Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in September. Full details here.  The Foundation also produces RearView Doc Fest on a weekend in April.  More here.

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Marie Dressler House

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The history of the Marie Dressler House is here.  It is now the home of the Interactive Marie Dressler Museum.  Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

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Because of the Covid-19 virus crisis, as a precaution the Museum will be closed until furthe rnotice. Future hours in 2020 and later will be indicated here.

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News about the Activities of the Marie Dressler Foundation

The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is of paramount importance to Marie Dressler Foundation.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have considered the risks inherent for the community in moving ahead with RearView DocFest as planned.

Regrettably, we see no choice but to announce the cancellation of RearView DocFest.

Not only is this a disappointment for you, our patrons, but particularly disappointing for the many dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare an engaging event.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be contacted within the next few days.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely going forward, and assessing the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year.

Please continue to check this website for news in the coming months.

Rick Miller
President and Chair
Marie Dressler Foundation

 

Marie Dressler Foundation is planning an expansion of the museum at Dressler House to include sections for the other two Canadian female Oscar winners: Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer and at the Council Meeting on 13 January 2020, the team working on this gave a progress report.  Toronto University agreed to offer the project to students in their Master program for Museum Studies and 5 students accepted: Michelle Wright, Enya Barbeau, Karen Cheung, Natalie Heaton and Emma Myers.  They presented a brief overview of what the museum will look like and talked about the great access they had to experts who are knowledgeable about the two stars plus thousands of artifacts – mostly photographs and film clips.  It appears that this will be the first museum dedicated to these Oscar winners so the artifacts will have a home.

Saturday November 9, 2019 was Marie Dressler’s 151st birthday and we celebrated it.  After an introduction by Town Crier Mandy Robinson, foundation chair Rick Miller presented the documentary Without Lying Down which is about women in early Hollywood who were very successful. The film focused particularly on screenwriter Frances Marion and her close friend Mary Pickford. Rick then briefly spoke about the Foundation’s plans to expand the existing Marie Dressler museum to include female Canadian stars Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer.  He also called on Mayor John Henderson to draw the ticket for the winner of the first of three door prizes.  After the event, the good-sized audience in the Citizen’s Forum in Victoria Hall were invited to enjoy the refreshments.

Below are some photos of the event.  Click any photo to enlarge then scroll through all of them.

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Mayor John HendersonOn October 7, 2019, Mayor John Henderson of the Town of Cobourg, proclaimed Saturday, November 9, 2019 as "Marie Dressler Celebration Day" in the Town of Cobourg.

Mayor Henderson (photo right) encouraged Citizens to visit Marie Dressler Museum to discover Marie's remarkable story and also invited them to attend a special Marie Dressler birthday event on that day.

Download the official Proclamation here.

 

At Monday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting, Marie Dressler Foundation (MDF) chair Rick Miller presented plans to expand the existing Museum at Dressler house to include two other Canadian female Oscar winners: Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer.  Rick said that he had firm commitments from partners in the venture who would supply material for the museum and assist with marketing.  To proceed, Rick wanted the Town to revise the existing lease from just a part of Dressler House to include the entire building.  After some debate, Councillors approved a revised lease and a bylaw implementing the lease was approved at their meeting on 9 September, 2019.