Port Henry to host film festival

PORT HENRY - The Moriah Historical Society will present the first Moriah Silent Film Festival on June 5-6.

The educational, historical and entertaining two-day event is presented in cooperation with the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the Moriah Chamber of Commerce and Moriah Central School.

The festival aims to educate residents and visitors about local film history, according to Barbara Brassard, festival coordinator.

It will include a presentation of some of the films that were produced in the village of Port Henry in the early 1900s at the Arctic City set, dubbed the "Hollywood of the Adirondacks." Dozens of silent films, such as The Perils of Pauline with actress Pearl White, were produced between 1913 and 1926.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, with Premier Night, featuring Once Upon an Opera House, a silent film created this spring by the Moriah Central School eighth grade class. The evening will also include a showing of a chapter from the 1941 Captain Marvel movies, the forerunner to the Indiana Jones films. Following the films, attendees will have an opportunity to meet the stars of Once Upon an Opera House.

Saturday, June 6, from 2 - 5 p.m., festival showings will include serial episodes of The Perils of Pauline. In addition, there will be a panel of experts on hand to discuss Arctic City film history and silent films.

Festival events will all be held at the Cheney's Church Street Restaurant second floor event hall, at 6 Church St. in Port Henry.

Friday night "Dinner and a Movie" specials are being offered by several local eateries, including Boyea's Grocery and Deli, Grover Hills Deli and Cheney's Church Street Restaurant.

Event tickets will be available at these locations for the dinner specials and at the door on site for the event. Ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students for Friday's Premier Night, and $2 for Saturday's events.

In support of the event, 50/50 raffle tickets are also now on sale at several locations, including Boni's Bistro, Boyea's Grocery and Deli, Collins Motel and Restaurant, Frank's Knotty Pine and Grover Hills Deli. Proceeds will benefit the Moriah Historical Society.

Updated information and ticket locations are available online at www.port-henry.ny.us.

For more information visit the website, or contact Brassard at barb_12960@yahoo.com or 546-8607.

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