Live at the Mint: Silent Film & Ethan Uslan

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. a free screening of the silent Harold Lloyd comedy classic The Freshman (1925) will take place at the uptown Mint Museum’s atrium. Local musician Ethan Uslan, a specialist in the art of “silent film live performance”, will provide live piano accompaniment.  

Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, one of the milestones of the Silent Film Comedy Era, will be introduced by film programmer Sam Shapiro. The film tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. The Freshman is widely considered to be one of Lloyd’s most hilarious, well-constructed films and was his most successful silent film of the 1920s.  

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his “vivid musical imagination” and “deep understanding of far-flung performance practices,” Ethan Uslan is a ragtime/jazz pianist and raconteur. His vast repertoire includes original arrangements of Civil-War era songs, African-American spirituals, New Orleans Jazz, 1920s Charlestons, blues, stomps, Harlem stride piano, swing, Cuban rumbas, and jazzed-up versions of classical masterpieces.  

This event is part of the Mint Museum’s “Live at the Mint” series. This series celebrates Charlotte’s dynamic arts community.  



Mint Museum Uptown (Atrium)  

500 S. Tryon Street 

Charlotte, NC 28202 

This event is a partnership between the Library and Mint Museum. Hopefully, the success of this program will open the door to future successful programming partnerships between these two organizations. 

For more information about Library film programs, please contact Sam Shapiro at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at or at 704-416-0252.  


This blog post was written by Jospehine Justin, marketing & communications intern, with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.