Ragtag Cinema celebrates the rediscovery of a film long thought lost from the silent era—featuring a live performance of a newly commissioned score by Chicago experimental indie rock group Quasar Wut-Wut.
Frank Mayo stars as a good-hearted sheep farmer ruthlessly blackmailed by his jealous half-brother. Ratcheting tensions explode in a rural courtroom confession of murder recalled through flashbacks and daring impressionism.
Like most feature films made during the silent era, The First Degree was presumed lost forever — until an original 35mm nitrate film print from 1923 was discovered and digitally restored by the Chicago Film Archives.At nearly 100-years-old, the film made its 21st-century premiere at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center—and is coming soon to Columbia.
Tickets: $15 / $6 for Members
No free passes, discount promotions, nor member punches will be honored for this special event.