October is officially Silent Movie Month in Ithaca! In spring of 2012, October was officially proclaimed Silent Movie Month in the City of Ithaca by Mayor Svante Myrick. 2017 marks its 6th year! Each October, silent film and the role Ithaca’s Wharton, Inc. Studio played in early American filmmaking is highlighted through screenings, presentations and exhibits throughout Ithaca.

This year’s festivities include FOUR events here at Cinemapolis:

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at 2 pm
Buster Keaton Matinee!
Co-presented by Cinemapolis and Wharton Studio Museum

A film-filled afternoon of Buster Keaton short films starring the inimitable comic genius! Fun for the entire family! Introduction by Roger Kimmel Smith, a local writer, educator and amateur cultural historian who loves silent film and hosts Crazy Words, Crazy Tune, a program of 1920s/1930s music and popular culture on Ithaca’s community radio station WRFI.
$6. per person, 12 years-old and under FREE!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 7 pm
The Manhattan Front directed by Cathy Lee Crane
Co-hosted by Wharton Studio Museum and Polyvinyl Pictures

Join us for this special preview screening of a locally produced film followed by a Q&A with its award-winning director, Ithaca College professor Cathy Lee Crane. The Manhattan Front is Crane’s debut feature-length fiction film concerned with an over-looked chapter of American history. Its core impulse for the director came from a very personal question: “Who might my maternal great-grandmother have been?” When the U.S. entered World War I, a butcher in the Bronx adopted Crane’s maternal grandmother at the age of three. Extensive research into the lives of women in Manhattan from 1914-1917 led to the discovery that during this period of U.S. neutrality, the Great War was being waged on what German Naval Officer von Rintelen described as The Manhattan Front.
This screening event is FREE thanks to the support from Community Arts Partnership. For more information visit the Facebook Event page

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
The “New Woman” as Silent Serial Heroine by historian Barbara Tepa Lupack
presented by Wharton Studio Museum in collaboration with The History Center

Join Barbara Tepa Lupack, NYS Public scholar and author of more than twenty-five books about film history for this lively presentation and screening of rare episodes of several pioneering serials, including The Hazards of Helen, The Perils of Pauline and the Wharton Brothers’ The Exploits of Elaine.
By the early decades of the twentieth century, the “New Woman” – an independent, ambitious, and thoroughly modern woman – had become ubiquitous in American culture. Her influence was felt in most aspects of American life, from magazines, periodicals, and illustration to fashion, athletics, and social politics. But it was in silent serial pictures that she found her best and fullest representation. In The Hazards of Helen, The Perils of Pauline, The Exploits of Elaine, and other landmark serial productions of the 1910s, that heroine challenged gender stereotypes and introduced a new model for women to emulate and men to admire.
FREE and open to the public. Wharton Studio Museum thanks the NEH for its support of this program.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 7 pm
Battleship Potemkin (1925) directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Presented by Cinemapolis, Wharton Studio Museum and Ithaca College’s Department of Sociology

Commemorate the Centennial of the Russian Revolution with this silent masterpiece by Sergei Eisenstein which presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. Listed among the best examples of early world cinema, Battleship Potemkin features iconic scenes that continue to influence filmmakers almost 100 years later. This screening will feature introductory remarks from Ithaca College scholars, including  Professor Andrew Thompson from the Department of Sociology.

For a complete list of Silent Movie Month Events, visit whartonstudiomuseum.org

Silent Movie Month’s Presenting Sponsor is Travis Hyde Properties.