Fanchon The Cricket

Once considered a lost classic of the silent film era, viewers can again “witness Mary Pickford, the curly-haired star of the silent screen, at her most enchanting. Highly Recommended” – Irv Slifkin, Movie Critic.

Based on the “adult fairy tale” by George Sand, Fanchon the Cricket stars Mary Pickford as the title character, a strong-willed waif ostracized by “acceptable society” until she shows them the power of love and understanding.

Directed by James Kirkwood (In Wrong) and boasting exquisite cinematography by Edward Wynard, Fanchon the Cricket was filmed on location in Delaware Gap, Pennsylvania. A natural, sensual and uninhibited Pickford breaks through today’s stereotype of her as “the girl with the curls.” It is also the only surviving film in which both Jack and Lottie Pickford appear with their sister. Once believed to be a lost film, Fanchon the Cricket’s restoration is the result of a unique international collaboration between the Mary Pickford Foundation, the Cinematheque Francaise and the British Film Institute.

In it, a young wild girl Fanchon (Mary Pickford) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her grandmother’s sorceress reputation. One day the girl rescues a boy from drowning, and they fall in love, but Fanchon won’t agree to marry him unless his father asks her.

“There was never a Fanchon like Mary Pickford. Yes, I know that the greatest of the French and the English and the American stars have attempted and have successfully rendered Fanchon, but I stick to my belief that none ever surpassed and few ever approached the work of Mary Pickford.”Moving Picture World, May 22, 1915

“Pickford plays the role not so much as a woodland nymph, but more as a rural hooligan… She is extraordinarily beautiful; the first close-up of her face among the glistening leaves comes as an almost physical shock.” – Kevin Brownlow, Mary Pickford Rediscovered, May 1, 1999

Some background worth noting:

Mary Pickford was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her career spanned five decades, and she was not only a major actress, but also a successful film producer and businesswoman. During the formative days of the film industry, Pickford was a true pioneer, co-founding Pickford-Fairbanks Studios and along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, she launched then the independent film production company United Artists.

The new 2018, original score was created by Julian Ducatenzeiler and Andy Gladbach. Many film historians refer to Fanchon as being comparable to ‘Birth of a Nation’ (1915) and ‘The Poor Little Rich Girl’ (1917).

The physical media edition includes both a DVD and Bluray as well as a special souvenir booklet featuring rare photographs and essays by American author, historian, and journalist Cari Beauchamp.

1915 / 115 minutes / Silent Drama / English / A film by James Kirkwood


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Murderous Trance


Escape From Sobibor

Imprisoned in a hellish concentration camp, their only hope was to escape. Based on the true story.

This is the story of the mass escape from the German extermination camp at Sobibor, the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners of German extermination camps (uprisings also took place at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka).

Following the escape from Treblinka, the Commandant at Sobibor vowed that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers who had been spared from the ovens, knew they were on borrowed time, and that their only hope was to escape.

A 5x Emmy Nominee starring Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer, Escape from Sobibor won a Golden Globe as Best Mini Series or Film Made For TV. In addition, Rutger Hauer won a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor and Alan Arkin was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor.

Based on the factual account of what happened at Sobibor. The British production was directed by Jack Gold (Aces High, The Medusa Touch), and shot in Avala, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). When it originally premiered on CBS ( 10 May 1987) over 31 million Americans watched. The script, by Reginald Rose, was based on Richard Rashke’s 1983 book of the same name, along with a manuscript by Thomas Blatt, “From the Ashes of Sobibor”, and a book by Stanislaw Szmajzner, “Inferno in Sobibor”.

“…ranks right up there with the best of the dramatic Holocaust movies” –

“I have seen Schindler’s List and it didn’t touch me anywhere near as deeply as Escape from Sobibor” – Paul Vaughn Thomas, IMDB

Escape from Sobibor carefully balances its frightening yet subtle depiction of the horrors of Nazi Germany’s ‘final solution’ with a rousing study of heroism at its finest, against all odds.

Historic drama / 1987 / 143 minutes / color / English / A film by Jack Gold


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Le Choc Du Futur

Djon Africa



Starring Paige Davis (Trading Spaces, The Unicorn) in a most unique role, and written by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Bondage is, in short, a seriously comical discourse in an unlikely location.

Davis plays the role of Tiffany Walker, a fantasy service provider challenged by her inner sense of self. Her client is Mark Wong, played by Ryun Yu (The Mikado Project, The Last Tour). An amusing, extraordinarily insightful conversation between client and service provider takes place in admittedly a most unlikely location; a location where what one would expect turns out to be quite the opposite than the anticipated. The result: A challenge to the nature of existence and the essence of love.

The unlikely location is, of course Tiffany’s fantasy dungeon, where anything is possible, disguises are mandatory, and everything is unexpected. The discourse is comical and simultaneously serious. And the Tiffany <-> Mark relationship is one to be observed for sure. In this case, observed by Noir, a jet black cat played by Mr. Slim.

Of note: the film contains NO nudity. It is but another example of the unexpected nature of the production.

The critical response has been extraordinarily broad and the film’s festival run extensive.

  • Berlin Short Film Festival Winner, Best Screenplay (with David Henry Hwang)
  • Honolulu International Film Festival, Golden Kahuna Award
  • Filmmakers International Film Awards Jakarta,Winner – Best Newcomer Esquire Jauchem, Silver award – Short Film, Silver award – Director, Silver award – Ensemble cast
  • Oregon Film Festival, Silver Award Short Film
  • International Movie Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia , Gold Award (2nd place)
  • Best Shorts Competition, Award of Merit, Film Short , Award of Merit, Paige Davis Leading Actress
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, Award of Merit, Asian American, Award of Merit, Ryun Yu, Leading Actor

Official Selection:

  • International Short Film Fest Shrinigar, Kashmir   World Public Premiere
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
  • Access Code Short Film Festival
  • Lake Charles Film & Music Festival 
  • Orlando Urban Film Festival   American Public Premiere
  • Blow Up – Chicago International Short Film Festival
  • Indie Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Garden City International Film Festival, Bangalore, India
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
  • Broken Knuckle Film Festival
  • Strange Film Awards
  • Underground FIlmFest
  • Atlas Awards, Boston
  • Korean Expat Film Festival

“… the author of M. BUTTERFLY proves to be a wry observer of contemporary mores.” – New York Times

“BONDAGE is an intriguing piece of writing by one of the most intelligent and original new voices” – Detroit News

About the director… ESQUIRE JAUCHEM

For the past forty years, Esquire Jauchem has had an extremely varied career in the performing arts.  Founder of the Boston Repertory Theater, Associate Director (with Sarah Caldwell) of the Opera Company of Boston, and founder of Broadway’s Jauchem & Meeh Special effects company, his work has been seen across the United States and around the world.  

Esquire has worked as a Producer, Writer, Director, and Designer (lighting, sets, and costumes) in a variety of performance arts including The Big Apple Circus, the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet, the Ballet Trockadero, a casino magic show, and produced over 1,000 episodes of network and cable television.  He has been nominated for three Emmys. 

BONDAGE is his first motion picture and it has won numerous awards around the world including Best Screenplay in Berlin.

47 minutes / 2015 / Color / 16×9 / English Language / A film by Esquire Jauchem


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