Sunset Blvd Silent Film Contest

I have to admit that Sunset Blvd is probably one of my favorite musicals (along with Follies and Merrily We Roll Along).  Here’s a fun-sounding event that Signature has in conjunction with its upcoming production:

Signature Theatre to Conduct “With One Look” Silent Film Competition

Contest to Accompany the Washington premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical, Sunset Boulevard at Signature Theatre

Arlington, VA – November 19, 2010 – In celebration of the Washington premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical sensation Sunset Boulevard about faded silent film legend Norma Desmond, Signature Theatre is holding the “With One Look” silent film competition open to anyone and everyone who loves the golden age of Hollywood. Prizes will be awarded to five finalists (announced on December 22nd) with a grand prize winner chosen by the fans who vote on the Signature website, Facebook, Twitter and at the Theatre.

Movie-lovers are encouraged to sit in the director’s chair and step into Cecil B. DeMille’s shoes, creating their very own, original silent films for consideration. Films can be in color or in black-and-white and are not to exceed 5 minutes in length. Musical accompaniment is permissible as are subtitles and silent film placards. The submission deadline for all filmmakers is December 17th. Submitting your film is as easy as lights, camera, action. Contestants simply upload their homemade masterpieces on YouTube, then send us their link at – then let the voting begin.

The five finalists’ films will be screened in the Signature Theatre lobby during the run of the show. The finalists will also receive tickets to Sunset Boulevard’s “Perfect Year” New Year’s Eve performance and party, with the director extraordinaire garnering a Signature Theatre subscription for two (for the remainder of the 2010-11 season), a signed Sunset Boulevard poster, and a dedicated article on Signature’s March e-newsletter. Fame and fortune soon to follow.

Based on the classic Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard continues Signature Theatre’s successful 21st season and plays from December 7th through February 13th. The production is directed by Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and stars Florence Lacey (star of Signature’s Follies and Broadway’s Evita).

For more information on the “With One Look” Film Competition please check out or contact Peter Eramo, Jr. (571-527-1833).

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