If you liked the trivia in the slides between movies or you missed them, this page has many items of interest about each movie on the 2013 program.
The Vintage Film Festival - Cobourg & Port Hope
Twenty three 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 1955.
The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a Gala reception in Historic Victoria Hall in Cobourg followed by two films. Then on Saturday we move to the restored atmospheric Capitol Theatre in Port Hope to 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 classics with a theme. For example, in 2015 they will be movies directed by John Ford. Over the weekend, we show 2 silent movies accompanied by a live piano. We often include a film starring Marie Dressler.
The 2015 Festival will be held
October 23, 24, 25, 2015
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Each year, the Marie Dressler Foundation awards one or more bursary/Scholarships to grade 12 students atWest Northumberland High Schools (Cobourg & Port Hope). The scholarships are worth $1000 and applications are submitted via the schools in the area. The money is primarily raised from the proceeds of the Vintage Film Festival but also from sponsors, yard sales and other events. On June 27, 2015, the three winners for 2015 were congratulated and given their awards - see photos below.
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We are pleased to announce our program for 2015 and that tickets are now available for Weekend Festival passes, Friday Gala passes and Four Movie passes. The programs features Movies by director John Ford on Sunday and a kid friendly movie on Saturday morning. Therer are two silent movies, one an early Keaton comedy on Saturday afternoon (Our Hospitality) and the other an early John Ford western on Sunday morning (Bucking Broadway). The Saturday night Musical features Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in Band Wagon and the film that children will also love on Saturday morning is the 1939 animated feature, Gulliver's Travels. By popular request, one of the Saturday afternoon films stars James Mason.
As usual, you can do better to buy tickets early - that is before September 30. Tickets are available from the Box offices at Victoria Hall and the Capitol Theatre as well as online.
However please note that tickets purchased through Capitol Theatre or Victoria Hall Box Offices are subject to an additional service fee that goes directly to those organizations. There are no additional fees for tickets purchased on our web site.
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Films by highly acclaimed director John Ford will be the theme for the 2015 festival. Ford directed films over a long career ranging from 1917 to 1966 – four of these will be featured on the Sunday of the festival. Recognized by the industry, Ford won 12 academy awards in his career.
The full program of 12 films – two on Friday at Victoria Hall, six on Saturday at the Capitol as well as the four on Sunday - will be announced in the coming months. Tickets will be available late Spring.