The Marie Dressler Foundation was established in 1989 to restore and preserve the house where Marie Dressler is believed to have been born. The Foundation, led by Bob Amsbury and Bill Patchett, raised about $400,000 to buy and repair the building, which now houses the Marie Dressler Museum and Cobourg's Tourism and Community Development Departments.
Having restored the building, the Foundation convened a committee to organize a festival of Marie Dressler films to show the community why Dressler occupies a unique place in film history. The festival has continued in the following years and now shows films featuring Dressler's contemporaries. More on Marie Dressler. The Vintage Film Festival continues to be organized by a sub-committee of the Marie Dressler Foundation as a fund-raising event. Apart from keeping the memory of Marie Dressler alive, the Foundation provides scholarships to Students in West Northumberland who are planning further education in the arts. Go to the separate site for Marie Dressler and the Foundation for more details.
Festival costs are not covered by ticket revenue - continued funding depends on the generous support of our Sponsors.
This year, the entire Festival will be at Port Hope's Historic Capitol Theatre starting on Friday with a bonus film followed by a Reception. (Venue location map here).
Marie Dressler Foundation
212 King Street West
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Vintage Film Festival
c/o Marie Dressler Foundation
P.O. Box 673 Cobourg,
Cobourg, ON K9A 4R5
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|Film Program||Terry Foord|
| Recording Secretary
|Corresponding Secretary||Leslie Benson|
| Printed Program Chair
|Promotion and Publicity Coordinators||George Atto, Alma Draper, Ross Pigeau|
| Fundraising Chair
|Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Chair||Michael Hanlon|
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