August 7, 2018
6:30pm - 9:30pm
See a free outdoor screening of the new documentary, Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies, by History Making Productions. The film tells the story of the city as the cradle of motion pictures and the place where movies literally and metaphorically took their first steps. As the nation's manufacturing capital in the 19th century, Philadelphia was the crossroads where artists, engineers and amateur inventors realized the dream of transforming still images into those that moved. Carrie Rickey, the film's producer, and director Andrew Ferrett will introduce the film.
Before the film, come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps for a Parkway 100 Community Conversation, "The Rise of the Rocky Steps." Learn how the steps became famous with Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, ROCKY Statue sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg, Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson, and “Rocky Stories” author Michael Vitez.
6:30 - 7:45pm: "The Rise of the Rocky Steps" discussuion at PMA Steps
8:15 - 9:30pm: Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies screening in Sister Cities Park
For the screening: Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Wine from Chaddsford Winery, along with craft beer and movie snacks, will be available for sale.
Watch a preview of Before Hollywood: