“Lois Weber In Early Hollywood” talk with screening of “Shoes” (1916) partly shot on location in John Parkinson’s Pershing Square
You are invited to join members of the Pershing Square Restoration Society for a rare opportunity to see Lois Weber’s groundbreaking 1916 film “Shoes” on the big screen with live musical accompaniment and learn about this fascinating cinema pioneer.
A central scene in “Shoes” was shot on location in John Parkinson’s Pershing Square and once you see it, we think you’ll agree: Don’t Redesign, Restore Pershing Square!
The event is free, and each person can reserve two tickets here. There will be a reception at 6:30pm, and the film and talk start at 7:30pm.
ABOUT THE EVENT: One of the most important and prolific directors of the silent film era, who also happens to be one of Hollywood’s few women directors to this day, Lois Weber was also a writer, producer, actress and head of her own production company who forged the way for filmmakers who saw film as an opportunity to inject their own ideas and philosophies into the burgeoning entertainment industry. The Academy Scholars presentation by Shelley Stamp, professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz and author of the recently published “Lois Weber in Early Hollywood,” will be followed by a screening of Weber’s 1916 film “Shoes” in a new 35mm print in its full silent aspect ratio with live musical accompaniment. Based on the short story by Stella Wynne Herron, “Shoes” tells the plight of a young girl whose financial desperation leads her to prostitution. The film will be screened from a print recently restored by EYE Film Museum.
There will be a welcome reception beginning at 6:30.
This is the 13th in a series of lectures spotlighting recipients of the Academy Film Scholars grant. Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.