Ron Hutchinson, via Skype, Discussing the Vitaphone Project and Preservation of early American films

05/13/2016 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331


There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

The Canterbury Historical Society celebrates and preserves history, but also embraces modern technology in those pursuits. Join us for our first-ever program via Skype when we welcome Ron Hutchinson, Corresponding Secretary & Editor of the Vitaphone Project.

VitaphoneIn 1991 a group of film buffs and record collectors met to discuss the possibility of seeking out the shellac soundtrack discs that accompanied early 1926-1930 Vitaphone (and other) talkie shorts and features. The collaboration resulted in the Vitaphone Project, dedicated to accomplishing this goal as well as partnering with studios (particularly Turner/WB), film archives (UCLA, LOC, BFI), and private collectors worldwide to get these films restored and seen again. Of particular interest were the nearly 2,000 talkie short subjects featuring vaudevillians, bands, opera singers, and comedians made by Vitaphone from 1926-1929. In many cases 35mm picture elements exist without an accompanying soundtrack.

Since its inception, The Vitaphone Project has located over 3,000 twelve- and sixteen-inch shellac soundtrack discs in private hands; assisted in the restoration of 35 shorts and 12 features; and developed nearly $300,000 in private funding for restorations.

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