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Special Screening of Edward S. Curtis's Landmark Silent Film"In the Land of the Head Hunters" (1914)
Thursday, March 3, 2016

In 1914, American photographer Edward S. Curtis released the first feature-length, silent, fiction film to star an entirely indigenous cast. In the Land of the Head Hunters—an epic melodrama of love, war, sorcery and ritual—was made with the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) people on location in British Columbia, and its premiers in Seattle and New York were accompanied by a live rendition of the original musical score written for the film by John J. Braham, best known for his work arranging Gilbert and Sullivan in the US. Though partially restored in the early 1970s (and released as In the Land of the War Canoes), the original has been completely inaccessible and overlooked by film history. Join Aaron Glass for a special screening and discussion of the newly restored film, which has returned the film’s original title, inter-title cards, long-missing footage, color tinting, initial publicity graphics, and musical score—now thought to be the earliest extant original feature-length film score in American history.

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Ottaway Theater (Avery)
Sponsor: Anthropology Program; Center for Moving Image Arts
Contact: Aaron Glass.
Phone: 845-758-7667

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