Friday, December 7, 2012

A Century Ago: The Films of 1912

A Century Ago: The Films of 1912 -- Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
 and Sciences in association with the California Film Institute
Hosted by Randy Haberkamp
Piano Accompaniment by Michael Mortilla
Presented on a 1909 Powers Model 6 Cameragraph Motion Picture Machine Restored 
and Hand-Cranked by Joe Rinaudo
Monday, December 10, 7:00
$12 (CFI members $9)
Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael, CA 94901; 415.454.1222

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year 1912 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with this program of films organized and selected by Randy Haberkamp the Academy’s Managing Director of Programming, Education and Preservation, with improvised piano accompaniment by Los Angeles-based musician Michael Mortilla. A new facet of our annual presentation of A Century Ago is the contribution of Joe Rinaudo, the mechanical restorer and showman who will personally hand-crank films in the audience on his vintage projector.

The theme this year is Bigger! Faster! Longer! The year 1912 witnessed dynamic competition between established studios and up-and-coming producers such as Carl Laemmle of Universal and Adolph Zukor of Famous Players (which would eventually become Paramount). The unique development of cinematic language through faster editing, more sophisticated staging and production design, and expanding to feature-length formats made 1912 a particularly distinguished year.

Most prints will be 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Program approximately 2 hours.


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