Finger Lakes Film Trail Update!

Sunday, May 19th | 2 PM | Carriage House Theater

Historian and author Dr. Barbara Tepa Lupack will guide an exploration of early American race film. The program will include clips of “Birth of A Nation,” a screening of Oscar Micheaux’s “Within Our Gates,” followed by a guided discussion.

D.W. Griffith’s venomous “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) exposed the racial division and racial hatred in the country and established many of the racist stereotypes that would be imitated by other filmmakers for years to come. In his “Within Our Gates,” Oscar Micheaux-—the best and most prolific of the early race filmmakers—-challenged such racial depictions and offered a stirring portrait of rape, lynching, murder, miscegenation, white bigotry, and black migration.

Admission $5 Museum Members, $7 General Public.

The Cayuga Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of the Finger Lakes Film Trail (FLFT), a fresh opportunity to discover the history and culture of New York State through some of its greatest innovations, by highlighting three of the most significant destinations associated with the burgeoning movie industry: Eastman Museum in Rochester, Case Research Laboratory and Cayuga Museum in Auburn, and Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca. WSM is honored to be partnering with Eastman Museum and Case Research Laboratory on this exciting new project!

A trip along the Finger Lakes Film Trail, encompassing Monroe, Tompkins and Cayuga Counties, will give visitors the engaging narrative of this region’s role in early American filmmaking: George Eastman developed a flexible film critical to the launch of the motion picture industry; Theodore and Leopold Wharton, prolific writers, directors and producers  of films and popular serials, created Wharton, Inc. Studios on the shores of Cayuga Lake;  and Theodore Case and his associates revolutionized the motion picture industry with the invention and development of sound-on-film technology. 

The Finger Lakes Film Trail is supported in part by a grant from Humanities New York, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.