Our new film and video productions include documentaries of silent film stars Theda Bara, Pearl White, and Gloria Swanson and newly restored releases of the films of Mary Pickford. In addition we have children's programs in the works and two exciting new talents at Timeline who bring with them a world of experience and expertise.
Theda Bara - Silent Film Vamp - Premieres at The Museum of Modern Art
Wearing only a metal snake bra between her waistline and her exotic kohl-lined eyes, Hollywood’s first and foremost vamp Theda Bara dazzles audiences in our new documentary, The Woman with the Hungry Eyes.
Timeline’s documentary on the life and times of Theda Bara had a successful East Coast premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on May 20 & 22, 2006. The film features Dana Delany as the voice of Theda Bara and includes clips from Theda’s breakthrough film, A Fool There Was, as well as the only known remaining footage of her lost film, Cleopatra.
After the show, director Hugh Munro Neely and producer Andi Hicks fielded questions from the many who stayed. Not wanting to leave audiences hungry, we distributed Photoplay’s 1916 recipe for the Theda Bara Sandwich, “the sandwich that bites a little and says, ‘More.’”
The Woman with the Hungry Eyes has been sought out by several film festivals on the East and West coasts and will have its European premiere this fall at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the internationally known silent film festival in Pordenone and Sacile, Italy. Look for the DVD release in January 2007.
Mary Pickford Films Lovingly Restored and Tinted for DVD
The genius and extraordinary beauty of Mary Pickford can be seen once more with our newly restored and tinted DVD releases of four of her feature films, each with its own new orchestral score.
As the managers of the film and photo collections of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, we're very excited about four newly produced DVD versions of Mary Pickford feature films. The Heart o’ the Hills (1919), Through the Back Door (1919), Suds (1920), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) are now available for home viewing.
Heart o’ the Hills (1919) is presented with a chamber score tinged with echoes of Appalachian fiddle tunes and composed by Maria Newman, daughter of the famous film composer Alfred Newman. Extras include the complete feature M’liss (1918), as well as a gallery of stills.
For Back Door, renowned silent film specialist Robert Israel created a beautiful orchestral score composed and compiled from authentic period selections.
Bonus Documentary on Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks
Suds features a new score by the Mont Alto Orchestra compiled from authentic music of the period, a charming counterpoint to this sentimental light comedy. Among the bonus features is The Birth of a Legend (1966), a 26-minute documentary on Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.
Fauntleroy features a spectacular new original symphonic score by Nigel Holton, performed by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic orchestra.
The DVDs can be ordered from Milestone Film and Video at www.milestonefilms.com, and from reputable retailers.
New Faces at Timeline Bring Depth and Breadth of Experience
The Timeline team welcomes
two new members, Francie Neely and
Neill Hicks, spouses of Hugh and Andi,
Digital-age Kids Learn Nuts and Bolts of Film History
How do you get children
interested in film history? That’s our challenge. Using three of Mary
Pickford’s films we’re helping kids make the
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice? Not These Ladies
We Love Our Two New Documentary Stars!
We’re very excited about prospective documentaries on Pearl White, Queen of the Serial, and Gloria Swanson, Queen of, well, Hollywood lovers. Both were fun and fabulous, with delicious stories to tell!
Pearl White, Hollywood’s
first female action heroine, kicks, jumps, and runs rings around today’s
action stars. Too young to have seen the Perils of Pauline? Don’t worry,
you’ll get plenty of this charismatic and kooky Queen of the Serials as we
unravel the tall tales of an
Ever Eclectic, Andi Brings Dance to Timeline
Producer Andi Hicks is working on several projects that involve dance, including one on celebrity dancer Jack Cole, the father of theatrical jazz dance.
Andi is also researching a documentary on Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary), one of the first child stars of the Silents.
Slovakia Today is a
Hicks documentary about the newly independent nation that is only thirteen
years old yet retains its unspoiled and
Our Courageous Female Aviators are Grounded
Interest in the Russian women aviators who flew combat against Hitler during WWII is insufficient to make progress on Night Witches, which is currently on hold.
Night Witches is the true story of the young Soviet women pilots, navigators, bombers and mechanics who defended Mother Russia against Hitler’s invading troops during WWII.
This project needs funding. We have 20 filmed interviews with women veterans of the Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Russia, and their stories are amazing and inspirational. Interested in helping us tell their stories? Please, let us know!
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