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January Guest Stars Visiting the Silver Screen Oasis


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We are pleased to announce that film preservationist David Shepard will be joining us at Silver Screen Oasis from January 14th-18th, 2008.


Mr. Shepard's Film Preservation Associates has been responsible for the preservation of many classic silent films, including Birth of a Nation, Tol'able David, Orphans of the Storm, Nosferatu and many others.


After acquiring the Blackhawk Film Library in the 1980s, David Shepard began restoring silent films and making them available in top notch video editions, first on VHS and now on DVD.


Please join us while we talk to Mr. Shepard about his work in keeping these films alive for a new generation. Whether a film scholar or a neophyte enthusiast of early film history, we'd love to have you drop by to participate in our Q and A session and enjoy our site.


Here's a link to an interview with Mr. Shepard from the Silents are Golden website. A partial list of the illustrious restored films whose preservation is owed in part to David Shepard are below:

* The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

* America (1924)

* Atlantis (1913)

* Destiny (1921)

* The Birth of a Nation (1915)

* The Black Pirate (1926)

* The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

* Carmen (1915)

* City Lights (1931)

* Cobra (1925)

* Convict 13 (1920)

* The Coward (1915)

* Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)

* Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

* Faust (1926)

* Flirting With Fate (1916)

* Go West (1925)

* His New Job (1915)

* The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

* The Indian Tomb (1921)

* A King in New York (1957)

* The Last Laugh (1924)

* The Lost World (1925) restored version released April 6, 2001

* The Man With the Movie Camera (1929)

* Mark of Zorro (1920)

* The Matrimaniac (1916)

* Modern Times (1936)

* The Mollycoddle (1920)

* Moods of the Sea (1941)

* Nanook of the North (1922)

* Nosferatu (1922) restored version released January 2, 2001

* Orphans of the Storm (1921)

* Our Daily Bread (1934)

* Phantom of the Opera (1925)

* The Pilgrim (1923)

* Prison Train (1938)

* Robin Hood (1922)

* Shadows (1922)

* Siegfried (1924)

* The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)

* Steamboat Bill (1928)

* Strike (1925)

* Sunrise (1927)

* The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

* The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

* Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

* Tol'able David (1921)

* Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)


For a brief history of the Blackhawk Film Library, please follow this link:

Blackhawk Films

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A reminder that if you'd like to read the details of our Q & A with our special guest, David Shepard, please feel free to visit us here. We are very appreciative for the generous amount of time and detailed answers that Mr. Shepard provided for our visitors. Our respect and appreciation for his heroic efforts to pass on the precious films of early movie makers is beyond words.


Thanks to all those who've participated in this illuminating discussion about the world of film preservation.



Our Upcoming Weekend Guest Star at the SSO Jan. 19th & 20th

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 19th, we begin our conversation with our special guest star, author Alan K. Rode, begins. Mr. Rode's expertise in film history has yielded the recent book, Charles McGraw, Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy. This well received portrait outlines the life and career of the actor who appeared in several outstanding noirs, including The Killers (1946), Roadblock(1951) and Narrow Margin (1952), as well as many other movies in all genres.


Mr. Rode is also expected to discuss his activities as one of the driving forces behind the Film Noir Foundation and the upcoming Noir City Festival in San Francisco, scheduled from Jan. 25 - February 3. Mr. Rode will be with us for Saturday, 1/19th and Sunday, 1/20th only for this special event. We hope to see you there.

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