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Making Movies in New York: Filmmaking in Gotham 100 Years Ago at the Museum of the Moving Image

June 1, 2011 - The Museum of the Moving Image will present a selection of rarely shown movies that were made in and around New York 100 years ago during the weekend of June 4 and 5. The films will be shown in archival prints, from the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and other sources.

Films by well-known pioneering filmmakers like D.W. Griffith and Alice Guy-Blaché and leading studios including Edison, Vitagraph, Biograph and Thanhouser are represented alongside works from smaller independent studios such as Champion and IMP, which was started by Carl Laemmle. The film series, Making Movies in New York: 1911, is presented in four programs around the themes: “The Big City,” featuring the City as the location for dramatic tales of struggle, romance and thrills; “The Civil War,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War; “The Classics,” screen adaptations of literary works; and “Men, Women and Marriage,” the developing feminist movement captured on screen. All films will be accompanied by live music by Donald Sosin.

Making Movies in New York: 1911 is the first installment of an annual look at our local film industry a century ago. The series was organized by consulting curator Richard Koszarski, author of Hollywood on the Hudson and a Rutgers University professor. He will introduce “The Big City” program on Saturday, June 4.

The Museum is located at 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) in Astoria. Nearby subways include the R or M trains (R on weekends) to Steinway Street and the N or Q trains to 36 Avenue. For a complete schedule and to learn more, visit movingimage.us.
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