Distribpix Inc. discovers a hidden cinema treasure……
New York/Los Angeles for immediate release/Feb. 9,2015
Film enthusiast and archivist, Steven Morowitz, and veteran film director Joel Bender, unearth a rare and almost pristine 35mm print of Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight. This is one of the most important discoveries for us to date, at least regarding a mainstream film and one of such historical importance. Not that the film does not exist, and not that there are many experts already on the case, but from the bootleg versions and web clips available that we have seen over the years, it seems that the source material that people have been using is in very poor shape, and or put together from various prints. Maybe not doing proper film restorations or not having proper film elements has been…
Listen to This! History of Cincinnati Music part 15 – Fats Waller and Una Mae Carlisle: A Romance Made on Radio
Like Bix Beiderbecke, jazz pianist and composer Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-1943) enjoyed a strong local connection to Cincinnati that remains little known, but it had a critical impact on both Waller and the city. Not the least of his achievements here was discovering the immense talent of Una Mae Carlisle (1915-1956), a beautiful singer and pianist from Xenia who went onto her own significant, if tragic and now forgotten, career. Uncle Dave Lewis will present the stories of both artists, and Rebecca Forste will contribute a brief account of Una Mae and her family background in Ohio.
Program will be held in the Popular Library Lounge located on the first floor of Main Library’s south building, behind the fiction books.
Wednesday, February 11, at 7:00pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
The presentations on The History of Cincinnati Music that David (“Uncle Dave”) Lewis has been presenting at the Main Library over the last year or so have been so good — so enlightening and entertaining — that one wishes he could do it for much larger crowds at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall. Or as a professor at University of Cincinnati — he’d be great there. He combines his original research with recordings and archival film footage and still photographs (when available).
One of his presentations, about Homer Rodeheaver, whose Cincinnati-based publishing company and record label were pioneers of sacred music and who was also close to the famous 1920s preacher Billy Sunday, got a nod as Best Arts Lecture last year from CityBeat.
But because his presentations have been on Wednesday evenings, many haven’t been able to attend. But now there’s a second chance. The Main Library’s music librarian, Steven Kemple, has arranged for Lewis to present reprises of his past lectures at 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month in the Reading Garden.
If you’re a casual silent film fan, you’ve probably heard of early movie studios like Edison, Biograph, and Vitagraph. One you might be less familiar with–but which was just as important to film–was the Thanhouser Company.
Active from 1909 to 1917, the Thanhouser Company produced around 1,000 films in that mere 9-year period and was one of the most respected studios in the business. After it folded it fell into obscurity and its films were soon forgotten. In 2014 the story of this fine company was finally given its due in The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema, a documentary produced by Ned Thanhouser, grandson of the studio’s founders.
Ned had once believed that his grandparent’s films were all lost–until he saw a short clip from one in a TV show about the silent era. This sparked a desire to find more. He’s been tirelessly researching his…
The Rose O’Neill Museum is located in the Ozarks Hills of Taney County near Branson, Missouri at 485 Rose O’Neill Road in the town of Walnut Shade. The museum is housed inside the Bonniebrook House, a recreation of the O’Neill family’s 14 room estate.
The museum contains hundreds of Kewpie ephemera (from dolls to door knockers) that showcase O’Neill’s successful life as an artist/sculptor/author/activist.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1874, Rose Cecil O’Neill was an American artist who created a magical creature called a Kewpie who was modeled after Cupid, the Roman God of Love.
“Do good deeds in a funny way. The world needs to laugh or at least smile more than it does.” — Rose O’Neill
The Kewpies were fairy-like babies with a top-knot head, a wide smile, and sidelong eyes. They were both impish and kind and solved all kinds of problems in humorous ways…