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by Andrea Brown
CaliforniaChronicle.com

Colorado Springs, CO — Two Denver-area dads are hoping to revive the silent era by selling modern, originally produced shorts to shopping malls to offer up as free entertainment.

Picture Charlie Chaplin a foot taller with spiked hair and a house in the ‘burbs. The characters have changed, but the classic slapstick theme is the same in the black-and-white flicks using sight gags, irony, text narrative and piano music.

The 6-minute movies debuted this month near the playground by Sears, playing nonstop Sundays through Fridays.

“It’s our first test market,” said Family Flickers co-owner Kerry Berman, 50, an accountant by day.

He and his friend, Mark Margulies, 53, a radio copywriter, made the flicks because the pickings were slim when their families got together for movie nights.

One night four years ago they showed Chaplin movies and the kids loved it. Family Flickers was started a year later, with Margulies the scriptwriter.

So far, they’ve made nine films. A four-movie series stars Bello Nock, the carrot-topped, elastic-faced clown of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus fame. Nock came to Colorado for the shootings, but the films otherwise used local talent, including Colorado Springs resident Jessica Mosley.

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