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PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR

As our annual March Donation Drive comes to a close, we want to remind you that it’s not too late to send in a contribution and show your appreciation for the efforts of our hardworking volunteers. This is the time of year when we ask Fairbanks fans and silent film enthusiasts around the world to assist us in keeping his legacy alive.

Let us pause for a moment to consider a world without “Doug”.

If it weren’t for Douglas Fairbanks, the history of cinema may have been written very differently indeed.

We have Mr. Fairbanks to thank for giving independent film producers power over the production and distribution of their own films with the creation of United Artists in 1919. We can give our thanks to him for ensuring long-term health care and housing for elderly members of the industry with the Motion Picture Relief Fund and Hospital in 1921. Thanks to Fairbanks’ efforts to found the nation’s first film school at USC in 1929, young and aspiring filmmakers can learn their craft in universities around the world today. We can also thank him for helping to found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who have brought us the Oscars every year since 1927. And above all, we have to thank him for giving us all those wonderful films which continue to inspire and influence us.

Now, let us stop for a moment to consider a world without the Douglas Fairbanks Museum (perish the thought!):

Had it not been for the Douglas Fairbanks Museum over these past 11 years, Doug’s fans, cinema scholars, and silent film enthusiasts would have no other place on earth to learn about his immense contribution to movie history.

Anyone looking for biographical information, research materials, photographs, copies of his films, or answers to questions about Mr. Fairbanks have come here to find what they were looking for. Our educational programs, workshops, lectures, film screenings, free web resources and virtual online galleries, news blog, books and other publications all provide a valuable service to the community of movie lovers everywhere.

We hope to continue providing these services in the future, but we can’t do it without your financial support.

With the economy as it is, small museums like ours need your help now more than ever. Nonprofits, educational institutions, libraries and museums across America are seeing our annual donations plummet to record lows, and many of us are being forced to cut back on programs and staff, or face permanent closure.

The Douglas Fairbanks Museum has been particularly hard hit by the financial crisis, as we are still trying to recover from the flood damage which forced us to close our doors last year. Over the past quarter, the amount of financial contributions from individuals and businesses who have been our strongest supporters has dropped significantly due to the unstable economy, but we are hoping to get a much-needed boost from our spring donation drive this year.

Since the museum presently does not have a physical location for our annual film screening during the annual donation drive, we’ve decided to get a little bit creative and try doing the annual fundraiser online this year.

We very much hope you enjoyed our first annual Free Online Fairbanks Film Festival and this special month-long presentation of Douglas Fairbanks – The Great Swashbuckler, a full-length documentary on his life and work. Produced in 2005 by Delta Entertainment with assistance from the Douglas Fairbanks Museum, the film features rare artifacts from our archives and on-camera interviews with Hollywood Forever’s Annette Lloyd, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Douglas Fairbanks Museum curator Keri Leigh.

DVD Cover for Douglas Fairbanks - The Great Swashbuckler documentary

DVD Cover for “Douglas Fairbanks – The Great Swashbuckler” documentary

This documentary film is now out of print commercially on DVD (although used copies can still be obtained through Amazon.com, Ebay, and in the Museum Gift Shop), so our March film festival offered Fairbanks fans and silent film enthusiasts a rare opportunity to learn more about his life and legacy online here — and it was all presented for free – no admission fee at the box office!

We hope you enjoyed this month-long tribute to Douglas Fairbanks, and please don’t forget that our dedicated staff and volunteers make it all possible. Without their efforts, we would not have been able to make it through the storm (and the subsequent damage to our building), nor would we be able to continue making our collections available to the public while our doors remain temporarily closed.

Without YOU, a new library and exhibit space may not be in our future. We really do need your help now as we continue to rebuild. So please show your support for silent film, as well as your appreciation for Douglas Fairbanks and the many dedicated individuals who keep his museum going with a financial contribution today!

Your financial support helps us achieve our mission, enables us to acquire new artifacts, and to provide the very best care and conservation for our existing collections. As these items are now approaching or over 100 years of age, they need increasing amounts of attention and preservation.

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.


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We now conclude our 2009 March Donation Drive and month-long Fairbanks online film festival with the final episode from “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 9 explores the last days of Douglas Fairbanks: his constant jetsetting with new wife Lady Sylvia Ashley, his return to California and contemplation of a “comeback” in films; movie projects he was working on which remained unfinished due to his rapidly declining health.

This segment also reports on Fairbanks’ financial woes in his final days, and his 12-year legal battle with the IRS over back taxes that kept him fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court…and until his very last breath in 1939.

Towards the end of his life, Fairbanks Sr. and Jr. finally found pleasure in each other’s company after a lifetime of mutual avoidance — this segment explores their troubled relationship and reconciliation. Historians discuss Fairbanks’ many written works (newspaper columns, magazine articles, books, screenplays), remakes of Fairbanks films, his lasting legacy as the screen’s first great swashbuckler, his influence on later action-adventure stars such as Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Gene Kelly, Mel Gibson, and Johnny Depp — and why Douglas Fairbanks still matters today.

