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The Thanhouser Studio
and the Birth of American Cinema

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The untold story of the rise and fall of one of America's pioneering silent motion picture studios.

This award winning 53 minute documentary premiered on opening night at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy on October 4, 2014 and was featured on Turner Classic Movies "Silent Sunday Nights" in July 2015. It was awarded a Special Jury Award for Documentary at the 2015 WorldFest-Houston, Award of Excellence by the Depth of Field International Film Festival, nominated for Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angles Film Review, selected for competition by the New York Independent Film Festival, and was awarded Best Documentary Feature by Star Doc Fest. Read reviews by Marc Mohan (The Oregonian), Sean Axmaker (Fandor's Keynote), and Lea Stans (Silent-ology). It is now available for purchase on DVD and BluRay or to watch online. The DVD disc also includes two Thanhouser films highlighted in the documentary: Petticoat Camp (1912) and The Evidence of the Film (1913). Buy the DVD and BluRay on, or watch the trailer below and stream the documentary online:


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