Seven Silent Films

One hundred years ago, short silent films were exhibited around the world.  After the movies were shown in local theaters, they were often discarded in favor of the latest productions and lost forever.  In a sea chest at a flea market in central California, Dave and Margo Narvone found seven of this films. Over a period of years, the American Film Institute (AFI), and their generous donors, restored the seven decaying films from their original nitrate film negative.

These set of films contain many historical importance in film: first all black cast film, first female film director, oldest known movie depicting the working day for typical Singapore folks in 1911, only known film from the career of Dorothy Gibson, and the oldest known film of the Count of Monte Cristo.

Suttle Films was apart of this process in restoring and developing a DVD of these seven lost films for Native Intelligence Distribution.  “It’s an interesting project due to the fact that these films from the turn of the 20th century were once thought to be lost. It’s exciting to be a part of bringing this film history back to life” James Suttles.