“100 Years of Sound Film” Celebrated in Auburn


Cayuga Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Sound Film with Two December Events Events celebrate Auburn’s historical impact on the film industry Auburn, New York – Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Case Research Laboratory, located in Auburn, is hosting two December events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of sound film, which revolutionized mass media and the film industry. The first event is a film screening on Wed., December 7 from local filmmaker, Terry Cuddy, of his conceptual documentary on the Case Research Laboratory’s contributions to the modern film world. The second is an anniversary celebration of 100 Years of Sound Film, taking place on Wed., Dec. 14.

Auburn resident, Theodore Case, used a special, light sensitive cell to record the word “hello” onto a film strip with perfect clarity. The system would be referred to under many names: the Thalofide Cell, the AEO light, the De Forest Phonofilm system, Movietone; all referencing an invention that changed entertainment and the world forever. That day, Dec. 14, 1922, Theodore Case and his fellow scientists in the Case Research Lab discovered the key to making sound film a widespread phenomenon. This seemingly simple discovery began the end of the “Silent Era” of film and ushered in the “Talkie” Revolution.

Inspired by Case’s story, Terry Cuddy created a documentary about the event in 1997. “Dialogues of Early Sound Film” explores the history of the Case Research Laboratory, connecting the local ties to global impact. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Case’s invention, Cayuga Museum will be hosting a special film screening along with a presentation by Cuddy on his work. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7 in the Carriage House Theater. General admission is $10 and $5 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at cayugamuseum.org/dialogues-of-sound-film-screening.

On Wednesday, December 14, exactly 100 years from the historic day, the Cayuga Museum will host a special birthday party for sound film. Hosted in the Carriage House Theater, where some of the earliest sound films ever made were produced, the event will feature live jazz music, take-home science projects for the family, commemorative merchandise, and birthday cake. Attendees will also get to view a screening of rarely seen early sound film footage and accounts from some very special guests. Free to the public, doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the official commemoration and screening beginning at 6:00 p.m. Additional information about the 100th Anniversary of Sound Film Commemoration is available at: cayugamuseum.org/100th-anniversary-of-sound-filmcommemoration

Additional information about Auburn’s historical contribution to the film industry is available at: cayugamuseum.org/100-years-of-sound-film

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