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December 18, 2012 > Going dotty at the Museum - and a challenge!

Going dotty at the Museum - and a challenge!

Submitted By Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

What's that you say? We are in the middle of the centennial of when film making happened here in Niles and we want to celebrate that in many ways. One thing we want to do this upcoming year is to create a Made in Niles DVD with films featuring Broncho Billy and Charlie Chaplin. Some of them are available on other DVDs but we also want to include a couple films that you can only see at occasional film festivals because they only reside in foreign archives. Which you can imagine is odd since they were made right here 100 years ago... We want to "bring them home" for others to enjoy.

So a donation to the Century 2000 challenge will go towards that goal. To get a film print of one film will cost us $1,500 and the rest of the money would assist with other start-up costs. And we want more; we are hoping that if we are able to raise $2,000 from local townsfolk and our holiday shoppers, it will be easier for us to get a couple more matching grants to make this project a reality! For every $5 donated, your name will go on a special commemorative disk that will hang on our designated tree all month. Please give generously!

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located at 37417 Niles Boulevard in Fremont's historic Niles District. For more information call (510) 494-1411 or visit and click on Century 2000 Donation to contribute.

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