Did you know that for a brief period, Chicago was the center of the US Film industry? In the early 20th century, Uptown became a prototype for Beverly Hills, full of world-famous film stars and even attracting Charlie Chaplin to Essanay Studios.
Adam Selzer and Michael Glover Smith are the authors of the first book on this forgotten chapter of local history, Flickering Empire. Their lively presentation features a book talk, screenings of some very rare silent shorts from the early history of Chicago filmmaking and a Q & A session.
Sponsored by the Ravenswood Lake View Historical Association.