A dedication to study and live presentation
The Grand Feature Film Orchestra is a unique and versatile ensemble dedicated to bringing special multimedia presentations of some of the best of the arts that are both educational and entertaining. Every year, we develop and build on our impressive repertoire. We present films and music meticulously studied, arranged, restored, and presented in a unique collaboration of sight and sound.
Here is a list of our growing film repertoire – all performed with a LIVE orchestra:
The Arctic Giant - Superman (1942) – (adventure cartoon) A prehistoric dinosaur comes to life and threatens the city. Can Superman save the day?
A Corny Concerto (1943) – (comedy animation) Two funny and beautifully animated stories based on the music of Johann Strauss. It is considered to be the first outing of Daffy Duck and features Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd.
The Kid (1921) – (comedy/drama) Charlie Chaplin plays his iconic character, the Tramp, who befriends and adopts a homeless child. Surviving on quick wit, they are happy until an orphanage threatens to take him away. It’s a funny and sometimes devastating story of love and trust – considered one of Chaplin’s greatest films.
Land Beyond the Sunset (1912) – (drama) In a fantasy storybook, a poor newspaper boy seeks refuge from his alcoholic grandmother. This is an early short Thomas Edison Studios production with surprising depth.
Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – (comedy thriller) A hapless flower shop worker creates a man-eating plant that brings him fame at a huge cost! It's the Roger Corman original 1960 classic camp movie that sparked a remake and a Broadway Musical!
The Lost World (1925) – (action-adventure) Professor Challenger leads a team to bring back evidence of living dinosaurs. Willis H. O'Brien's masterpiece of stop-motion effects creates realistic prehistoric dinosaurs in this thrilling action adventure with a live orchestra and sound effects team!
The Magnetic Telescope - Superman (1942) – (adventure cartoon) Out-of-control scientist creates a giant magnet to pull celestial bodies to the earth for study!
Mechanical Monsters - Superman (1941) – (adventure cartoon) A scientist creates giant robots to steal treasures from the city.
Metropolis (1927) – (sci-fi adventure) A struggle between the inhabitants of two modern cities – those who live in prosperity above and those below who serve at great peril. This legendary film by Fritz Lang is the sci-fi precursor to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and Star Wars. Its special effects and fast-paced editing hold up to today’s cinema. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this giant of movie history.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957) – (drama/unintentional comedy sci-fi) Alien police officers from outer space seek to force the Earth to change its violent ways by raising a zombie attack! This infamous 1957 comedy full-length feature movie classic wasn't intended to be funny. Some put it in the category of “so-bad-it’s-good.” We just think it's loads of fun!
Safety Last (1923) – (comedy/adventure) This is His comic masterpiece! Considered one of the three legendary comedians of the nineteen twenties, Harold Lloyd will thrill you with his death-defying stunts filmed in an age with no digital effects. Safety Last is a funny and stunning film!
Sherlock Junior (1924) – (comedy/adventure) A movie theater projectionist dreams of being a detective! He gets more than he bargained for! Starring Buster Keaton with stunning special effects and stunts! It's comedy at its best! Original score by Evan Losoya!
Steamboat Bill Junior (1928) – (comedy/adventure) A hardened riverboat captain meets his estranged son and attempts to teach him how to be a proper shipman. Keaton's last independent film is one of his funniest. The legendary comic filmmaker does some of his most death-defying stunts with humor and class only Buster Keaton could accomplish! In addition, the film features a brilliant score by Evan Losoya!
Sunrise (1927) – (drama) An evil woman seduces a farmer to murder his wife and flee to the city. This Oscar-winning masterwork is a story of suspense, loss, and redemption—an original live score composed by Evan Losoya.
Tale of Two Kitties (1942) – (comedy cartoon) Two unlucky cats (one smart – one not so much) who set out to make a meal of a poor, defenseless little bird known as Tweety. Little did they know, they were no match for the clever fowl. This is the first cartoon appearance of the famous Tweety Bird, who later became the arch-nemesis of Sylvester the Cat.
Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) - (drama/unintentional comedy sci-fi) Alien interplanetary teenage ranchers in flying saucers come to Earth to raise their man-eating monster lobster herd. That's right!! Gigantic lobsters threaten all of humanity! WHAT WILL WE DO??
This 1959 infamous low-budget sci-fi movie is unintentionally hilarious and loads of fun. The GFFO will use some of the best music on Earth to turn this film into a fun epic adventure you won't want to miss!
A Trip to the Moon (1902) – (action-adventure) A group of professors plan a trip to visit the moon and must escape from the moon monsters’ clutches! The first space science-fiction film ever made!