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Annual Christmas Talent Show

Annual Christmas Talent Show

Thursday, December 14
6:30 pm

White Tree Productions Studio 

2775 Howard St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

Potluck dinner
  • Please bring a side dish or dessert. Soda and coffee provided.
    (Bring your own beverage if you prefer something else.)
Member Performances & Karaoke
  • Performances by some of our members
    Projects products by our members for sale

Meeting Cost: $5  (First time guests and current members are free.)
All Are Welcome!

Plan to come out for a fun evening!

Other Film Alliance News


President’s Message

December & Beyond

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. As you know, this coming Thursday is the last meeting of 2017. It is also our talent show which highlights our members’ projects or goals for the year. As of this date I have received one presentation and the promise of another.

At our last meeting those present (18 to be exact) wanted to continue Film Alliance into 2018. However as hard as I try, it isn’t looking good. I am meeting with WJ sometime this week to get his thoughts. Along with all of the holiday festivities, I do hope you will make an attempt to attend our Christmas meeting this coming Thursday.

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Screenwriting Group Meeting

Next Screenwriting Meeting:

Tuesday, December 19th
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,
Location: CDA, details provided with your RSVP
RSVP to: Meeting Facilitator Robert Johnson  208-772-9838  (No texting available)
$5 (Free to members and first time guests.)

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The Rise of the Studio – Selig Polyscope

Parts 14 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

willam-selig William Nicholas Selig was born on March 14, 1864 and raised in Chicago in a Bohemian-Polish immigrant family. After starting as a furniture upholsterer, he worked as a vaudeville performer and produced a traveling minstrel show in San Francisco while still in his late teens. Selig saw Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope at an exhibition in Dallas, Texas and returned home to Chicago. He opened a small photography studio and began investigating how he might make his own moving pictures without paying a patent fee to Edison’s company. Together with his machinist, were able to build their own camera, the Selig Standard Camera.

In 1896, Selig founded the Selig Polyscope Company in Chicago, which was one of the first motion picture studios in America. He began making actuality shorts, travelogues

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The Fall of the Studio – Essanay Film Company

Parts 13 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

Marguerite ClaytonIt took over a year for the decline inside Essanay to cause its doors to close. It wasn’t any one thing that caused the problem, but a multitude. Marguerite Clayton, Broncho Billy Anderson’s leading lady left for the Chicago studio. Spoor continued to not allow Anderson to make feature films in Niles. Roy Clements who had directed the Snakeville Comedies left for Los Angeles. Victor Potel went with him. Roy was replaced by Wallace Beery. victor potel

With the departure of studio’s biggest moneymaker, Chaplin, Essanay signed French comedian Max Linder. His clever pantomime was often compared to Chaplin’s. Linder failed to match Chaplin’s popularity in America.

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CDA Press Features Film Alliance Project

‘Slammin’ the Scammin’

Crystal Reiber slammed down the phone, exhaled heavily and shook her head in dismay.
“Scammers,” she said under her breath.

Although the disgust with telephone scammers was feigned for a video shoot Tuesday afternoon,

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General Meeting

Next General Meeting

Thursday, December 14
6:30 pm
White Tree Studio
(Steve Wyttree’s Studio)
2775 Howard Street, CDA

Please RSVP now to:
Meeting Cost: $5  (First time guests and current members are free.)
All Are Welcome!

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General Meetings

General meetings are open to the public, and held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Times rotate: 6:30 pm / 11:30 am.
Meeting announcements, including guest speaker, location and time, are posted HERE.
Please RSVP for all general meetings to:
Cost: $5.00 (First-time guests and current members are free. Renew today!)
Locations change, so please watch for updates!

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