News from the Silent Movie Front: Marion Davies Kickstarter, Filmmaking in New Jersey and Frozen Silents

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.

You can learn more and order the set here.

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.

You can read my review of the film here.


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4 Replies to “News from the Silent Movie Front: Marion Davies Kickstarter, Filmmaking in New Jersey and Frozen Silents”

  1. Thanks for the great post! Even though I’m not the biggest Marion Davies fan, I went ahead and kicked in some money towards the project. Restoring any film is a worthy cause, and I think it’s a good investment (and I’d probably just blow that money on magazines I probably won’t get around to reading or junk food that I’m not supposed to eat anyway).

    I also can’t wait to get that Champion set. Should be a good companion to the ‘Before There Was Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee’ disc I have in my collection.

  2. My admiration for all things Milestone continues: will soon be adding Champion to our DVD shelves!

    Re: Dawson City and the discovery of so much film history under an old swimming pool- one of my favorite “poke around in your old house and find a few surprises” moments happened in 2014 up in Vancouver B.C. Courtesy of CBC:

    Silent-Movie Posters In Vancouver House Found Under Floorboards
    [posters were placed between floor and sub-floor to dampen squeaks]

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