Marie Dressler Needs You
If you liked the trivia in the slides between movies or you missed them, this page has trivia questions and answers about movies on the 2015 program.
The Vintage Film Festival
Twenty four years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form in which we show a variety of films generally made before about 1960. We will often, although not always, include a film starring Marie Dressler.
For more on Marie Dressler and the Marie Dressler Foundation, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site here.
The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a Gala reception followed by two films. Then on Saturday we show a collection of six movies that range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. On Sunday we show four movies. Over the weekend we select 4 movies with a theme. For example, in 2016 they will be movies starring Bette Davis. Over the weekend, we show 2 silent movies accompanied by a live piano.
Bursaries by Marie Dressler Foundation
For information on Bursaries for Students in Northumberland High Schools, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site.
Venue and Date for 2016
It's now official - the 2016 Vintage Film Festival will be on October 14, 15 & 16. All screenings and events this year are to be at Port Hope's 'atmospheric' Capitol Theatre. [Map here]. Why not make a note on your calendar? Program details are here and Tickets will be available June 1.
The 2016 Festival will be held
October 14, 15, 16, 2016
We’re very proud to announce that the Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival will be a Community Partner with TIFF Cinematheque for one of the films in the Restored! Program in the spring of 2016 to be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The film is the 1925 German silent, Varieté, (variously known in world release as Variety, Vaudeville or Jealousy) directed by Ewald Andre Dupont, and featuring Emil Jannings. (Paul Rotha in his 1930 book, ‘The Film Till Now’ puts forward the notion that the producer of the film, Erich Pommer, made a strong, uncredited contribution to the direction of the Film.) [Restored! information on Varieté here]
Although sales were brisk, particularly on the first night of the Festival, not all posters were sold. Therefore, a limited number are now available for sale.
The posters are 18" x 23" and are approved by the Artist for Sale in conjunction with the 2015 festival.
The price is $30 and includes all taxes but does NOT include Shipping and Handling (S & H).
At the 2015 Festival, patrons were asked to fill out an audience survey to help us with our marketing effort. A draw was held from surveys submitted - the prize for three lucky winners is a Free pass to next year's Festival. Surveys were drawn from entries by a person who was not a member of the committee and the lucky winners were:
- Lisa Irving - Cobourg
- Lisa Allicock - Toronto
- Geoffrey Allen - Toronto
All winners have been notified.