In the early years of the movie industry, Florida's warm weather attracted many filmmakers.
Between 1908, when Kalem established a studio in Jacksonville, and 1917, when John Wellborn Martin was elected mayor after running on an anti-movie platform, more than 30 studios set up shop here.
By 1918, they were almost all gone.
That era is the subject of "Hollywood East: Florida's Silent Film Legacy," which will be shown at 7 p.m. TODAY (Tuesday 6/21/11) at the Jacksonville Historical Society. The film was made by Nadia Ramoutar.
A reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede the screening. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion led by Rita Reagan, who has been a leader in the effort to turn one former studio into the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum.
The screening will be held in Old St. Andrew's, a former church which now houses historical society offices. The address is 317 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public.