Asheville Movies Volume 1:The Silent Era

Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era, by author and film historian Frank Thompson, rediscovers a forgotten era of filmmaking in the Land of the Sky from the earliest “actualities” in 1900 to the final silent film in 1929. Asheville lured major film companies such as Paramount, Selznick and the Edison Company. Major stars of the era such as Thomas Meighan, Doris Kenyon, Alice Brady, Olga Petrova, Clara Kimball Young, Barbara Tennant, Conway Tearle and Harry T. Morey made films in the city. Of all the many films produced in Asheville, only one – The Conquest of Canaan (1921), directed by R. William Neill and written by Frank Tuttle – survives.

Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era brings these lost films back to life and tells a story of the exciting days of early filmmaking in one of the nation’s most beautiful settings. The book is illustrated with 133 black and white stills, photographs, posters, ads and other imagery, most of which has not been in print for a century and some which have never been published anywhere.

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 About The Author 

Frank Thompson is a film historian and writer, the author of more than forty books including Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas,  I Was That Masked Man, written with Clayton Moore, the Lone Ranger; The Alamo: the Illustrated Story of the Epic Film; King Arthur: a Novel; Texas Hollywood; Cowboy Princess: Life with my parents Roy Rogers and Dale Evans written with Cheryl Rogers Barnett and The Great Christmas Movies.