The New Talkies:
Portland–San Francisco Neo-Benshi Cabaret
Writers/performers from San Francisco and Portland turn down the sound and talk back to the movies, updating the lost art of "film-telling."
Spare Room (Portland) and kino21 (San Francisco) copresent
The New Talkies: A Portland-San Francisco Neo-Benshi Cabaret
Inspired by the film-tellers, or benshis, of the silent era in Japan, neo-benshi invites
contemporary artists to turn off the sound and perform their own scripts to brief scenes from films of their choosing. Previous installments of The New Talkies have brought together diverse audiences of poetry, performance, and film fans in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.