D. W. Griffith’s WAY DOWN EAST With Live Musical Accompaniment in Fort Worth



The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS), in partnership with the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a special screening of D. W. Griffith’s classic silent film WAY DOWN EAST with live musical accompaniment provided by KXT 91.7’s Paul Slavens, and The Polyphonic Spree members Buffi Jacobs and Bach Norwood.

D. W. Griffith’s WAY DOWN EAST will screen on Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 PM inside the auditorium at the Kimbell Art Museum’s brand new Renzo Piano Pavilion as part of ArthouseFW (Arthouse Fort Worth), the Lone Star Film Society’s new year-round screening initiative. The screening will provide a unique opportunity for audience members to see three well-established musicians in North Texas perform in a genre not commonly explored in the music industry.

Paul Slavens is host of The Paul Slavens Show, a popular and critically praised broadcast on KXT 91.7. Slavens also performs as a multi-instrumentalist with Ten Hands, the Baptist  Generals and Robert Gomez. Buffi Jacobs has been a member of The Polyphonic Spree since 2007. In addition to The Polyphonic Spree, she has performed with such musicians as Imogen Heap, Sarah Jaffe, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Kanye West. Bach Norwood, also a current member of The Polyphonic Spree, has performed internationally and at such venues as Bonnaroo and The Isle of Wight Festival.

The ArthouseFW Silent Sundays series presents an exciting opportunity to showcase the new Renzo Piano Pavilion, combining classic cinema with live performance in a space beautifully equipped for both. The inaugural spring season of ArthouseFW will be the first film series to take advantage of the new space. Conceived as a pilot, organizers are confident the first season will become the foundation for a year-round presence for years to come.

Individual screening tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for members of the Lone Star Film Society or the Kimbell Art Museum. Currently enrolled students with a valid I.D. receive free admission.

Attendees can also purchase an annual pass that will provide admittance to all screenings for the spring season and beyond for $75. The Lone Star Film Society also offers a variety of membership plans that include the ArthouseFW Annual Pass.

Tickets, passes and memberships are now on sale at lonestarfilmsociety.com and will be available at the door beginning one hour before show time.



ArthouseFW – Silent Sundays presents the visionaries of early cinema who pioneered film and narrative techniques, shifting movies from a simple means of entertainment to a serious artistic medium. Each film in this series will be presented with unique, live musical accompaniment in the auditorium at the Kimbell Art Museum's Renzo Piano Pavilion. This installment of ArthouseFW is presented by the Lone Star Film Society and the Kimbell Art Museum.


D.W. Griffith’s pioneering cinematic vision and technique culminated in WAY DOWN EAST (1920), in which country girl Anna (Lillian Gish) struggles to rebuild her life after the rich and dishonorable Lennox (Lowell Sherman) destroys her cherished innocence. Risking actual life and limb for the production, the cast and crew deliver a film created through irrepressible ambition.



Paul Slavens

J. Paul Slavens is host of The Paul Slavens Show, which airs Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. on KXT

91.7. Prior to moving to KXT in November 2009, Paul hosted KERA’s Sunday night music show 90.1@Night since 2005, bringing to the long-running program a diverse, seemingly random mix of styles, genres and time periods.

Paul is also well known in the North Texas area for his work as a multi-instrumentalist with bands like Ten Hands, the Baptist Generals and Robert Gomez. He currently appears at venues around town where he is joined by an ever-changing array of luminaries such as Jeff Barnes of Brave Combo. Paul takes suggestions from the audience and the band creates full-blown songs on the spot.

He is working on a Masters of Composition at the University of North Texas. His works have been performed at the Dallas Museum of Art and The McKinney Avenue Contemporary as well as numerous churches, campuses and schools around the area. Paul also works as a commercial voice-over artist and actor.


Buffi Jacobs

Buffi is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM in music performance) and the University of North Texas (MM in music performance). In addition to being a current member of The Polyphonic Spree, she also works as a freelance cellist, composer, arranger and private teacher. She is the director of Progressive Strings, LLC and Anaphase. Buffi is currently based in Dallas, Texas.

Throughout her career, Buffi has performed with The Polyphonic Spree (since 2007), Imogen Heap, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Kanye West, Sara Lov, Sarah Jaffe, Robert Gomez, Paul Slavens, The Ricki Derek Orchestra, Cirque Du Horror and Sasha Lazard.

Ms. Jacobs also has extensive symphonic experience and has been a private teacher/clinician for many years. She currently maintains a private studio in the DFW area.


Bach Norwood

Double bassist Bach Norwood earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, studying primarily with Lynn Seaton (Count Basie). In addition to playing bass in jazz, country/bluegrass, rock and classical ensembles, Mr. Norwood plays piano in Dallas-based band The Polyphonic Spree.

In 2013, Bach performed at the Texas State Fair, Bonnaroo, The Isle of Wight Festival, music venues throughout the United States, and internationally in South Korea, Australia, France, Belgium and England.

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