SPEEDY FEATURING DJ Z-TRIP
AFI is proud to offer Youth and Family Programming for the next generation of storytellers and moviegoers. In addition to free public screenings of these films for families and young audiences, AFI FEST will host students from several public middle schools and high schools across Los Angeles County for screenings.
The great Harold Lloyd stars in the title role of this hilarious tale, the last of his silent films to be theatrically released. Lloyd plays Harold "Speedy" Swift, whose attempts to save the last horse-drawn streetcar in New York City result in hijinks aplenty. The film brilliantly contrasts the breakneck pace of progress with the more leisurely transport of the past — until everything collides together in the wonderfully hectic climax, where mechanized and horse-drawn streetcars alike race through the streets like something out of a Wild West showdown. Keep an eye out for Yankees legend Babe Ruth as a harried streetcar passenger. SPEEDY, shot partially on location in New York City, was one of the few films to be nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Director of a Comedy, for Ted Wilde in 1929. —Beth Hanna
It screens at AFI FEST with original live music accompaniment by DJ Z-Trip
DJ Z-Trip is an award-winning DJ, innovative producer and genre-bending curator of music. His score for Harold Lloyd’s silent film SPEEDY now comes to AFI FEST. In true Z-Trip fashion, he does it all live on two turntables. Mixing old and new music in perfect time with the action, his performance comes complete with sound effects.
Harold Lloyd (1893–1971) ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential comedians from the silent era of classic Hollywood. His stunt-filled films include THE FRESHMAN (1925), GIRL SHY (1924), THE KID BROTHER (1927) and SAFETY LAST! (1923). SPEEDY (1928), Lloyd’s final silent film to be released in theaters, garnered an Oscar® nomination for Best Director of a Comedy Picture for director Ted Wilde (1889–1929) at the first-ever Academy Awards.