesday, February 10.