A letter from Executive Director Stacey Wisnia

True art transcends time.

Silent film presented with beautiful live musical accompaniment has a transformative power that bridges cultures and eras, bringing us together and reminding us of our common humanity. Your support, which enables us to mount these enriching live cinema presentations, is more important than ever.

The 22nd annual SF Silent Film Festival (June 1-4) will be dedicated to the memory of our friend and advisor David Shepard, whose generosity and knowledge made an incalculable impact on the field of film preservation and restoration. SFSFF 2017 will include two films David recently restored with Lobster Films, as well as a special program of shorts hand-selected by David’s longtime collaborator, Serge Bromberg.

Our audience will be the first to witness the beautiful new restoration of The Three Musketeers (1921), with the inimitably dashing Douglas Fairbanks, which was restored by The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the SFSFF, as well as the previously lost Cecil B. DeMille production Silence (1926), our sixth restoration in partnership with Cinémathèque Française! Plus, a very special discovery—a reel from a lost film starring two festival favorites—will be revealed later this spring!

With eighteen programs representing nine countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, UK, USA, and the USSR), two films directed by women(!), more than 36 musicians from around the world, and many new restorations including three SFSFF had a direct hand in—this year’s festival is not to be missed!

Our ability to present this variety and caliber of live cinema experiences—with renowned musicians, special guests, and high-quality prints from archives around the world–depends on the financial support of people like you, our fabulous audience, whose enthusiasm and generosity have been essential to SFSFF’s success and growth. Simply put, we cannot do it without you.

Please help us create more indelibly unique cinematic events by making a contribution to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

With much appreciation,






Stacey Wisnia, Executive Director