Hitchcock’s THE LODGER opens Dallas VideoFest 27 on Oct 8, 2014



The Video Association of Dallas is pleased to announce the Dallas VideoFest 27 opening night event in partnership with the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Dallas VideoFest opens Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201) debuting Alfred Hitchcock’s first silent movie thriller, THE LODGER. 

The Dallas Chamber Symphony, recently named “Best of Big D 2014” by D Magazine for “Best Way to Watch a Silent Film,” will accompany the film with a live performance of an original film score by renowned composer Douglas Pipes. DCS Artistic Director, Richard McKay, will conduct the premiere. THE LODGER was recently restored by the British Film Institute along with eight other films of Hitchcock’s earliest surviving work.

“We are so proud and happy to be working with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, for the screening and performance of THE LODGER.  We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with the Chamber Symphony. I know that both audiences will love the experience of the evening. We are also so happy to be having our opening night at the prestigious Dallas City Performance Hall,” said Bart Weiss, artistic director, Dallas VideoFest and founder of Video Association of Dallas.

“We could not be happier to be joining forces with the Video Association of Dallas to co-present THE LODGER on opening night of VideoFest 27. There is nothing quite like watching a classic silent film to live orchestral music, and our film composer, Douglas Pipes is an extraordinary talent who will bring new life to this incredible classic film. Our new partnership is an exciting ongoing collaboration — one that will continue to enrich the Dallas arts scene for years to come,” said Richard McKay, artistic director and founder of the Dallas Chamber Symphony.


Douglas Pipes, Composer

Douglas Pipes is a film composer in Los Angeles, whose feature films include the Academy Award nominated Sony animated feature MONSTER HOUSE and Warner Bros./Legendary Films cult hit TRICK ‘R TREAT.

His awards include “Compositor Revalacion” at the 3rd International Film Music Conference in Ubeda, Spain and “Best Animation” at the Royal Television Society in the United Kingdom.  Nominations include “Discovery of the Year” at the 2006 World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium,  “Best Music” at the 2007 Saturn Awards, and “Best Horror Score” and “Best New Composer” from the International Film Music Critics Association (2006 and 2009).


Dallas Chamber Symphony's Sound to Silents

The Dallas Chamber Symphony has become renowned for its film concerts, which pair classic silent movies with newly commissioned musical scores. Within the past two years, the Dallas Chamber Symphony has commissioned and performed the premieres of six new musical compositions to screenings of classic silent movies. Composers for the films have worked on numerous big-screen features such as THE LONE RANGER, ENDER’S GAME and ELYSIUM. Brian Satterwhite’s score for the Harold Lloyd film, A SAILOR-MADE MAN, was a finalist for the prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Award and garnered praise from the Harold Lloyd estate.

The film concert series is a multi-faceted initiative that entails the selection of classic silent films, the commissioning of an original musical score from a professional film composer, and a live performance, in which the orchestra synchronize the music to the action on screen to the delight of audiences at Dallas City Performance Hall.

The chamber orchestra has focused on screening the silent film works of the masters of early cinema. Concert screenings have debuted new scores to Harold Lloyd’s, ASK FATHER and A SAILOR-MADE MAN, Buster Keaton’s THE SCARECROW and SHERLOCK JR., Charlie Chaplin’s BY THE SEA, and Robert Weine’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI—acknowledged as the first horror film ever made.


PASSES and TICKETS:                     


Opening Night tickets: $19-$59

  • $19 – Regular Admission
  • $34  – Preferred Seating
  • $59  – VIP Tickets with After Party Access to meet the composer and members of the orchestra


Opening Night tickets available online at 



All-Festival Pass: $250

All-Festival Student Passes: $150  (with Student ID)

Festival Passes Available online at http://videofest.org


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