Masters of silent film comedy to be focus of ‘Thursdays @ the U’

Justin Peck

Justin Peck

Justin Peck will present “Masters of Silent Film Comedy” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays @ the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Peck, a native of Spooner, is a Duluth, Minnesota-based actor and director who appeared most recently in “Mamma Mia!” and “Our Town” at the NorShor Theatre, and in “1984” at Duluth's Underground Theatre. He directed “Baskerville” for the Underground in October.

Peck studied film at UW-Madison and shares his love of movies and filmmaking by helping to coordinate the NorShor Classic Film Series in Duluth and the SLAC Art of Film series in Shell Lake. He studied improv at the Brave New Workshop, and has been involved in performing, writing, directing and producing theater regionally for the past decade.

During this week’s presentation, Peck will discuss how iconic silent-film comedians like Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd bridged the gap from vaudeville to the nascent art form of motion pictures and left an indelible mark on the way movies are made. The talk will include clips and production photos from many of their films, and will help audience members detect the echoes of their influence in contemporary motion pictures.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at linda.tollefsrud@uwc.edu or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.