On Monday, November 21, at 7:00 PM, the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California presents “A Century Ago: The Films of 1911.” The program features several short films with the theme of “Heroes and Heroines,” and it spotlights several of the “newly anointed” star personalities of the screen, whose emergence allowed studios to distinguish and brand their one-reel productions that were filmed in a surprising variety of locations. The program is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in association with the California Film Institute. Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Director of Educational Services, hosts with accompaniment on piano by Michael Mortilla.
The program, which runs 2 hours, includes Mary Pickford in Thomas Ince’s IMP film The Dream, G. W. Anderson in Essanay’s Broncho Billy’s Christmas Dinner, John Bunny and Flora Finch in Vitagraph’s Her Crowning Glory, Kathlyn Williams in the Selig Company’s Lost in the Jungle, Winsor McCay’s first animated film for Vitagraph Winsor McCay, The Famous Cartoonist of The New York Herald and His Moving Comics, a newly-preserved print of the San Antonio Star Film Company’s Billy and His Pal and surprises galore. Most prints are in 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the British Film Institute, the Library of Congress, the Nederlands Filmmuseum and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.