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Salomy Jane

Introduced by historians David Kiehn and William Sagar
Piano Accompaniment by Bruce Loeb
Saturday, September 27, 7:00
$15 (CFI members $12)

Presented by California Film Institute &
the Anne T. Kent California Room

Returning to her home turf for the first time in 94 years, Salomy Jane gallops into the Rafael, offering precious images of Marin County as it looked in 1914. Salomy Jane was the first feature-length production of the California Motion Picture Corporation, based in San Rafael, and it premiered in 1914 at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. In 1931 a fire destroyed the company's film vault, and all of the California Motion Picture Corporation's productions were considered lost until a single print of Salomy Jane was discovered in Australia a few years ago. Preserved by the Library of Congress, it revisits the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time in almost a century.

Based on a story by Bret Harte, Salomy Jane stars Beatriz Michelena in a western melodrama set in the era of the 1849 Gold Rush. Exteriors were filmed in Marin County locations, including Lake Lagunitas, as well as the Russian River area.

Preceding this historic screening will be illustrated presentations by historians David Kiehn and William Sagar, offering valuable background to the film and Marin County history. Kiehn is a film specialist and co-founder of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, and William Sagar is historian and archivist for the Fairfax Historical Society. Entire program approximately 2 hours.

This program is co-presented by California Film Institute and the Anne T. Kent California Room, preserving history as part of the Marin County Free Library.

The 35mm print of Salomy Jane is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Special thanks to Mike Mashon, Head, Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Sep 27 2008 - Sep 27 2008
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
T 415 454 1222