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June 10, 2009 > Silent Film Museum pays tribute to independent filmmakers

Silent Film Museum pays tribute to independent filmmakers

Submitted By Rena Dein
Photos By Courtesy of Essanay Silent Film Museum

Anyone who has an interest in creating films or an appreciation for the eclectic and interesting things in life should come to the Edison Theater in June. Get a taste of local and national independent film making at its best, right here in Fremont. Award-winning film makers and highly-regarded independent films are coming to Niles. Although, the theater, home of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum usually caters to the silent variety, this month is focused on past and present independent film makers. The last weekend of June features early independent companies on the rise; they got their start in the 1910's and began with names like Lasky and Imp but are now called Paramount, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Fox and Universal.

This Friday night, June 12, Alejandro Adam's film "Around The Bay", which has been shown at Cinequest and other film festivals and a film short, "Passion Flower" will open the show. Oscar and Emmy award winning film maker John Korty will be on hand Sunday, June 14 to showcase his body of work and discuss life as an independent film maker. While he may not have a much repeated name like Lucas or Coppola, those film makers credit him and his Bay Area studio being the main influence for them to locate their studios in Northern California instead of elsewhere. He also has won multiple awards for three different genres of film: features, documentaries and animation. He directed films, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", "Who Are the DeBolts" and "Where Did They Find 19 Kids?", amongst others. His 2709 Bell & Howell silent film camera, on display in the Niles museum, was used for creating animation segments for Sesame Street in the 1970's.

On Friday, June 19, another award-winning Bay Area film maker, Les Blank is showing several of his documentaries including, "Garlic is as Good as 10 Mothers", one of two of his films added to the National Film Registry, a prestigious honor, where the films are to be preserved for future generations. Sunday, June 21 is a showcase of a different kind - short films from a San Francisco-based group who call themselves "Scary Cow". They are a group of people with regular day jobs who have learned the art and craft of film making through working together in this cooperative.

Tickets range from $5 to $10. The most convenient way to purchase them is through PayPal on the website Free public tours of the museum are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Salute to Independent Filmmakers Month

Friday, June 12: 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 14: 7 p.m.
Friday, June 19: 8 p.m.
Sunday June 21: 4 p.m.

Niles Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 494-1411
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