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Marie Dressler Birthday Invitation
Please join us at Victoria Hall Citizens Forum on Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 pm for the celebration of Marie Dressler's 149th Birthday.

You will be treated to a short documentary produced by Marie Dressler Foundation in association with the University of Toronto.

The documentary focuses on the community engagement and enthusiasm that resulted in the creation of Marie Dressler Museum, Canada's newest interactive heritage museum.

Refreshments will include "Marie Dressler Butter Tarts" from Dutch Oven, along with tea, coffee, etc.

Following the refreshment break, you are invited to watch one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, "Tillie Wakes Up", made in 1917, and 46 minutes in length.


On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Marie Dressler Foundation presented five students with certificates and cheques for $1500. As well as the four bursaries for Northumberland high school students who are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts, this year an additional award was made: the Canada 150 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award. This is to honour the community service by Bill Patchett and was made to a student who showed exceptional community devotion.  The Vintage Film Festival is the primary source of Funds for the Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that Bill O'Meara and Jordan Klapman will return as pianists for our 2017 program.   The silents that they will accompany will be Tillie's Punctured Romance  from 1914, to be shown on October 15,  and a pair of very early movies: Manhattan Madness (1916) and Confidence (1909).  These will screen on October 14.  More information about the pianists is available on the program page here

We are also able to announce that Geoff Pevere will be the speaker at our Brown Bag Lunch on October 15.   Geoff is a critic, author, lecturer and festival programmer. A former movie critic with The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, he is currently the Program Director of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.

Tickets will go on sale on June 1st and will be available at the Victoria Hall Box Office, the Capitol Theatre Box Office and online on this site.

Cathie Houston, VFF chair and Chris Worsnop, member of Doc Fest committee were interviewed on Northumberland 89.7FM on April 19, 2017 and spoke about the festival and provided some background information.

Listen here.



Fifty vintage documentary films that show Canadians at work and at play, at war and in peace are featured in the two-day RearView Doc Fest at Cobourg's 60-seat Loft Theatre April 29 and 30.

RearView – a Vintage Film Festival project to help commemorate Canada's 150th. Birthday – is screening the films free in eight two-hour sessions, each with its own theme derived from a phrase in our national anthem.

The committee organizing the docfest reviewed more than 150 vintage short documentaries from the National Film Board, the CBC and McNally & Robinson.

Although tickets are not yet available, we are pleased to announce that in keeping with this year’s celebration of Canada’s 150th year, the 2017 Vintage Film Festival program will feature Canadian Film greats – from stars Mary Pickford, to Marie Dressler, to Glenn Ford to Directors Max Sennett and Norman Jewison and more. There will be 12 Films from Friday October 13 through Sunday October 15 – plus a bonus film on Friday for Weekend and Gala pass holders.

Full program details are now online here.