**Correction/update to the guest speaker for the Third Thursday Lecture**
In honor of Black History Month, the February program will feature a lecture by Devan Lesley, Norman Studios Co-Chair. Devan Lesley will show a documentary and discuss Jacksonville’s silent film history and its unique contribution to African-American cinema. Hollywood East: Florida’s Silent Film Legacy explores how the top motion picture producers of the day came to reside in Northeast Florida and why they left for the West Coast.
"Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921, the Norman Studios was among the nation's first to produce "race films" starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles.
"On the Norman Studios site, some of the first films featuring all African-American casts were produced more than a century ago. This five-building complex is the sole studio remnant of Jacksonville's heyday as the Winter Film Capital of the World..." (www.normanstudios.org)
Third Thursday Lecture
February 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Mandarin Community Club building
(12447 Mandarin Road, 32223)
The Third Thursday Lecture Series, a joint offering of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, are conducted on a quarterly basis. Programs are held at the Mandarin Community Club. All programs remain open to the public and are free of charge; donations are welcome.
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