On this Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Giving, we’re asking you to help support the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum Inc. and its mission to educate the public on the significance of race films and the contribution of silent films to the development of “moving pictures” which are so vital to modern society.
NSSFM is continuing its quest to use this National Historic Landmark as the catalyst to revitalize Arlington by creating an international film attraction. This circa 1920’s logo is our prototype for developing a modern, interactive Silent Film History Center within the picturesque buildings.
Delayed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, construction on the museum finally began in October. The City of Jacksonville has earmarked several million dollars for the development of the complex through various funding methods.
Meanwhile, NSSFM is building partnerships to fund exhibits, estimated at approximately $1,000,000. Of course, donations are always appreciated., especially during this unprecedented year, when most of our entrepreneurial activities are still on hiatus. Next year we will continue our interrupted sixth season of screening silent films for Silent Sundays at Hotel Indigo. We are doing Zoom activities with partners, locally and beyond.
Or you may prefer to send a check to PO Box 8039, Jacksonville, FL 32239
All donations to Norman Studios Silent Film Inc. are tax exempt.
We are always seeking new members. Memberships in Norman Studios would make a thoughtful and unique gift to those on your gift list this holiday season.
Please share our preview of Norman Studios stories with family and friends:
- The central narrative tells how Richard Norman set the stage for his race film studio to become an early civil rights site. What are race films? Why were they necessary? Why is race film still so relevant a century later? Why did the City of Jacksonville save a derelict silent film studio?
- An animatronic Richard Norman will challenge visitors to figure out how they can help implement the mission of commemorating Richard and the black actors and crew who defied Jim Crow laws and prejudice to make films that inspired their black audiences.
- THE FLYING ACE exhibit tells the tragic story of how Bessie Coleman inspired this very successful film, and leads to an exploration of black flyers.
- The Film Center includes stories about how Jacksonville became the Winter Film Capital of the World and how we lost our status as the “First Hollywood.”
- A Selfies Movie Booth will allow visitors to star in their own films, and watch them on the big screen in the Rush Room.
- Other exhibits explore the history of filmmaking and the technological advances that created the industry.
Follow our progress on the website, and feel free to ask questions and make suggestions.
With appreciation to our loyal fans and donors, from all our members and volunteers.
Rita Reagan, President
Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, Inc.