Thomas Edison NHP News Release
For Immediate Release
THOMAS EDISON AND MOTION PICTURES- JULY 2014
Learn about the innovations in motion picture technology that were developed at Thomas Edison's laboratory. Take a guided walk of the laboratory and learn about movie technology that transformed human communication.
Come join us and learn about what Thomas Edison was doing in the motion picture industry. Make your own short 30 second movie using IPads and stop motion photography. See how your movies compare to some of Thomas Edison's early 30 second movies. This is a children's event with parent or guardian supervision.
Lights! Camera! Edison! is an overview of Thomas Edison's role in the birth of motion pictures here in West Orange and his 30-year career in the movie business. This presentation will feature glimpses of Edison's earliest experimental films and never-seen images of Edison movie-making now stored in the vaults of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
Edward Wirth is an archivist at Thomas Edison National Historical Park and has worked with the Park's Historical Photograph Collection for 27 years. He is the author of Thomas Edison in West Orange (Arcadia, 2008) a photographic collection that documents Edison's work at his last and greatest laboratory. Mr. Wirth holds master's degrees in history and library science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Special program in July:
With MONO NO AWARE
Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m.
MONO NO AWARE is a cinema arts non-profit organization based in Brooklyn New York. The group organizes an annual festival presenting films on celluloid film only. Throughout the year they host traveling filmmakers in a screenings series CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA with the presenting filmmakers in person for conversation with the audience. MONO NO AWARE rents traditional filmmaking equipment to the public, and leads educational initiatives year round that teach analogue filmmaking techniques with the support of other local film organizations: DiJiFi, FilmBiz, and Brooklyn Arts Council. - www.mononoawarefilm.com
Did You Know?
Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”