Did you know that the Marie Dressler Foundation offers Bursaries to students in Northumberland. Full details at the Marie Dressler Foundation site here.
The Vintage Film Festival
Twenty five 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 50-60 years ago. 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. But starting in 2016, for pass holders only, we have a bonus movie on Friday before the reception. 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. Since 2017 is Canada's 150th birthday, all movies will feature a Canadian actor or Director. Over the weekend, we show 2 silent movies accompanied by a live pianist.
Bursaries by Marie Dressler Foundation
Money raised by the festival goes to the Marie Dressler Foundation and one of their activities is to provide bursaries for students in Northumberland High Schools. For more information, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site.
Venue and Date for 2017
Note the dates for the 2017 Vintage Film Festival: October 13, 14 & 15. Also note that 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?
The 2017 Festival will be held
October 13, 14, 15, 2017
Although tickets are not yet available, we are pleased to announce that in keeping with this year’s celebration of Canada’s 150th year, the 2017 Vintage Film Festival program will feature Canadian Film greats – from stars Mary Pickford, to Marie Dressler, to Glenn Ford to Directors Max Sennett and Norman Jewison and more. There will be 12 Films from Friday October 13 through Sunday October 15 – plus a bonus film on Friday for Weekend and Gala pass holders.
Full program details are now online here.
At the annual Vintage Film Festival, a regular feature is a "Brown Bag Lunch" seminar where knowledgeable speakers talk about a topic related to the Festival. The Festival's theme this year was films with Bette Davis so the topic for 2016 was "Women in Hollywood" - the speaker was Thom Ernst. Thom is a Toronto film critic and broadcaster. Many people remember Thom as the producer and host of TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies. Thom can frequently be heard on CBC Radio Syndication going across Canada with his film reviews. His work has appeared in The Toronto Star, The National Post, Playback Magazine, Toromagazine.com, Yahoo Canada and on his own website, Reelthomernst.com. Currently Thom hosts Making Movies the Canadian Way on Bell Fibe TV1 and the podcast THIS MOVIE'S ABOUT YOU available on iTunes. Below is a video of his talk.
The theme for the 2016 Vintage Film Festival was Bette Davis so it's fitting that the poster for this year featured Bette Davis. We are pleased to announce that the original painting for this poster was done by Cobourg based artist Betsy Miller (web site) - poster mage at right.
Betsy's work has been acclaimed internationally and the Marie Dressler Foundation is pleased and grateful to have her contribute. The original painting was available in the silent auction on Saturday and posters were sold at the festival.
In addition, a T-Shirt featuring Bette Davis was available at the Festival.
These are now both available online here using Paypal services. In addition to Paypal payment, Visa, Mastercard and Amex are also accepted.
The poster is approx. 19" x 23" and is shipped in a tube. Shipping and handling varies with destination. Taxes are included. For more than one, increase the quantity when you get to the PayPal Screen.