Their First Misunderstanding (1911) was Mary Pickford’s first short for Carl Laemmle’s IMP studio after she left the Biograph Company in late 1910. (Read more about Mary’s IMP experience here and here.) Long considered a “lost” film, this treasure was discovered in a New Hampshire barn and recently donated to Keene State College, which worked with the Library of Congress to restore the film. You can read more about this exciting discovery in the Los Angeles Times and on Leonard Maltin’s blog, and watch a video from CBS News here. See Rachel Maddow discuss the discovery and refer to Mary Pickford as “the greatest movie star ever” here.
Exciting news for all Cinephiles and silent fans: on this Labor Day weekend the Mary Pickford Foundation will join the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for a special screening of two Mary Pickford films, The Pride of the Clan and The School Teacher and the Waif. The Pride of the Clan has not been shown in Los Angeles in over 20 years, and this rare Biograph short has not been on the big screen in decades.
The Pride of the Clan (1917) stars Mary Pickford when she had just been voted America’s most popular movie star by the readers of Motion Picture magazine and her worldwide fame was skyrocketing. Pickford enlivens this silent drama as Scottish lass Marget McTavish, who falls in love with fisherman Matt Moore and takes command of the clan after her chieftain father dies at sea. Maurice Tourneur’s direction, Clarence Brown’s editing, and groundbreaking cinematography combine to make The Pride of the Clan “ten years ahead of its time” according to film scholar Richard Koszarski.
D.W. Griffith directs Biograph star Mary Pickford in her first appearance as the legendary and impish Pickford ”waif” in the 1912 short The School Teacher and the Waif. Griffith captures the young actress on the brink of her stardom as Nora, a wild, untamed girl whose life is changed by teacher Edwin August.
Since 1965, Cinecon has been “seventh heaven for cinephiles who have seen nearly everything TCM and AMC have to offer,” with five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Reserve your passes here for Labor Day weekend, August 29th to September 2nd 2013, in Hollywood. The screening starts with The School Teacher and the Waif at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 30th, followed by The Pride of the Clan at 8:10.
Film historian, producer, archivist and author Jeffrey Vance is currently examining and enhancing the catalogued records of the Mary Pickford Foundation holdings on deposit at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Mr. Vance will make a definitive and complete inventory for the Foundation, inspecting film elements to determine physical condition, editions, versions, sources and derivatives. Mr. Vance will identify the earliest preservation material available for each title and offer recommendations to the Foundation.
Mr. Vance began his career as an archivist for M-G-M/United Artists and served the same function for the Chaplin family’s Roy Export S.A.S. and later for The Harold Lloyd Trust. As a producer, he packaged the “Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies” for Turner Classic Movies; as a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short subject “Rediscovering John Gilbert” (2010); and as a writer, he authored “Douglas Fairbanks” (UC Press/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008), “Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema” (Harry N. Abrams, 2003) and “Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian” (Harry N. Abrams, 2002).
Mary Pickford Foundation Preservation Bootcamp: Friday, March 1st, 2013
The Mary Pickford Foundation and film archivist Alan Boyd present an all-day seminar on film preservation. Students interested in the art and science of film preservation will be able to learn these skills hands-on with professionals in the field. Alan Boyd will teach all aspects of film preservation; students will be presented with all elements of film in all stages of decomposition and shrinkage, and will witness firsthand the complexities of film preservation at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
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Also, check out our one-of-a-kind personal Mary Pickford scrapbook, and our new searchable Filmography featuring rare clips from features Cinderella, Stella Maris, Heart o’ the Hills, Tess of the Storm Country, Taming of the Shrew and Kiki, and early shorts Tender Hearts, The School Teacher and the Waif, So Near, Yet So Far and The Dream.
The Foundation is pleased to announce that we have begun filming on-camera interviews about Mary Pickford, her legacy, her personal history, her philanthropy, and her contributions to the film industry. Mary’s talent and dedication will be discussed by such notable experts as:
Tino Balio: Film scholar and author of United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars, among other titles
Cari Beauchamp: Film historian and award-winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and Joseph Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years
Malcolm Boyd: Bestselling author, civil rights activist and close friend of Mary Pickford
Cecilia DeMille Presley: Granddaughter of Cecil B. DeMille
Randy Haberkamp: Managing Director of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Jan-Christopher Horak: Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Betty Lasky: Daughter of film producer Jesse L. Lasky
Leonard Maltin: Film critic and author of Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide
Henry Stotsenberg: Chairman and CEO of the Mary Pickford Foundation
Kevin Thomas: Film critic for the Los Angeles Times
Mark Vieira: Film expert and author of Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood & Harlow in Hollywood and Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy
Marc Wanamaker: Film historian
Joseph Yranski: Film historian
We will continue our on camera interviews in order to create a complete research archive for discovering information about Mary Pickford and the silent film era.
We plan to utilize these interviews in an in-depth documentary film study about Mary Pickford, her life, her legacy and her philanthropic endeavors.