I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I thought I would bat it over to my readership: What do you do to make silent film newcomers feel welcome? This can be online or in person. And if you are a newcomer, I would love to hear from you as well. What makes you feel welcome in a silent movie space?
For me, the most obvious thing is to not guilt a newcomer for not having seen silent classics. I don’t think it’s constructive with any fandom but this is especially the case with silent films when documentaries and classes often skip over the era with a quick montage. How can they have seen these films if nobody was willing to show them?
The most important thing is that the newcomers are here and willing to watch silent movies. Considering how many people refuse to watch black and white movies, let alone silent ones, that shows the right spirit.
So, what do you do to put on a friendly face for newcomers? Is there a particular film you show or recommend? Do you share a list of your favorites? Do you invite them to attend a screening with you? I am very interested to know.