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Wonders of the Wurlitzer: 'Safety Last!' 100th Anniversary Screening

Wonders of the Wurlitzer: 'Safety Last!' 100th Anniversary Screening
Celebrate National Silent Movie Day with a special centennial screening of Harold Lloyd's eternal comedic masterpiece Safety Last! featuring live musical accompaniment by organist Ron Carter on the Lucas' original Mighty Wurlitzer. In this filmmaking feat that has astonished audiences for a century, Lloyd plays a small-town guy trying to make his way in the big city. Needing to raise some cash in order to marry his sweetheart, he concocts a wild "human fly" publicity stunt resulting in an act of death-defying derring-do that lives among film's most iconic moments. Hilarious and jaw-dropping in equal measure, to experience the film with an audience as it moves between uproarious laughter and awestruck gasps is, as film critic and scholar David Shipman put it, "one of the greatest experiences of cinema."

Tickets for the screening, part of the Wonders of the Wurlitzer series, are free for SCAD card holders; $10 for students, seniors, and military; $15 for the general public. 

Ron Carter is a sought after theatre organ concert and silent film accompanist playing in theaters throughout the southeast. He is the theatre organ consultant for Allen Organ Studios of Atlanta. He is also the house organist for both the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta Ga, and the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, Ga. He has been a member of the Strand Theatre Board of Trustees since its inception 14 years ago having served as Board Secretary for 13 of those years. He is past Chairman of the Board for Marietta’s Pops Orchestra, Symphony on the Square.

Ron is also the former President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society and a recipient of its 2009 Life Time Achievement Award, the American Theatre Organ Society’s 2009 Honorary Member award, and was recognized by the Cobb County Ga. Cultural Arts Board as Cobb’s 2010 Outstanding Instrumentalist.

Ron has served five churches in a part time capacity as organist/Choir Director for over 40 years and is currently part of a team of organists who play for worship services at Marietta First Baptist Church. He is a retired Commander of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after serving 38 years in public law enforcement.Ron and his lovely wife of 50 years, Donna, live in Marietta, Georgia and have one son, John, daughter-in-law Julie and two precious grand children, Abby and Jake!
Savannah College of Art and Design