Some exciting happenings in the silent film world, so let’s dive right in! We have some exciting new releases on the horizon and a new project to back.
Buried Treasure is Kickstarting
Edward Lorusso is crowdfunding the release of another Marion Davies film. This time, it’s the 1921 pirate-themed Buried Treasure. Backers donating $25 USD or more will receive a copy of the professionally scored film on DVD with a synopsis filling us in on missing footage. This is a great opportunity to obtain a copy of a rare Davies picture that would otherwise still be sitting in the vaults.
I am not connected to this Kickstarter other than as a backer. If you have any questions or wish to back it yourself, be sure to visit the campaign page.
Mr. Lorusso has also published a book entitled The Silent Films of Marion Davies. You can order a copy here.
Two-Disc Set Dedicated to New Jersey Filmmaking
Milestone has released a two-disc set entitled The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town. The set includes the title documentary, a 1935 amateur documentary entitled Ghost Town and eight films made in New Jersey. As I know you’ll be curious, here’s the list:
The Indian Land Grab (1910)
A Daughter of Dixie (1911)
Not Like Other Girls (1912)
Flo’s Discipline (1912)
Marked Cards (1913)
The Danger Game (1918)
Robin Hood (1912)
A Grocery Clerk’s Romance (1912)
The films will have scores from Ben Model, Donald Sosin and Rodney Sauer (performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra), so you know you’re in good hands. It looks like it will be a very valuable addition to any film history fan’s collection.
Dawson City: Frozen in Time‘s Home Video Release
Bill Morrison’s acclaimed documentary tells the tale of a cache of silent films discovered under an abandoned swimming pool. While it has been almost universally praised, it has been hard for some viewers to catch it in theaters. Kino Lorber is releasing the film on DVD and Bluray on August 31, 2017. To pre-order and learn more, click here.
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