The Silent Moviedrome-Road to The Rising
Between 1910 and 1915 New York's O'Kalem Film Company produced almost thirty films dealing with Ireland and Irish subjects.
As part of Road to The Rising enjoy a rare opportunity to view the earliest series of fiction films made here and shot on both sides of the Atlantic.
With thanks to the IFI Irish Film Archive.
The 'O'Kalems' was the affectionate name given to members of New York's Kalem Film Company, primarily Gene Gauntier and Sidney Olcott, who between 1910-1915 produced almost thirty films dealing with Ireland and Irish subjects.
The O'Kalem Company made history by producing not only the earliest series of fiction films made in Ireland, but also the first films to be shot on both sides of the Atlantic. The majority of these were filmed in and around Killarney Co. Kerry, making extensive use of the dramatic landscape and using locals as extras.
The O'Kalem Collection (1910-1915) brings together for the first time on DVD the surviving 8 films of the series. They have been gathered by the IFI Irish Film Archive from archives in Ireland, the US and Europe and are presented here with new musical scores.