IMPP Exhibit at the History Center
We had a successful day of shooting today at the History Center. We met Scott Callan, the executive director of the History Center, and we learned about the different projects the museum does to keep people informed about the history of Ithaca. He said the Center is important because we have plenty of students and tourists who pass through Ithaca and they should have a place where they can learn about Ithaca’s history. The History Center is working with the Ithaca Motion Picture Project on their museum in Stewart Park. In addition to providing materials, they will also have more space in the IMPP museum to show new collections. This was especially exciting to Callan because the History Center has plenty of materials in archives that they would like to show to the general public.
We also interviewed Diana Riesman again from the IMPP because the footage from Stewart Park was partly ruined due to the windy weather. Riesman told us more about the exhibits at she had curated as part of Ithaca Silent Movie Month in October all around Ithaca, and we had the opportunity to view one of the exhibits currently housed at the History Center. Overall, we had a great time looking around the museum and learning more about Ithaca’s history.
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.