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The lost films of Cuddebackville

September 11, 2013

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Neversink Valley Museum will present a special screening of the lost films of Cuddebackville, featuring early works of D.W. Griffith with musical accompaniment by Ben Model, on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.

Five short silent films shot in Cuddebackville, NY during 1909-11 will be featured. Thought to be lost, this collection of works by D.W. Griffith was discovered among the collections at the Library of Congress and will be the first chance anyone has had to see these films in many years. Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute for Early Film Studies is especially interested to uncover the locations where these films were shot. “We invite our audience to help us identify the buildings, landmarks and other features captured in these films,” said Goldman.

Films presented in this screening are “Willful Peggy,” “The Little Darling,” “Mugsy Becomes a Hero,” “In Life’s Cycle” and “Fools of Fate.” Call 845/754-8870, email or visit