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Copyrights Will Expire for 35 Silent Films By Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton, and More

Copyrights Will Expire for 35 Silent Films By Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton, and More
Films by Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, and Buster Keaton are among the “hundreds of thousands” of books, musical scores, and motion pictures that will enter the public domain on January 1, according to The Atlantic. All of the works were first made available to audiences in 1923, four years before the introduction of talkies. Due to changed copyright laws, this will be the largest collection of material to lose its copyright protections since 1998.

Artists looking to incorporate black-and-white era throwbacks into their modern creations will have lots of new options. The Atlantic consulted unpublished research from Duke University School of Law’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain, which shared with IndieWire a list of 35 films that will soon become available to all.

“Our list is therefore only a partial one; many more works are entering the public domain as well, but the relevant information to confirm this may
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Anthology Film Archives Announces ‘Woman With a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950’ Program

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Anthology Film Archives Announces ‘Woman With a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950’ Program
New York’s Anthology Film Archives has announced the lineup for its ambitious Woman With a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950,” which runs September 15 — 28. Among the spotlighted filmmakers are Gene Gauntier, Lois Weber and Alice Guy-Blaché, though many more will be featured during the two-week series as well. Full lineup below.

The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg” (Sidney Olcott & Gene Gauntier)

“Further Adventures of the Girl Spy” (Sidney Olcott)

The Colleen Bawn” (Sidney Olcott & Gene Gauntier)

Broadway Love” (Ida May Park)

“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (Lotte Reiniger)

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The Rosary” and “Suspense” (Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley)

Shoes” (Lois Weber)

“The Holy Night” (Elvira Notari)

“Humankind” (Elvira Giallanella)

The Drunken Mattress” (Alice Guy-Blaché)

“The Strike” (Alice Guy-Blaché)

“The New Love and the Old” (Alice Guy-Blaché)

“The Roads That Lead Home” (Alice Guy-Blaché)

“The
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Huston to Follow Heston as Ben-Hur Casting Announced

Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale
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Historical Irish silent films are now available online - Videos (IrishCentral)

In exciting news, Irish Film & TV (Iftv) Research Online, a Trinity College project, is making available nine dramatized films about the Irish, made in Ireland and America by Sidney Olcott and others during the period of 1910 to 1915. Canadian-born Alcott, who was of Irish heritage, moved to Ireland and made several films there. He even had plans for a permanent studio in Beaufort, County Kerry, but the First World War intervened. Iftv says that almost all the Irish-themed fiction films released in this period were produced by foreign filmmakers, but during 1916 to 1920 Irish filmmakers working mainly for the Film Company of Ireland also made innovative and challenging films. ----------------------- Read more: More movie news from IrishCentral Sean Quinn’s wife and children could face bankruptcy hearing to repay banks History of Ireland’s War of Independence changed by Kerry students ----------------------- Five of the nine films are concerned with aspects of
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Kalem Film Company 'Blazing the Trail' Doc Screens in Galway

Biff Productions will present the Irish Premiere of feature doc 'Blazing the Trail: The O'Kalems in Ireland' documentary at this year's Galway Film Fleadh. Written and directed by Peter Flynn and produced by Tony Tracy (Huston School of Film, Nui Galway), 'Blazing the Trail' follows Sidney Olcott and Gene Gauntier of the New York based Kalem Film Company who made close to 30 films in Ireland in the early 1910s.
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Historic 1910 films to be featured at Boston Irish Film Festival (IrishCentral)

Video / Trailer for "Lad from Old Ireland" / Click here This year the Boston Irish Film Festival present a unique multimedia event that takes you back to the early 1910s when pioneering screenwriter/actress Gene Gauntier and director Sidney Olcott of the Kalem Film Company blazed a trail from New York to Killarney—and into history. Affectionately known as the “O’Kalems,” Gauntier, Olcott, and their crew became the first American filmmakers to shoot overseas and the first to produce films that reflected the realities of the Irish experience. A sentimental mix of rebel dramas, folk romances and tales of exile and emigration, their films proved tremendously popular with the Irish in America and helped ease the ease the pangs of being so far from home. At the Boston Irish Film Festival on Monday, November 23, Blazing the Trail presents a selection of these rarely-seen films with live musical accompaniment and interspersed
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