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The Canadian Cult Review 'Lost' Films

Presented by the Lost Dominion Screening Collective and featuring music by the Hilotrons!

The Canadian Cult Revue presents its second live music screening of the season with a selection of historically significant ‘lost films’ (well, nearly lost...) from the collection of Library and Archives Canada (LAC).  Most  of the films are silent shorts from the 1920’s, and will be projected from brand new 35mm prints created at LAC’s film conservation facilities in Gatineau.

To start off the evening, we’re showing a 1946 newsreel featuring many stories from the local area, including: a spectacular fire in Hull that destroyed the interprovincial bridge; the famous Dionne Quintuplets in Grade Five; Barbara Ann Scott at a skating championship; and, a spy ring uncovered by the RCMP. Then, local favourites the Hilotrons will play newly-composed soundtracks to our selection of silent short films with fascinating subjects such as: wireless telephony, preventing tooth decay, and graphite mining in Calabogie (seriously, they’re good!).

We will also be playing a reel from The Man From Glengarry (1922), also accompanied by The Hilotrons. The film, a spectacular silent feature shot in Ottawa in the early 1920s by director Henry Macrae, concerns a blood feud between the leaders of rival logging camps along the Ottawa River.  This reel is one of only two that remain in existence.

Finally, we will be showing a surprise film from Expo 67, one not screened in public since the legendary World’s Fair that helped celebrate Canada’s centennial year. This bonus film has been newly restored through the wonders of digital technology, recompiled from its original elements. Not to be missed.

    – Lost Dominion Screening Collective

This screening is part of the Canadian Cult Revue film series at the ByTowne, presented by the Lost Dominion Screening Collective.

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