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
Cathie Houston, VFF chair and Chris Worsnop, member of Doc Fest committee were interviewed on Northumberland 89.7FM on April 19, 2017 and spoke about the festival and provided some background information.
Fifty vintage documentary films that show Canadians at work and at play, at war and in peace are featured in the two-day RearView Doc Fest at Cobourg's 60-seat Loft Theatre April 29 and 30.
RearView – a Vintage Film Festival project to help commemorate Canada's 150th. Birthday – is screening the films free in eight two-hour sessions, each with its own theme derived from a phrase in our national anthem.
The committee organizing the docfest reviewed more than 150 vintage short documentaries from the National Film Board, the CBC and McNally & Robinson.
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.