The City of Slidell welcomes the next exhibition at Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, Movie Poster Archive Exhibition, opening January 6, 2023 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free.
The exhibit, hosted by Movie Poster Archives (MPA) and the City of Slidell, is on view during the 2nd annual The Art of Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo at Slidell Auditorium January 20-21, 2023.
The exhibit will feature a collection of movie posters, gallery cards, and accessories from movies that have been filmed in Slidell, St. Tammany Parish and the New Orleans area. Movie Poster Archives was founded in 2016 by retired Hollywood executive Linda Thurman for the preservation and research of film-related papers known as film accessories. In a few short years, MPA has amassed more than 500,000 items from over 20 countries. The Permanent Collection is comprised of nearly 50,000 original posters, stills, and press kits representing some 20,000 film titles taken from nine decades.
“Over 50 percent of all U. S. films and 80 to 90 percent of all silent films made in the United States produced before 1951 have been lost forever. Worldwide, the losses are comparable,” said Thurman, Executive Director of MPA. “That’s why the work of the MPA is so important. The preservation of film accessories - the surviving historical documents - is increasingly important as time takes its toll on these fragile paper artifacts.”
Thurman is the author of "Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed." She retired from Emerald Bayou Studios which she co-founded. She is a veteran of Hollywood where she was the managing editor of the Hollywood Creative Directory.
Ed and Susan Poole have written more than 20 books on movie posters and film history. They are the founders of Hollywood on the Bayou and Learn About Movie Posters (LAMP). Ed coined the phrase “movie accessories” to denote movie-related paper.
For more information about Movie Poster Archives, please visit MoviePosterArchives.org or contact Linda Thurman at email@example.com.
The Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, January 24. Admission is free.