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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2019 Festival.

September 27, 28, 29, 2019

Film Trivia 2018

Have you taken the Trivia Quiz based on the 2018 program?  Try it here.

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The Vintage Film Festival

Twenty seven 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 featured movie, then there's our Gala Reception followed by two films.  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 and include a lunch time seminar with a knowledgable speaker.

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 2019

Note the dates for the 2019 Vintage Film Festival: September 27, 28, 29. 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 2019 Festival will be held

September 27, 28, 29, 2019

Theme: Famous Cinematic Duos

 (Canada’s influence in the world)

Sunday April 30, 2017

4:00pm – 6:00pm       

The Jolifou Inn (1955, 10 minutes, NFB)
Depicting Canada as it was a hundred years ago, as seen through the paintings of artist and adventurer Cornelius Krieghoff, the changing seasons, the Quebec countryside, village life — all were an unending source of inspiration.

Canada Vignettes:Bluenose 1921 - 1946 (1979, 2 minutes, NFB)
A short history of the Bluenose schooner, a celebrated racing ship and hard-working fishing vessel that became a provincial icon for Nova Scotia and an important Canadian symbol in the 1930s.

Bethune (1964, 59 minutes, NFB)
A biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian doctor who served with the loyalists during the Spanish Civil War and with the North Chinese Army during the Sino-Japanese War. In Spain he pioneered the world's first mobile blood-transfusion service; in China his work behind battle lines to save the wounded has made him a legendary figure.

Flash Williams (1978, 19 minutes, NFB)
Flash William Shewchuck is a one-man movie industry operating in the Canadian wilderness. Combining the roles of film producer, director, cameraman, actor, promoter, projectionist and ticket taker, Flash finances his company by working on road gangs in the Yukon, or in the oil fields and pulp mills between projects.

notmans worldNotman’s World (1989, 29 minute, NFB)
A portrait of Canadian photographer William Notman who opened his first studio in Montreal in the late 1850s and within 5 years he was appointed Photographer to the Queen.  This film is by Albert Kish, a distinguished producer and director of films for the NFB.  Later in life, Albert and his wife moved to Cobourg.

O Canada (1997, 2 minutes, NFB)
A rousing rendition of our national anthem.

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