Thursday, July 10, 2014

Norman Studios Silent Sunday Screening

Norman Studios and Hotel Indigo Present

Silent Sunday Screening

A Florida Enchantment (1914)

When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Where: Hotel Indigo, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle Jacksonville, Florida 32246 (Near Tinseltown) Click here for Map
Suggested Donation: $5.00 at the door with free popcorn (cash, debit or credit)
Refreshments: a la carte at bar
Screening Length: 70 minutes and discussion afterward

Join Norman Studios for a screening of one of Jacksonville’s most controversial early films. 

Shot in 1914 at Jacksonville and St. Augustine (with shots of the Ponce De Leon Hotel - now Flagler College) locations by Vitagraph Films. A FLORIDA ENCHANTMENT touches on some taboos of the era and serves up some of the unfortunate practices prevalent in film at that time. Sidney Drew directed and co-starred with Edith Storey. The hijinks ensue when Lillian Travers discovers her fiance’s infidelity and takes revenge by swallowing a magic seed that is supposed to turn her into a man. Her unfaithful lover and her maid also eat the seeds with dismaying results.

Paying homage to well-known Shakespearean plots, this film is billed as a comedy; however, it has been the source of many discussions relevant to changing audiences through the years.  In fact, it was this type of film that contributed to the demise of Jacksonville as the “Winter Silent Film Capital of the World”.

All proceeds go to support the efforts of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, a non-profit dedicated to educating and enhancing the public knowledge of Jacksonville's early film industry, including the unique films produced at Norman Studios. To find out more information about our organization, please go to our website.

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We look forward to seeing you on the 13th!
A 1914 movie poster of A Florida Enchantment produced by Vitagraph. The film is one of the few intact silent films produced by the more than 30 Jacksonville-based studios.
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