Manny P. here…
What a remarkable time I had at CINECON 47 on Friday! For the second straight year, I spent the start of my Labor Day Weekend at the Film Book Fair on the 3rd Floor of the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, just outside the Movie Memorabilia Show. I met some amazing folks…
I was so happy to chat with Miriam Nelson, an author and legendary choreographer from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She has promised to appear on my Forgotten Hollywood Radio Show on The Spa Radio Network. We’re planning on taping her interview at the beginning of 2012. Miriam will share some great stories.
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A representative from the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA bought my book for their library and research center. According to their brochure:
In 1907, George Spoor, a Chicago film distributor, and Gilbert M. Anderson, an actor and director, formed the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company.
Based in Chicago, on April 1, 1912, Anderson moved the film crew to Northern California. Over the next three years, the Niles Studio produced over 350 films including Broncho Billy Westerns, Snakeville comedies, and contemporary dramas. The equation changed in December, 1914, when Charlie Chaplin was signed by Essanay.
When Chaplin’s contract came up for renewal in December, 1915, Spoor rejected Chaplin’s salary demands – $10, 000 a week plus $150,000 to sign his name on the contract. Chaplin went elsewhere and Anderson was also ready to move on. On February 16, 1916, the Niles Essanay studio shut down. The doors were closed and locked. It was the end of an era.
Although not well known today, the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company was one of the major studios of its day. This museum keeps the spirit of Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson silent films alive.
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An employee from the Hollywood Heritage Museum purchased more copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. This California Historic Landmark is a special location for my work. I was informed my book has been selling well in their gift shop.
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And, I met Jordon Young the LA/OC theatre critic from Examiner.com. He has promised to review my paperback in the upcoming months at the news site. Great news indeed!
Overall, it was another great afternoon at CINECON 47!
Until next time> “never forget”