"There's nothing silent about.. silent films," says Dean Lemire. Dean and a crew of Portland-area musicians and tinkerers are on a mission to preserve and showcase the classic pipe organs that originally provided soundtracks to silent films. Through Pipe Organ Pictures, the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society introduces audiences to big-screen silent films with live accompaniment.
Dean Lemire and young CRTOS board member Andrew Dunning join S.W. Conser to talk about film and music history, organ restoration challenges, travel adventures, and the race against time to preserve these relics of American popular culture.