Edwin (Ned) W. Thanhouser, BS
Ned Thanhouser is the grandson of the silent film pioneers Gertrude and Edwin Thanhouser, and he is now President of the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. Since 1986, he has been actively involved in the research, acquisition, preservation, and publication of the history, surviving films, and related ephemera from the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle from 1909 to 1918.
Ned is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Domitor: The International Association for the Study of Early Cinema, and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). He has presented and published numerous research papers. Edwin is also co-founder and vice-president of the International Youth Silent Film Festival, which organizes competitions for filmmakers (age 20 and under) to create modern versions of silent films. Visit www.makesilentfilm.com
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Working with film archives and private collectors, Ned has produced 14 DVD titles that contain 57 surviving Thanhouser films not seen by the public for over a century. These films are now available on DVD and online at no charge to researchers, scholars and film lovers at www.thanhouser.org
. He is currently in post-production of a 50-minute documentary film - The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema —scheduled to premiere at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy in October 2014.