• Jeremy Bessoff’s Zoom In

This Saturday at 8:30 PM local animation outfit BAWSY Animation will present the Scored Silent Film Festival at 755 N. Ashland. It’s not really a festival so much as a single event, but it sounds interesting nonetheless. The program consists of new animated shorts—including work by such noted Chicago artists as Anne Beal and Jeremy Bessoff—with live soundtracks performed by local musicians. According to BAWSY’s Facebook page, the event will also feature a marketplace where local visual artists will sell their wares. Admission is a mere $5 suggested donation.

As longtime accompanist David Drazin suggested to me earlier this year, the visual language of silent cinema can be so unlike that of contemporary sound films that audiences unfamiliar with the form might embrace it as something totally new. Saturday’s event seems like a step in this process of cultural recovery, as it identifies common ground between silent movies and more recent forms of creative expression.