The Norman Studios will screen two films at the Jacksonville Main Library:
The Flying Ace
The Flying Ace: Norman’s most famous silent film, shot in Jacksonville’s historic Old Arlington and Mayport areas. The Flying Acestars Laurence Criner as Capt. Billy Stokes, a World War I pilot who returns home and resumes his former job as a railroad detective; and Kathryn Boyd as Ruth Sawtelle, the beautiful daughter of the railroad station master. Having valiantly served his country in war and returning a hero, Stokes must again prove the hero by solving the mystery of a missing payroll agent and a satchel holding $25,000 and saving Ruth’s life in a fiery air drama.
Hollywood East: Florida’s Silent Film Legacy: This half-hour documentary was produced by filmmakers Nadia Ramoutar and Steph Borlkund with help from film students at the Art Institute of Jacksonville. Learn how the top motion picture producers of the day came to reside in Northeast Florida and why they left for the East Coast. Here in Jacksonville, it boils down to a bar scene-gone-wild, a mayoral candidate with an agenda, a fiercely protective patent owner whose name you definitely know!
A discussion of Jacksonville’s film history will follow the screenings. This event is free and open to the public.