Ever wondered what the first forray into film looked like? Motion pictures, that is… You can turn curiosity into knowledge at the Indiana Historical Society this Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 12pm. The films featured rarely see the light of day accompanied by a fascinating exploration of the early development of motion pictures by noted local expert, Eric Grayson. Indianapolis-based Grayson has been an active film collector, preservationist and historian for 20+ years. The Hoosier Chapter of the Victorian Society in America is sponsoring this exciting presentation. Cost is free to HVSA members and $10 for non-members.

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His personal collection of 16mm and 35mm films numbers more than 300 features in addition to scores of shorts, cartoons, trailers and of course, the vintage projection equipment necessary to run these historic films. His collection and expertise have been called upon by well known entities such as A & E and specialty groups in Scotland, Finland and throughout the United States. Even the IMA occasionally calls upon Grayson to run film screenings. You may also recognize his name from one of his guest blog posts relating to film for the IMA’s blog.

His devoted local following have recently been treated to a series called “Vintage Movie Nights,” offered at the Garfield Park Arts Center and these monthly films continue through November.

September 17, you may catch “Made For Each Other,” starring Indiana’s beloved Carole Lombard and Jimmy Stewart will play and on October 15, a special double feature of
“The Invisible Man” and “The Invisible Man Returns” will take center stage. (For younger audiences who loved “Titanic” you may recall hearing that “Old Rose,” Gloria Stuart starred in that 1933 version of “The Invisible Man.” For more complete information, check out the Garfield Park Arts Center website at


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