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 55-60 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. 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 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 20, 21 & 22. 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? Program details are here and Tickets are now available here.
The 2017 Festival will be held
October 20, 21, 22, 2017
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.
The Marie Dressler museum at Dressler house has now been completely renovated and is now totally different. The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive. The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen. Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had. Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives.