Did you know that the Marie Dressler Foundation offers Bursaries to students in Northumberland.  Full details at the Marie Dressler Foundation site here.

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October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Film Trivia 2017

Have you taken the Trivia Quiz based on the 2017 program?  Try it here.

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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 featured a Canadian actor or Director. Over the weekend, we showed 3 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 2018

Note the dates for the 2018 Vintage Film Festival: October 12, 13 & 14. Also note that all screenings and events are to be at Port Hope's 'atmospheric' Capitol Theatre. [Map here]. Why not make a note on your calendar?

The 2018 Festival will be held

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

 (Canada’s indigenous peoples)

Saturday April 29, 2017

1:00pm – 3:00pm

The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend (1974, 7 minutes, NFB)
This short animation is based on an Inuit legend: a goose captures the fancy of an owl, a weakness for which he will pay dearly.  The sound effects and voices are Inuktitut, but the animation leaves no doubt as to the unfolding action.Ballad of Crowfoot

The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968, 10 minutes, NFB)
Examines the situation of Aboriginal people in North America through the figure of Crowfoot, the legendary 19th-century Blackfoot leader of the Plains. A rapid montage is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Mi'kmaq singer and songwriter Willie Dunn.

Tuktu and The Ten Thousand Fishes (1967, 14 minutes, NFB)
Tells the story of young Tuktu, who is taken on a fishing trip to an ancient stone weir where his father and other hunters spear fish in great numbers, and make fire with an Inuit fire drill.

Niigaanibatowaad: Front Runners (2007, 47 minutes, NFB)
This film is about the segregation of Aboriginal athletes during the 1967 Olympics and the despair they suffered in the school system. It is a story of survival, hope, reconciliation and a dream for a new beginning that transcends hatred and racism.

If You Want to Get Married…You Have To Learn How To Build an Igloo (2011, 5 minutes, NFB)
Records Dean Ittuksarjuat efforts as he constructs the traditional Inuit home. From the first cut of the snow knife to the last block of snow has been placed on the roof, this is an inside-and-out look at the entire fascinating process.

Circle of the SunCircle of the Sun (1969, 29 minutes, NFB)
At a gathering of the Blood Indians of Alberta, the Sun Dance is captured on film for the first time and reflects the predicament of the young generation who have relinquished their ties with their own culture but have not yet found a firm place in a changing world.

As I Am (2010, 4 minutes, NFB)
A film that challenges stereotypes about Aboriginal people in the workplace and celebrates their pride in their work and culture.

O Canada (1997, 2 minutes, NFB)
A wonderful rendition of our national anthem that reflects our multiculturalism.


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