To further expand the name Essanay, and to help contribute to the company's rich cinematic history, the museum is currently raising funds to make this project a reality. To make this film even more authentic, museum historian David Kiehn and historian/cameraman Sprague Anderson will be using the same techniques that they used back in the silent film era as well as technology. The movie will be shot on a Bell & Howell 2709 hand-cranked camera and on black and white 35mm filmstock.
THE CANYON will be an original, one-reeler movie and shot on location in Niles and its surroundings, just as "Broncho Billy" Gilbert M. Anderson did when he and his 52 member crew first arrived in Niles back on April 1, 1912. Now 100 years later, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum pays tribute to its rich legacy and forges forward to once again make film history. With both Martin Scorsese's HUGO and THE ARTIST winning Academy Awards this past February, it looks like silent films are once again back in style, as well as being rediscovered by a whole new generation of movie fans for its artistry and its ability to speak to so many, without saying a single word.
Now this is where you come in. To make this project happen, your help is greatly needed! The museum has set up a fundraiser for the film and all donations will help bring this project closer to fruition. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. So please, help make film history once again in Niles. Please donate to this prestigious project, and become part of the Essanay silent film legacy!
To donate to the THE CANYON fundraiser, please visit their Indiegogo website page at www.indiegogo.com/nilesfilm. To learn more about the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, their weekly film screenings on Saturday nights, and how to become a member, please visit their website at www.nilesfilmmuseum.org.
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