Blair Miller tells the story of the motion picture industry as it developed in Jacksonville after the turn of the twentieth century. Almost Hollywood reveals the meteoric rise of Jacksonville in early silent films. Home to over thirty studios employing actors, directors, and stagehands, Jacksonville became touted as the "winter film capital of the world" by 1915. A myriad of factors contributed to Jacksonville's rise and then fall by the mid 1920s. What were the reasons why Jacksonville missed out as the next mecca for filmmaking? Blair Miller tells the story through primary sources from that remarkable period.
Blair Miller has had a lifelong interest in silent film comedies. His previous book, American Silent Film Comedies: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Persons, Studios and Terminology (1995), is considered a reference in the field. He currently lives in Rochester, New York.
List of Figures Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Timeline Chapter 1: Mayor Bowden, Politics and the Movie Industry Chapter 2: Kalem Company, Inc. Chapter 3: Lubin Motion Picture Company Chapter 4: Vim Comedy Company Chapter 5: Amber Star Company and the Eastern Film Company Chapter 6: King-Bee Film Corporation Chapter 7: Eagle Film Company Chapter 8: Thanhouser Company Chapter 9: Klever Pictures, Inc. Chapter 10: Klutho Studios Chapter 11: Other Studios Chapter 12: What Happened to the Dream of Making Jacksonville into what Hollywood, California Ultimately Became? Bibliography Index