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Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2018 Conference — Silent Gems of Toronto’s Archives Another Day and Secrets of the Night
March 15 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday March 15th at 8:30PM.
“The Silent Cinema SIG, in conjunction with the Nontheatrical Film and Media SIG, the Classical Hollywood SIG, and the
Women in Screen History SIG, are pleased to offer two rare screenings accompanied by a discussion of Toronto’s film archives.
To lead off this event, we are pleased to host a 30-minute panel discussion with Toronto-area archivists familiar with the
local film and media collections, including those held by the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, and
the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Panelists include Alicia Fletcher (Ryerson, previously with TIFF); Katrina CohenPalacios
(York University Libraries); and Christina Stewart (University of Toronto’s Media Commons), who was responsible for
overseeing the restoration of the night’s feature film.
The screening itself will consist of two silent films, with live musical accompaniment by local pianist Jordan Klapman. Another
Day (1934) is a 10-minute Toronto-set distillation of all of the best conventions of the “city symphony,” produced by the Toronto
Film Club. Secrets of the Night (1924) is a Universal murder-mystery comedy, starring Madge Bellamy, James Kirkwood, and
Zasu Pitts and directed by Herbert Blaché. Secrets was believed lost/incomplete until a 16mm print was found in 2016 in the
basement of a Toronto-area home. Both silent films, in their own way, point to the long and important film history of Toronto
and the continuing significance of its archives.
Finally, we are excited to host a reception immediately following the screenings, offering late-night snacks and drinks. The
reception is a unique opportunity for the multiple sponsoring SIGs, as well as other SCMS members, to mix and mingle.
Please join us for the panel, the films, and the reception!
Katrina Cohen-Palacios G York University Libraries
Alicia Fletcher G Ryerson University
Christina Stewart G University of Toronto’s
Media Commons Archives
University of Toronto, Innis College
Classical Hollywood Scholarly Interest Group
Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group
Silent Cinema Scholarly Interest Group
Women in Screen History Scholarly Interest Group
EVENT COORDINATORS Wyatt Phillips, Luci Marzola, Charlie Keil”
Register for the 2018 Conference here.