Academy Award Film Series begins with Silent Film and Organist

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that it will host an Academy Award Film Series beginning February 18 with Wings, a silent film that won the first Academy Award for Best Picture.

Directed by William A. Wellman and Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast, Wings will be shown at THELMA with Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist Jay Warren!

Warren brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original scores for the silver screen. As a regularly featured photoplay organist for the Silent Film Society of Chicago, he has accompanied most of the great silent films throughout his forty-year career in his famous rousing style. He has been featured annually for the society’s highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival since its inception in 2000.

In Wings, two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. It stars Clara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, and Richard Arlen.

The series continues February 25 with Moonlight, last year’s Best Picture winner, and concludes March 4 with a 90th Academy Awards Viewing Party.


Last year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, Moonlight, chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. The film was directed by Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, and Duan Sanderson. Witness this moving story for yourself at THELMA!

Tickets for Wings and Moonlight are $5 ($4 for THELMA members). Bar opens at 6:30pm, films begin at 7.

March 4 is sure to be a dazzling affair at THELMA during the 90th Academy Awards Viewing Party! This event is free admission. Wear your fanciest red-carpet attire for an evening celebrating film and glamour.

Guests may participate in exciting contests, including And the Oscar Goes To…” to guess the winners in the top six categories, and the Acceptance Speech competition for contestants to give their best Academy Awards acceptance speeches. Winners for Best Dressed Male & Female will be chosen before the evening is through. This is your chance to show off your Oscars expertise and win special THELMA prizes. Get ready for your grand red-carpet entrance, and don’t forget to thank the Academy! Bar opens at 6pm.

More information about the Academy Award Film Series can be found on THELMA’s website.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

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