In this fascinating and informative podcast, you’ll hear Frank Buxton and John Ellis, co-founders of The Edge Improv and curators of the popular smARTfilm series at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. They describe the next offering of their “Tuesday Night Film Series”, which starts on Tuesday September 20th with a series of six Movie Musicals.

Joining this podcast conversation is their good friend and movie raconteur, Frank Ferrante.

Ferrante will be a special guest on opening night of this series, helping to kick off the Marx Brothers classic, “Animal Crackers”. Ferrante has spent 30 years impersonating the best of Groucho Marx to the delight of audiences around the world. Hear him talk about the history of the Marx Brothers films and how he became drawn to the legendary Groucho.

Listening to this podcast, you will also hear Frank Buxton and John Ellis trading stories and fascinating facts about the evolution of film, and music in films, when even during silent films, music was an integral part of the show.

Each of the Tuesday night film screenings are preceded by light and tasty dinners (sold separately) in the art museum’s bistro, prepared by chef Melinda Lucas and her talented staff. And after each film there is always scintillating Q & A with film experts, conversation and discussion.

The films in this series are:

  • Sept. 20 (opening night) – “Animal Crackers”.  The classic Marx Brothers film. And, in person, special guest Frank Ferrante – star of “An Evening with Groucho“.
  • Sept. 27: “Gold Diggers of 1933”
  • Oct. 4: “Top Hat”
  • Oct. 11: “Stormy Weather”
  • Oct. 18: “On the Town”
  • Oct. 25: “West Side Story”

Tickets can be purchased for the series or for individual films at

Enjoy the comfortable Art Museum auditorium seating and this Summer’s remarkable new laser projector that presents the movies in more vivid detail.

Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB audio editor: Tim Bird; BCB social media publisher: Barry Peters.