Our 2016 Western New York Movie Expo will include classic silent-era movies, early talkies, animation, short subjects, and documentaries on Hollywood and film makers.

Take a look!


Special guests and presentations ~

Nicholas of Myra – A special presentation by Gerald Hartke, the film’s writer-director. The origins of many of our age-old traditions are woven together like never before in this dramatic and layered tale that, until now, has been lost to the lore that replaced it for nearly two hundred years. This true story of St. Nicholas does not undo the cherished myth we all grew up with, but instead reinforces the hope and kindness it kindled within us as children. Made in Buffalo, New York, this movie is scheduled for a December 2016 release.

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In the Zone with Rod Serling – Sponsored by The Rod Serling Archive Bundy Museum of History and Art, and hosted by Michael Pipher, archivist and historian. A 90-minute presentation on the life and career of Rod Serling, combining film and videos, including rare photos of Serling growing up in Binghamton, NY; a look at Serling the war hero; Serling’s Golden Age of Television series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), The Loner (Civil War series running 1965-1966), and The Night Gallery (1969-1973); Serling movie projectds such as Planet of the Apes (1968); game shows, and more. Rod Serling won six Emmy Awards for dramatic writing on TV, a Peabody Award, a Sylvania Award, and many other honors.

Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury Tribute – Life-long friends, these two men have left an indelible imprint on science-fiction and fantasy history!

Film-maker Denise Costa will show her documentary on child stars, Growing Up With Hollywood. The 60-minute film gives a history of the child stars from the silent era to the inception of television, and features interviews with some of these child stars including 1920s silent-screen star Baby Peggy.

Writer Robert L. Harned, author of Sally Phipps: Silent Film Star, will introduce his mother Sally Phipps’ silent film Why Sailors Go Wrong (1928). He will also sign copies of his book.

Jeff Rapsis will accompany several silent movies, including Chaney’s The Unknown, Valley of the Giants, and D.W. Griffith shorts.

Animation restoration specialist Steve Stanchfield will give a presentation on preserving vintage cartoons.


Features from Both the Silent Era and Talkies ~

Stand and Deliver (1928) – Kodascope print from the Carey Collection. DeMille production directed by Donald Crisp.

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The Bells (1926) – Starring Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff, from a beautiful 35mm pre-print.

The Girl From Chicago (1927) – From the Atkinson Collection, starring Myrna Loy.

Why Sailors Go Wrong (1928) – Kodascope from the Denis Carey collection, great comedy-adventure!

The Big Contender (1932) – A pre-code boxing drama starring Ben Lyon, Thelma Todd, and Constance Cummings.

Criminal Lawyer (1937) – Starring Lee Tracy, directed by William Christy Cabanne.

Lady and Gent (1932) – Starring George Bancroft, Wynne Gibson, Charles Starrett, John Wayne, and Jimmy Gleason.

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Meet the Wildcat (1940) – A screwball comedy starring Ralph Bellamy and Margaret Lindsay.

Madame Racketeer (1932) – Starring Allison Skipworth as a supreme con-artist, co-starring George Raft and Richard Bennett.

Powdersmoke Range (1935) – Starring Harry Carey, Hoot Gibson, Tom Tyler, Bob Steele, Guinn Williams, Wally Wales, and more.

Waterfront Lady (1935) – Starring Ann Rutherford, Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, and Barbara Pepper.

Passport to Alcatraz (1940) – Jack Holt as an undercover agent versus saboteurs.

The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) – Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in a funny send-up of Arsenic and Old Lace.

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Violent Playground (1957) – Film noir, with David McCallum of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV series.

Perils of Pauline – Stunning I.B.Tech print of the silent era bio-pic on Pearl White with great guest stars!

Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd features to be announced soon.

Thief of Bagdad (1939) – Beautiful I.B. tech print from the Atkinson Collection.

Laurel and Hardy restorations and rarities.

The Jungle Book – A beautiful I.B.Tech print.

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Stagecoach (1939) – This classic western was the first to use Monument Valley as a location. We’ve got the personal print of Merian C. Cooper, drinking buddy and best friend of the movie’s director John Ford.


Music on Film – Assorted “soundies” and music shorts as well as early television from jazz to country.


Rare early television, including ~

Telephone Time, “The Vestris” (Feb. 25, 1958) – Drama starring Boris Karloff.

The Danny Kaye Show (Dec. 15, 1965) – Danny Kaye’s hilarious send-up of Bride of Frankenstein as a comic musical with Vincent Price!

Early TV shows featuring Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and others.

Vaudeville and Music Hall greats from Smith and Dale, Burns and Allen to animal acts and jugglers!