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 father.
JANE offers glimpses of soldiers on parade at the then-newly built Fort Winfield 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 September after a 24-year absence.
The evening’s program also includes an introduction to the Presidio’s rich early film history and background on the film’s restoration.
Presented with the
San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the
Photo Credit: EYE Film Museum