Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

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Flying A Studio Centennial Celebration


General Admission: $20, Students with ID: $10.

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Flying A Centennial CelebrationSanta Barbara was once the home to the studio and production operation of a young, aggressive media company whose silent films were screened worldwide. The American Film Manufacturing Company of Chicago, aka The Flying A, arrived in Santa Barbara in July of 1912 and, in only eight years, created over 900 films and became world famous. Prints of Flying A films are scattered worldwide in film archives and personal collections.

On July 7, 2012, the Carsey-Wolf Center will celebrate the Flying A Studio and the rich legacy of the silent film era. UC Santa Barbara Studio Professor Dana Driskel is gathering Flying A films from the archives to be seen for the first time in Santa Barbara at this centennial celebration. Local historian Neal Graffy will join Driskel in providing commentary on the role Flying A played in the nascent film industry and the history of Santa Barbara. Pianist Michael Mortilla will accompany the films on the stage of UC Santa Barbara's new state-of-the-art Pollock Theater.

The program is still being formulated, but several "firsts" will be screened:

  • First known surviving film to be made in Santa Barbara – Method In His Madness (6 min.)
  • First known surviving Flying A film made in SB – The Vengeance That Failed (15 min.)
  • First time screened in Santa Barbara, a 1915 "situation comedy" – To Rent, Furnished (11 min.)
  • Classic Flying A western romance - The Pilgrim (28 min.)

An audience Q&A will follow the program. A wine and cheese reception co-sponsored by the UCSB History Associates and the UCSB Affiliates will be hosted in the Michael Douglas Lobby at the conclusion of the event -- a wonderful opportunity for community, faculty, staff, and students to mingle and share their reflections.

Press Coverage

  • Santa Barbara Independent article "Flying A Studio Celebrates Its Centennial at UCSB; Pollock Theater Hosts Five Silent Films Produced in S.B." by DJ Palladino on 7/1/12.
  • Noozhawk article "Silent-Film Tribute Speaks Volumes About 100-Year History of Flying A Studio" by Rochelle Rose on 7/16/12.  Check out the photo slideshow of the event. 
  • Santa Barbara Independent article "Harry Carey Jr. Saddles Up His Memories, Western Movie Actor Worked with John Ford


The Carsey-Wolf Center supports research, teaching, and public programming about media. The Center aims to foster the creativity, critical skills, historical understanding and new forms of literacy that students need to be informed citizens of the 21st Century. The UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies is co-sponsoring the event.