Travelers who venture to California hit Hollywood in search of movie history, but there’s a valid reason why Culver City is dubbed “the heart of screenland.” Alicia B. Mayer, the great-grandniece of MGM legend Louis B. Mayer is maintaining the family’s legacy and will be on hand to share photos and insights at a special Culver City Centennial event. Details on the August 6th event is below!
Through her website The Film Colony, Alicia Mayer keeps Hollywood’s Golden Age alive with stories about some of cinema’s most notable stars/filmmakers and rare photos from that creatively fruitful era. Mayer will be displaying prints from the Mayer collection that have an “intrinsic connection to Culver City.”
“I will be contributing a handful of prints, one is particularly important because it is our rarest photo and shows 20 cameras, 20 camera operators and a number of directors, and my great uncle Louis B. Mayer,” said Mayer . “It’s important because it shows the resources the early film community could pull together even then and is an indicator of the mighty studios that would spring from that moment.”
— Alicia Mayer (@RealAliciaMayer) July 28, 2017
“Down The Yellow Brick Road With Alicia Mayer” takes place Sunday, August 6 at the Veteran’s Auditorium. Tickets for the event, which will also feature a Q&A session from Behind The Lens host debbie lynn elias, are $10. For more information, go to CulverCity100.org.
Culver City has been one of my favorite sections of Los Angeles, and during the several years I lived in the area I was impressed at how the spirit of MGM was still felt within the area (the site of Raintree County, my favorite Montgomery Clift feature, is on Jefferson Blvd). Even with the influx of gentrification and overall population traffic that has flooded the once sleepy town, Culver City maintains a wonderful Main Street feel (one must visit The Culver Hotel!), and this event (along with Mayer’s insight and photos) will shed a much needed spotlight on the town’s integral contribution to cinema.