March 4, 2011
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival presented RFS with yet another opportunity to celebrate black-and white film. Back to God's Country was directed by David M. Hartford in 1919 and starred Nell Shipman,, a female Canadian film icon with a notable career as an actress, producer, writer and director.
The silent film projection took place at the Grand Theater and was accompanied by pianist Philip Carli. The use of a blue filter to represent the night sky was a haunting and beautiful reminder of the techniques developed by filmmakers in the early 20th century.
Always concerned with the showmanship of our presentations, Robert personally set the timing of the film. The 76-minute movie was projected using a 35mm projector. The show was visually delightful and the live music added a special quality for a very receptive Kingston crowd.