These photos are courtesy of the History Center in Tompkins County
We’re so excited on Friday afternoon to have our first official day of filming and interviews at Stewart Park. We will be interviewing Diana Riesman and Connie Bruce, the founders of the Ithaca Motion Picture Project to learn about how the historic Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake was used by the Wharton brothers as a location for their films from 1914 to 1919. We will also get the opportunity to learn more their plans for their museum at Stewart Park. We can’t wait to share photos with you from our first production shoot. We are pumped and ready to go; we have our equipment, hats and gloves, and a ton of positive energy!
Over the last two weeks, we have met with Terry Harbin, the founder of Ithaca-Made Movies, Aaron Prichel, and Diana Riesman from the Ithaca Motion Picture Picture Project to learn more about silent film history in Ithaca and to learn about how they are trying to keep this history alive. Terry shared his expert knowledge about the history of silent film in Ithaca and he gave us some great contacts that have organized events recently. Diana had some interesting stories to share with us about her work to create a museum about silent film in Ithaca in Stewart Park and showed us a bunch of old photos from Wharton Studio in Stewart Park. Aaron let us shoot footage of his store in the Ithaca Commons where he has old movie posters on display from the various movies shot in Ithaca and we purchased some DVDs and pamphlets to help us create our documentary.