Opening Night Photo courtesy of the Maine Irish Heritage Center

John and Francis Ford Festival Opening Night

Celebrate the two Portland brothers, one unsung and the other a legend, who shaped the early film industry in Hollywood. Settle in for a double feature and the winner of PMC’s Silent Film Contest!

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State Theatre
609 Congress St.
Portland, Maine 04101 United States
About the Event
Presented by
Maine Irish Heritage Center
(207) 780-0118
August 18, 2023


-Welcome remarks by Dan Ford and Joseph McBride
-Award winner of Portland Media Center Silent Film Contest
-Premiere of When The Tables Turned (1911), starring Francis Ford. Newly restored by the USC SCA HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive. Introduction by Kathryn Fuller-Seeley
-Screening of Wagon Master (1950) directed by John Ford, starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr., and Ward Bond.