Introduced by historians David Kiehn & Laurie Thompson
Piano Accompaniment by Bruce Loeb
Sunday, September 30, 7:00
Presented by California Film Institute, Marin History Museum & the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
$15 (CFI members $12)
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, once located in the Sun Valley area of San Rafael. All of the defunct company's holdings were lost in a 1931 fire, until a single print of Salomy Jane
was discovered in Australia and subsequently preserved by the Library of Congress. Based on a story by California writer 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, including Lagunitas, as well as in the Russian River and Boulder Creek areas.
Preceding this historic screening will be illustrated presentations by historians David Kiehn
and Laurie Thompson
. Kiehn is a film specialist and co-founder of the Niles Essanay Film Museum, and Thompson is librarian of the Anne T. Kent California Room of the Marin County Free Library. We extend special thanks to the Library of Congress for the loan of the 35mm print, and also to the Niles Essanay Film Museum for its assistance.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Marin History Museum and the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library.
Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Sep 30 2012