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June 17 @ 11:30 am

Playing in the CCA Studio

Presented as part of the first annual Public Domain Day at the Center for Contemporary Arts

June 17: Program screens at 11:30am, 5:30pm

US Copyright Law protects creative property for a almost full century, but on January 1, 2024 films from the year 1928 moved into the public domain. CCA celebrates these important pieces of cinematic history all day on Monday June 17th with our first ever Public Domain Day!


Steamboat Willie (8min, directed by Walt Disney & Ub Iwerks) – Disney’s Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation. The first film starring Mickey Mouse to be released with synchronized sound, it threw silent animation into obsolescence and launched an empire. Previously, there had been little to distinguish Disney’s cartoons from those of his competitors. He was facing bankruptcy when director Alan Crosland’s film The Jazz Singer—with long sequences of song and dialogue—took the United States by storm in 1927. Sensing that movies with sound meant big business, Disney decided to stake all on his talking mouse.

L’étoile de mer (The Starfish) (15.5 mins, directed by Man Ray) – Based on a short poem and longer scenario, both written by Robert Desnos, the film depicts a couple (played by Alice Prin, a.k.a. “Kiki”, and André de la Rivière) acting through scenes that are shot out of focus, and with Desnos himself as the second man in the final scene. Almost all of the scenes in this film are either shot off a mirror or use a gelatin dry-plate process to achieve the effect of textured glass and render the spectral images of the film like a drawing or rudimentary painting.

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (14 min, directed by Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich) – A wannabe movie star experiences the surreal horrors of dehumanization at the bottom of Hollywood’s social ladder as his hopes for success vanish and his identity is reduced to a number.

Ghosts Before Breakfast (9 min, directed by Hans Richter) – A German dadaist animated short that utilizes stop motion for some of its effects and live action for others. Several dreamers explore an elaborate world full of strange, random and confusing images as they wander being their own reality and a world of animated wonders.

The Little Match Girl (31.5 mins, directed by Jean Renoir) – An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame

Running Time: 1 hr. 18 min.


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

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