About Friends of the Arts


Friends of the Arts promotes communication, education, economic development, appreciation and collaboration in Butte County. Events are hosted throughout the year where community members have the chance to enjoy silent films, make sculptural horses, attend a jazz festival and more! Large community events and campaigns include Artoberfest, Chico Palio, the Oroville Salmon Festival, the Silent Film Festival and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival.



Contact Friends of the Arts

Debra Lucero
Upstate Community Enhancement Foundation - Friends of the Arts
500 Main St., Ste 150
Chico, CA  95928
530-342-8243 FAX



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Upstate Community Enhancement Foundation - Friends of the Arts 

4th Annual Chico Silent Film Festival
Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15, 2015



Tickets available now!
Call 530.228.2860 or buy here!


Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saturday, March 14th


12:00 p.m.

PETER PAN (1924)

Preceded by cartoon, FUTURITZKY with Felix the Cat (1927)

3:00 p.m.


NEVER WEAKEN (1921, approx. 25")

THE FRESHMAN (1925, approx 77")

6:00 p.m.

featuring Douglas Fairbanks
8:00 p.m.
SHOW PEOPLE (1928)   

Sunday, March 15th

12:00 p.m.

(Sweden, 1920, by Carl Th. Dreyer)
(France, 1923, by L. Starewicz)

2:00 p.m.



THE CHEAT (Cecil B. De Mille)



 4:30 p.m.              

STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (1928) with Buster Keaton

ANGORA LOVE (1929)  featuring Laurel & Hardy


7:30 p.m.

Directed by William A. Wellman, with Richard Arlen, "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow.
Frederick Hodges will play the original 1927 score by J. S. Zamecnik 

Cost details:

  • $10 - per film block
  • $2 - children 12 & under
  • $25 - all-festival pass 
  • FREE for children 5 & under


Chico Women’s Club
592 E. Third St.



David Shepard

A career saving early American cinema masterpieces

Well-known internationally in film circles, Shepard has spent the major part of his career restoring early cinema for DVD and video editions.  Recent projects include Abel Gance's "La Roue" (1922), "Chaplin at Keystone" (1914) and C. B. DeMille's 1927 production of "Chicago." The list of other cinema restoration projects completed by Shepard throughout his career is considerable and significant.

Shepard taught cinema for 34 years at the University of Southern California, where he was also director of the Louis B. Mayer Film & Television Study Center; UCLA, where he was honored in 1983 as "the outstanding teacher in performing and integrated arts;" Claremont Men's College; the University of Iowa; and Pennsylvania State University. He has also co-authored or edited more than a dozen books.

 Shepard currently lives in Northern rural California and works in a hand-made log house of his own design with eight dogs. He is also active in community affairs and continues to work nationally with various archives and laboratories to preserve rare films.

In the words of Mike Mashon, Head, Moving Image Section, Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress, "David is a giant in the field of film preservation, one of those rare talents who exemplifies the scholar's rigorous research, the archivist's attention to detail and the fan's unabashed love and enthusiasm for movies."

In 2011, David Shepard received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters - for his tireless efforts to preserve and restore many of the treasures of our American film heritage. Shepard received the degree from the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado.


Frederick Hodges

The virtuoso who loved silence

Hailed by the press as one of the best ragtime pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges is sought after by today's foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians. 

His absolute artistry, virtuosity and charisma have brought him to the world's most renowned stages numerous times, leaving audiences around the globe repeatedly captivated. Mr. Hodges has made regular appearances at major ragtime and jazz festivals throughout the US as well as world tours with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra under the baton of conductor Don Neely.

Renowned as a pianist and singer, Frederick Hodges is recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire from Liszt to Gershwin. He has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist. He has appeared on national television, radio, and in several Hollywood films. He is also a sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at the Niles Essanay Silent FilmMuseum.

 'One of my most cherished musical pleasures is accompanying silent films. My drive for complete authenticity when creating silent films scores is motivated by my deep love, appreciation, and commitment to the artistic and musical culture of the silent film era.

There are many ways to provide musical accompaniment to silent films, but I have adopted the following philosophy: The experience of watching a silent film today is enhanced when the accompaniment reproduces to the greatest extent possible the style of accompaniment that the film in question would have received in its day by the best cinema musicians.

Accordingly, a film that was released in December 1926, for instance, deserves to have a musical accompaniment that is exactly like the accompaniment that a fine cinema pianist or organist would have given it in December 1926. This means that all the music used in compiling the score will have been published prior to December 1926. I find this approach deeply satisfying because it honors the silent film and shows the deepest respect for the era in which the film was produced. This approach enables modern audiences to imagine that they have been transported back in time. Thus, not only can they enjoy the film on its own merits, but they can experience the added richness of a live musical recreation.

I compile scores for silent films exactly the same way that cinema pianists and organists compiled scores back in the days of silent films. There is really no mystery to it. Movie studios frequently hired composers and arrangers to produce thematic cue sheets, which were issued with each film and distributed to cinema musicians. These thematic cue sheets told the pianist what to play and when to play it. The "cue" in "cue sheet" was a point in the film that signaled the musician that it was time to change the music in order to support effectively the shifting action on the screen. I am very fortunate to have a large collection of original cue sheets for silent films. In those instances where I do not have an original thematic cue sheet for a film that I have been hired to accompany, I create my own cue sheet modeled on the same pattern used for published sheets, using a mixture of classical music, semi-classical, and popular songs.'


Friends of the Arts brings the Chico community together by hosting events such as the Silent Film Festival and assisting in community fundraising efforts.