A mesmerizing assortment of short silent films by iconic French filmmaker and illusionist Georges Méliès
The Norman Studios Silent Film Museum and the Hotel Indigo® Jacksonville will screen a medley of silent film shorts by famed French filmmaker and illusionist Georges Méliès at the next Silent Sundays event on Sunday, July 16. Films include:
Paris-born in 1861, Méliès showed signs that he'd grow up an entertainer early on, often being disciplined by teachers for covering his notebooks and textbooks with drawings. At age 10, he began building cardboard puppet theatres and in his teen years, crafted sophisticated marionettes. On the evening of December 27, 1895, Méliès attended a private demonstration of the Lumière brothers' cinematograph, given for owners of Parisian houses of spectacle. That event proved a turning point in the life and career of one of the world's most innovative and influential filmmakers.
In the earliest days of cinema, Méliès was a prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves and hand-painted color. Two of his most famous films, A Trip to the Moon and The Impossible Voyage, both involving surreal journeys in the style of Jules Verne, are considered among the most important early science fiction and fantasy films.
Jacksonville University's Tony Steve and the Silver Synchro Sounds will provide live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $5 for this family-friendly series. Adult patrons 21 and older can enjoy the film with a glass Shhh! – the Silent Sundays signature cocktail created by the Hotel Indigo bar staff.
Silent Sundays proceeds support efforts of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing public knowledge of Northeast Florida's early film industry and the preservation and restoration of Jacksonville’s only remaining silent film studio. Located in historic Old Arlington, the Norman Studios was among the nation's first to produce films starring all African American casts. Find out more at normanstudios.org.
Located on the lake in upscale Tapestry Park, the Hotel Indigo® Jacksonville is a boutique-style, lakefront property providing guests with ideal access to everything the business and entertainment district offers. The hotel's interior features elements that recall Jacksonville's film history.
See "A Méliès Medley" July 16 at Hotel Indigo® Jacksonville, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle in Jacksonville's Deerwood Park. Doors open at 3pm, film begins at 4pm.