0

Montgomery County Community College showcases early cinematic history at 25th Annual Betzwood Silent Film Festival

Share Button

SUBMITTED TO TICKET

If you were making a movie about a train wreck in 1914, you actually had to wreck a real train, which was what one director did. At the 25th annual Betzwood Film Festival on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m., audiences can learn more about this famous collision and see the film itself. The annual film festival will be held at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain.

Courtesy of Betzwood Film Archive

Courtesy of Betzwood Film Archive

 

The story of how and why those two old locomotives ended up on the same track is only one of the features of  the 25th anniversary show. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children under age 12. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and information.

Not many local residents today are aware that before Hollywood, there was Betzwood: a sprawling 350-acre studio complex where more than 100 films were produced and circulated worldwide. Located in what is now West Norriton Township near the Trooper Road exit of Route 422, the operation was the brainchild of Siegmund Lubin, a Polish immigrant and Philadelphia-area resident who started out as an optician entranced by the possibilities of filmmaking, according to a press release.

To join the Betzwood mailing list, email Joseph Eckhardt at jeckhard@mc3.edu. Follow “Destination Arts” at Montgomery County Community College on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DestinationArts for information about performing and fine arts events.

 –Information provided by Montgomery County Community College

 

 

Share Button

ticket