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Vanda Krefft: Nov. 18, 2018

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Westside Tavern, 10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
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  • Nov. 18,2018

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Phi Beta Kappa Alumni in Southern California Alpha Association


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Vanda Krefft, Author of The Man Who Made the Movies The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

 In Conversation with Marc Wanamaker, Film Historian

Westside Tavern, 10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

  • Registration: 12:00 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 p.m. 
  • Program: 1:00 pm
  • Cost: $65.00 per person

Film buffs won’t want to miss this program on the early days of the motion picture industry, with a special focus on iconic pioneer, William Fox, who had an indelible influence on its shape today. Vanda Krefft (PBK, University of Pennsylvania), author of the The Man Who Made the Movies, The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox (HarperCollins, November 2017) will engage in conversation with Marc Wanamaker, renowned film historian, author, and educator. Together they will bring to life the heyday of “The Industry,” central to the Los Angeles landscape, as well as the man, whose story may have been forgotten, but whose name seems ubiquitous.

Krefft’s book has received critical praise from other highly acclaimed authors and many major publications: “an immensely valuable resource...simultaneously a great American success story and a shudder-provoking cautionary tale” (Wall Street Journal), “a captivating portrait of a flawed dynamo” (Sight and Sound), “big brassy production of a book of his grand legacy…four out of four stars” (USA Today), “William Fox now has the history he deserves.” (Washington Post), “The most exciting new biography I have read in years…teeming with energy and impossible to resist” (John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author).

Marc Wanamaker, author of Early Poverty Row Studios, and principal officer at Bison Archives, is a world-class expert and consultant in film history who has worked in many facets of film production and research for several decades. He has extensive experience with the American Film Institute, is a founder of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition (FILMEX) and helped form The American Cinematheque. Books will be available for sale and signing after the talk. This program promises to be highly entertaining and enlightening!

Three-Course Lunch Menu presented by Westside Tavern’s highly acclaimed Executive Chef Ben Cohn, named to Best Chefs of America:

Salad of baby greens; a choice of three entrees: Grilled Scottish Salmon, Mary’s Chicken: boneless, grilled half chicken (both with seasonal accompaniments), or Red Quinoa and Kale. Dessert: Warm Sticky Toffee Cake with vanilla mascarpone cream; soda, ice tea, and drip coffee. The total price of this event is $65 per person. Complimentary parking with validation (Landmark garage).

Space is strictly limited. Register NOW by clicking the "Registration Button" to the immediate left. Priority given to dues-paid members. Map: www.westsidetavernla.com. Questions may be directed to Bette Napoli Harris at bnapharris@aol.com or daytime phone 310-447-5788 (cell phone on day of the event: 310-994-1252). If you or any of your guests must cancel, please notify us immediately. A refund may be possible if a waitlisted person is able to take your spot. 

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!


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