in the Movies
Society will kick off
sale of new DVD at Aug. reception
DVD explores history
of Madison businesses and more
(August 2006) The Cornerstone Society will
hold a reception at the Madison Public Library at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to
introduce Madison in the Movies, the DVD version of the
1930s Harold Lohrig film. The digitally remastered DVD now includes
a new soundtrack wherein long-time Madison residents viewed the footage
with open microphones which captured their comments and reminiscences.
new DVD features a Lohrig film of
interviews with people several years ago.
The original film was made in 1936-1938. A group of college
students collected money from local businesses to be featured in the
film, which would be played at the Ohio Theatre before movies. When
the film was ready, it was discovered that the theatre did not have
the right equipment to run it. The late Harold Lohrig had a projector
that could run the film and offered to play it for the theatre. Businesses
owners who had paid to have the film made demanded their money back.
The filmmakers told Lohrig he could keep the film. The family has had
it ever since, but back in the 1980s, the family allowed the Cornerstone
Society to sell VHS copies.
Dan Grady of Grady Video Services in Madison has re-organized the original
footage and recorded the voices of local people discussing life during
the late 1930s and 1940s. He also used a 1938 Madison Area Chamber of
Commerce map of Madison to add buttons on the map that may be selected
on the DVD to go to certain parts of the film that discuss that location
in town. The DVD runs just over an hour and includes the 15-minute World
War II propaganda film The Town, made by the government
using Madison as its model.
Meredith Gregg, project coordinator, said, This project is excitingly
good. Everyone working on it has done an exceptional job.
She noted that Grady had worked particularly hard and had really done
a simply marvelous job. He has spent over 300 hours on this project,
The debut party at the Madison Public Library is free and open to the
public. Parts of the film and the extras added to the DVD will be shown
at the reception. All of the people involved in the project have been
invited, and a question-and-answer session with them will also be done.
There will be light refreshments, including cookies.
The DVDs will be on sale at the library for $15, and order forms will
be available to have them shipped for an extra $3. Gregg said a booth
at 509 W. Main will also be set up during the Madison Chautauqua Festival
of Art to sell the DVDs, and the society is hoping to place some at
the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Madison Main Street
Programs office. Only 1000 of the DVDs have been ordered at this
The Cornerstone Society is an organization that actively promotes preservation
in Madison by urging building owners to restore rather than tear down
or use vinyl. It was formed in 1988 in response to threats of building
demolitions in downtown Madison.
For more information about Madison in
the Movies, call Meredith Gregg at (812) 265-4197.
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