Middlesex County’s Free Silent Film Screening Series Begins

NEW BRUNSWICK — The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is kicking off its free Silent Film Screening Series this June with the Academy Award winning film, “The Artist.”

It will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30 in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

“The Artist” is presented by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the Cornelius Low House Museum with co-sponsorship of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies.

This showing will be the first in a silent film series. The remaining will be historic silent films that have a New Jersey connection.

“We are pleased to present the Silent Film Screening Series to our residents as part of our Lights! Camera! Action! History of Film 1890-1960 in New Jersey exhibit,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the county’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I commend The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for researching and making available this treasure trove of American cinematic history.”

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano said: “Middlesex County has a wealth of history and culture and it is our responsibility as elected officials to ensure that that history is not only made available to our residents but is celebrated and preserved. On behalf of the Freeholder Board I encourage residents to come to the screenings as well as the exhibit and help us keep history alive.”

All screenings are free and open to the public. Call to register.

The Films of Fatty Arbuckle
Wednesday, July 18 at 8 p.m.
On the grounds of the Cornelius Low House Museum
1225 River Road, Piscataway

Robin Hood
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
Crossroads Theatre
7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

The Silent Film Screening Series is funded by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. These films are presented by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Cornelius Low House Museum and the Fort Lee Film Commission.

For more information and to register for these free programs, call, 1-732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. Voorhees Hall, the Cornelius Low House Museum and Crossroads Theatre are accessible sites. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. A Sign Language Interpreter is available with a prior request two weeks in advance.

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