Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House

sjff_02_img0600Long be fore he introduced the world to the likes of George Bailey, Jefferson Smith, or Mr. Deeds, lengendary director Frank Copra told the tale of the bawdy occupants of Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House. Adapted from a Rudyard Kipling poem, this 1922 silent short is a far cry from teh sentimental and often idealistic “Capra Corn” for which the director would later become a Holly wood legend. In fact, Fultah Fisher’s Borading House wasn’t even made in Hollywood. Capra shot the film in San Francisco at a fledgling studio run by a former Shakespearean actor who offered Capra the directing job on a whim. The film was Capra’s first foray into the world of cinema, and despite his constant claims that he “bluffed” his way thorugh the entire process, he managed to write, cast, direct, and edit the film all on his own, with a meager budget of $1,700. A silent film like Fultah Fisher’s House makes for a more unique addition to the lineup for this year’s “Film & Music” event. The film hails from an era when live musical accompaniment was crucial to the movie-going experience. Thus, no two viewings of a film were exactly the same, because the audience experience relied heavily on the skill and style of the accompanist performing. The Global Film Festival is pleased to be able to recreate a viewing experience representative of the nascent days of silent cinema. helping us in this endeavor is the William and Mary faculty member Chrisitine Niehaus, who will be performing an original composition made specifically to accompany this film.