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Film + Talk: Jane's Declaration of Independence

Saturday, Oct 19, 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM At Presidio Theatre Offered by:

 Presidio Trust

The earliest surviving theatrical film shot in the Presidio, this 1915 two-reeler (approx. 20 minutes) was long believed lost. It was recently rediscovered and given a meticulous restoration by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, including a recreation of the film’s original color tinting. Emphasizing themes of female independence and the esteem due to the men serving in the armed forces, the plot involves a strong-willed young woman (Agnes Vernon) who defies her father in order to marry a soldier (Hobart Henly) instead of the well-to-do suitor preferred by her parents.


JANE offers glimpses of soldiers on parade at the then-newly built Fort Scott and other rare views of the Presidio from a century ago. This world premiere screening of the new restoration, featuring live musical accompaniment, will take place in the beautifully renovated Presidio Theatre, re-opening to the public in the fall after a 24-year absence.


The evening’s program includes an introduction to the Presidio’s rich early film history and background on the film’s restoration.


Presented in association with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Presidio Theatre.