Cinecon 54 Classic Film Festival will take place over the Labor Day holiday, August 30 – September 3, 2018. The host hotel The Loews Hollywood Hotel and all screenings will take place down the street at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. The Opening Night Gala will be in the forecourt of the Egyptian Theater on Thursday, August 30th.
Stan Taffel, Jim Harwood, Michael Cahill and Tobin Larson—LAC Group employees and film preservationists from the company’s PRO-TEK division—are on the CINECON board. Harwood will provide some of his classic short subjects to the program and Taffel will present a special program of rare and recently discovered Kinescopes, while colleague Randy Gitsch will be showing the US digital premiere of “A Tale Of Old Whiff,” the first animated cartoon in 70mm, with his Cinerama restoration partner David Strohmaier.
Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings, drawing archivists, authors, collectors and film fans for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests and a movie memorabilia show.
This year’s event honors actresses Eva Marie Saint, Cora Sue Collins and Baby Peggy Montgomery, the last living star from the silent film era who is celebrating her 100th birthday and will join the festivities, schedule permitting.
Screenings that feature the honorees include:
HELEN’S BABIES (1924)
This new Library of Congress restoration is a silent comedy in which Edward Everett Horton is a young bachelor who suddenly finds himself saddled with raising two precocious little girls: Jeanne Carpenter and Baby Peggy, who at the time this film was released was the second most popular child star, after Jackie Coogan.
It will be accompanied live by The Famous Player’s Orchestra with new original score compiled and lead by maestro Scott Lasky.
THE UNEXPECTED FATHER (1932)
Four-year-old child actor Cora Sue Collins made her debut in this story about millionaire Jasper Jones, on his way to marry his gold-digging fiancé, who ends up rescuing an abused little girl, Pudge, played by Collins.
Ms. Collins, who supposedly has never seen the film, will be in the theater at this showing.
Films have been provided by NBC Universal, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, The Library Of Congress, MoMA, Paramount, Warner Bros. and private archives.
A pre-registration discount price of $175 for a full festival pass is available until August 1. After that date the price will increase to $200.
For more information, visit Cinecon’s website.