Saturday, August 19 Celebrate a Century of Cinema at Jacksonville’s Norman Studios Silent Film Museum

The year 2023 marks the remarkable one-hundredth anniversary of a cinematic masterpiece that laid the foundation for an entire era of filmmaking. “Regeneration,” a silent film crafted by the visionary Richard Norman, has captured the hearts of audiences for a century with its timeless narrative and groundbreaking techniques. As this milestone is celebrated, the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, Inc. takes center stage, proudly unveiling Phase 1 of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum. This inaugural phase promises a journey through time, back to the roots of cinema, and a closer look at the magic behind “Regeneration.”

The Norman Studios Silent Film Museum opens its doors to the public, offering an exclusive opportunity to step into the world of Richard Norman’s creative genius. Among the treasures on display are Richard Norman’s own desk, table, filing cabinet, and chairs, which provide an intimate glimpse into the filmmaker’s workspace. The museum also proudly showcases a captivating collection of “Regeneration” memorabilia, including original posters, lobby cards, and a press book that once fueled the anticipation of eager audiences. These items, carefully preserved and exhibited for the first time, allow us to relive the excitement that surrounded the film’s release.

Visitors will be treated to artifacts like the ship’s wheel and a model of the boat featured in “Regeneration.” These tangible links to the film’s production offer an immersive experience that bridges the gap between the silver screen and reality. Additionally, selected inter-titles from the film are displayed, reminding us of the artistry of silent films in conveying emotions and narratives through text.

The anniversary celebration promises to be a star-studded event, with Jacqueline Stewart, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum and beloved TCM Host of Silent Sunday Nights, leading the festivities. The Norman family, as well as local dignitaries, will share their insights and personal connections to the film, enriching the event with their perspectives.

A limited edition “Regeneration” poster, specially created for the occasion, will be available for purchase at the event. This collectible item serves as a reminder of the film’s impact and significance, and each purchase contributes to the museum’s mission to preserve cinematic history.

As a testament to the community’s dedication, generous anonymous donors have stepped forward to match all donations from July 1 through September 30, up to a total of $5000. This generosity underscores the shared passion for preserving cinematic history and ensuring that future generations can appreciate the roots of their cinematic heritage.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, registration is recommended. You can REGISTER HERE.


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