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Murder, Mayhem, Mystery & the Birth of Motion Pictures

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August 27, 2020 ∙ 7:00 - 8:00pm
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Add to Calendar 2020-08-27 19:00:00 2020-08-27 20:00:00 America/Chicago Murder, Mayhem, Mystery & the Birth of Motion Pictures Travel back 120 years to the birth of motion pictures with film enthusiast Craig Pierce. Signup in Zoom required. external tplibrary@tplibrary.org

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It's a tale filled with international intrigue, mechanical marvels, fabulous flops, and a bit of murder and mystery, too. See rare clips of the earliest motion pictures and learn how such inventors as Edison and the Lumiere Brothers established the path that leads to today's dazzling blockbusters.


Craig Pierce Bio:
Presentations combine many of Craig Pierce’s favorite interests: a passion for supporting public libraries, a keen interest in 1880s-1930s America, an enthusiasm for research and a desire to chat with an interested audience. Craig has shared the following programs with dozens of libraries across northern Illinois:

·         Christy Mathewson: The Tragic, Remarkable Life of America’s First Sports Hero

·         Berlin 1936: Hitler’s Games vs. America’s Heroes

·         Without a Mask: Hockey’s Daredevil Goalies

·         Murder, Mayhem, Mystery and the Birth of Motion Pictures

·         Lewis Hine: America’s Most Important Photographer

Craig has worked in marketing and programming with Genoa Public Library, St. Charles Public Library and Clarendon Hills Public Library. He currently works for the Village of South Elgin and lives in St. Charles, Illinois with his wife and two children.

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