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Jun
06

Sponsored Video + Podcast: Ben Model on the Art of the Chase

Buster Keaton in COPS.

Buster Keaton in COPS.

Okay, I’ve really got to thank Samsung now, not just for being a sponsor, but also a friend. I’ve long wanted to do a show with Ben Model, silent film accompanist extraordinaire, and since Samsung’s latest episode of their comedy series FACT CHECKERS UNIT is essentially an extended chase sequence between the intrepid scandal-rag detectives and a shape-shifting James Franco (creeeeeepy!), it seemed like a good excuse to talk with the man who has scored so many chases they’re probably a core component of his thought processes by now.

Institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Kino Video, and the Library of Congress count on Ben’s compositional skills and tinkling ivories to bring that final, crucial bit of life to the works of D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Mack Sennett, and on and on, so he’s managed to develop some unique insights into the art and craft of having people, animals, and vehicles in furious pursuit (not plants, though, unless you want to count DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS). Have a listen to the show, and also check out the special, “James Franco is Preggers” episode of FACT CHECKERS UNIT below, ‘cuz it’s pretty damn funny in and of itself.

Our thanks to the Museum of Modern Art for hosting this interview.
And check out Ben Model’s silentfilmmusic.com.

Samsung’s FACT CHECKERS UNIT:
“James Franco is Preggers”

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