Cover of 2022 Calendar

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The 2022 Silent Movies Calendar: "Lobby Cards" Edition!

I produce this calendar every year with generous contributions of photographs from collectors and institutions, as a benefit for silent film preservation. This year the proceeds will go to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, to support their ongoing projects in silent film preservation and restoration. They are currently working on The Dragon Painter (1919, d. William Worthington), Padlocked (1926, d. Allan Dwan), Flowing Gold (1924, d. Joseph De Grasse), and the incomplete The Street of Forgotten Men (1925, d. Herbert Brenon), which features the screen debut of Louise Brooks.

The Silent Movies Benefit Calendar features silent film artwork for each month, and on each date lists birthdays of silent-era film stars and personalities, as well as notable marriages, deaths, and film openings.

This year the theme is "Lobby Cards." These are the small advertising pieces that were posted in the lobbies of theaters to advertise upcoming attractions. These cards ranged from simple publicity stills with an added film title to custom-drawn artwork with eye-catching graphics.

How to purchase

Use this button to purchase securely through Paypal. Calendars will ship via USPS parcel post or (when ordering three or more calendars) Priority Mail. Overseas will go First Class parcel (but see note below).

If you want to buy some calendars AND some recordings from Mont Alto, click this button to add a calendar to your cart. Then add recordings to the cart at the Mont Alto recordings page, and click "View Cart" to check out when you're done.

I provide a discount on bulk purchases of eight or more calendars. For now, I'm putting in a button to purchase a batch of eight calendars at $10 each. But let me know if you want a quantity larger than eight, and I'll put up your own personal purchasing button with that quantity.

PLEASE NOTE: The USPS has been severely cutting service under its current Postmaster General, and has annonuced a temprorary cancellation of mail delivery to Australia or New Zealand. If I am unable to ship, I will refund your purchase.

For U.S. purchases by check, mail $12 plus $6.60 for postage to Rodney Sauer, 401 Spruce Street, Louisville, CO 80027-1943.

  • The 2021 calendar raised $2421 for for the Film Preservation Society for their Biograph project.
  • The 2020 calendar raised $1859 for Lobster Films
  • The 2019 calendar raised $2019 for the George Eastman Museum
  • The 2018 calendar raised $2024 for the UCLA Film and Television Archive
  • The 2017 calendar raised $2005 for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival
  • The 2016 calendar raised $1750 for Film Preservation Associates
  • The 2015 calendar raised $2300 for the Museum of Modern Art
  • The 2014 calendar raised $2240 for Film Preservation Associates
  • The 2013 calendar raised $1808 for the George Eastman Museum
  • The 2012 calendar benefitted the UCLA Film and Television Archive
  • The 2010 and 2011 calendars benefitted the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Niles California
  • The 2009 calendar funds supported an internship in film preservation through the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
  • The 2008 calendar funds supported the video restoration of Bardelys the Magnificent through Film Preservation Associates and Lobster Films
  • The 2007 calendar funds were donated to the George Eastman House.
  • The 2006 calendar benefitted Film Preservation Associates.
  • The 2004 alt.movies.silent calendar raised $1442.06, for two projects.
  • The 2003 calendar made possible a donation of $671.07 to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.