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

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Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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Throughout the month of March, we’ll be featuring a 9-part online film festival on the life of Douglas Fairbanks as part of our Spring Donation Drive. Continuing with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 8 continues from Pt. 7 with the onscreen pairing of Fairbanks and Pickford in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” (1929), a project which widened the growing rift between these two great stars and signaled the beginning of the end for Hollywood’s first power couple. Tells the story of Doug’s affair with Lady Sylvia Ashley and Mary Pickford’s quiet romance with Charles “Buddy” Rogers. (They would both marry their respective partners soonafter the Pickford/Fairbanks divorce was finalized in 1936.) Also explores Fairbanks’ talking pictures in the 1930s: “Reaching for the Moon,” (his only musical with music by Irving Berlin and a cameo by Bing Crosby), the 1931 travelogue “Around the World With Douglas Fairbanks,” 1932’s “Mr. Robinson Crusoe,” and Alexander Korda’s “The Private Life of Don Juan” (1934), which would be his final film.

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Douglas Fairbanks Documentary Pt. 8 -…“, posted with vodpod

 

 

Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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Throughout the month of March, we’ll be exploring the life of Douglas Fairbanks with a 9-part online film festival as part of our Spring Donation Drive. Continuing this week with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 7 continues from Pt. 6 with the story of Fairbanks’ efforts to found the nation’s very first school of film at the University of Southern California. Also explores the coming of sound technology to the motion picture industry and how “the talkies” affected his career. Film historians discuss Fairbanks’ early sound films such as “The Iron Mask,” his 1928 sequel to “The Three Musketeers,” 1930’s “Reaching for the Moon,” (his only musical), the 1931 travelogue “Around the World With Douglas Fairbanks,” 1932’s “Mr. Robinson Crusoe,” and a lengthy examination of his only on-screen pairing with wife Mary Pickford in William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” (1929).

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Douglas Fairbanks Documentary Pt. 7 -…“, posted with vodpod

 

 

 

Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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We continue our 2009 March donation drive and online film festival with an excerpt from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 6 examines Fairbanks’ reign as Hollywood’s First King. At the peak of his popularity, Fairbanks progressed into even bigger and more daring productions such as his masterpiece, “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). Also explores “Don Q. – Son of Zorro,” the 1925 sequel to his first Zorro film, “The Black Pirate,” (1926) a brilliant swashbuckler shot entirely in Technicolor, and his risky foray into gritty realism with 1927’s “The Gaucho.”

In this segment, film historians discuss Doug’s role as the father of action-adventure films and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how some of his greatest onscreen stunts were actually performed. Also explores Fairbanks’ part in founding Hollywood institutions such as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the nation’s first film school at the University of Southern California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, his role as the Academy’s first president, and host of the very first Oscars in 1929.

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Douglas Fairbanks Documentary Pt. 6 -…“, posted with vodpod

 

 

Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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We continue our month-long March donation drive and online film festival focusing on the life of Douglas Fairbanks with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 5 explores Fairbanks’ transisition from comedic actor to action star. His reign as the movies’ great swashbuckler began with 1920’s “The Mark of Zorro” (the first Zorro film), and continued with his role as D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers” (1921) and “Robin Hood” (1922), which featured the largest sets Hollywood had ever seen. In this segment, film historians discuss Doug’s role as the father of action-adventure films and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how some of his greatest onscreen stunts were actually performed. Also provides information on the film debut of his son, 16 year-old Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in 1923.

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Douglas Fairbanks Documentary Pt. 5 -…“, posted with vodpod

 

 

Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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During our annual spring donation drive, we’re featuring a free online film festival for you to enjoy! We continue our month-long series on the life of Douglas Fairbanks with another episode from the 2005 documentary film, “The Great Swashbuckler,” produced by Delta Entertainment with the assistance of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.

Pt. 4 continues the story of Doug and Mary Pickford’s secret romance which culminated in divorces from their respective spouses and finally, a much-anticipated wedding in 1920. Examines the fabled Pickford-Fairbanks marriage and everyday life at their world-famous Beverly Hills home, “Pickfair.” Also discusses the formation of United Artists, which Fairbanks founded in 1919 along with Pickford, Charles Chaplin and D.W. Griffith.

Featuring rare Fairbanks film clips, photographs and other materials from the museum’s archives. Also includes interviews with museum curator and Fairbanks biographer Keri Leigh, film historian Sparrow Morgan, and Annette Lloyd of Hollywood Forever.

90 minutes, available in 9 parts on YouTube or on DVD through the museum’s online gift shop at http://DouglasFairbanks.org

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Enjoy this episode? Please support the museum during our annual donation drive. We need your help this year!

You can make a donation quickly, easily, and safely through PayPal using a credit card, debit card or bank account below. Every donation, small or large – even just dropping $5.00 in our Virtual Donation Box – brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission. That goal is establishing a permanent place in history for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to ensure that film historians and fans have his work, his extraordinary life and legacy to study and enjoy for many generations to come.

Make a financial gift through safe, secure Pay Pal International below:

Thank You.

(*) – Donations may not be tax-deductible.

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