The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema
A fifty minute documentary recounting the remarkable tale of one of America's pioneering independent motion picture studios during the first decade of the twentieth century. Based in New Rochelle, New York, the studio produced over one thousand films that were seen by audiences around the world. Set against a backdrop of Thomas A. Edison and his Motion Picture Patients Trust companies who dominated the industry, the story plays out in New York, Florida and California. Narrated by grandson Ned Thanhouser, it reconstructs the forgotten history of the studio, its founders, actors, and technicians. The story is told with archival footage and images combined with interviews of internationally recognized film scholars and authors. It is a compelling story of fame and fortune, twisted by the vagaries of fate and ending on a bittersweet note.