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Second Weekend of Films at the Selig Polyscope Theater – 2017 Dallas International Film Festival

Opening weekend and the first half of the Dallas International Film Festival in the Selig Polyscope Theater has been a great success.  A lot of great films and memories were made but we are not done yet.  The Selig Polyscope Theater will be in theater 4 at the Angelika Film Center – Dallas at Mockingbird Station. Tickets and passes are on sale now both online and in-person at the festival box office, located in West Village in Uptown Dallas.  During the festival tickets can be purchased online, at the West Village box office and in the lobby of the Angelika.   Once you have your tickets and or pass, please be in line at the theater at least 30 minutes before show time.  This way you can get your popcorn, soda and be ready for some of the best films you will see this year. Below is the film schedule for the Selig Polyscope Theater from April 6 – April 9.    Thursday – April 6, 2017 4:00pm – ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE 7:00pm – DAYVEON 9:30pm – THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT   Friday – April 7, 2017 4:30pm – CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTRY MIXTAPE 7:00pm – North Texas College Shorts [...]

By | 2017-04-06T14:05:29+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

Selig Polyscope Theater at DIFF 2017 – Opening Weekend Schedule

We are very pleased and proud to announce that at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival there will be a Selig Polyscope Theater.  This is the first time in recent history that the festival has named a theater for one of it’s sponsors and longtime friends.  As one of America’s first motion picture studios teaming up with one of the best film festivals in the Southern United States, it seems like a perfect fit.  Thanks to the programming team at DIFF for giving us this excellent lineup of films in the Selig Polyscope Theater. The Selig Polyscope Theater will be located at the Angelika Film Center - Dallas in theater 6 from March 31-April 5.  Then we will move to theater 4 from April 6-9.  Tickets and passes are on sale now both online and in-person at the festival box office, located in West Village in Uptown Dallas.  During the festival tickets can be purchased online, at the West Village box office and in the lobby of the Angelika.   Once you have your tickets and or pass, please be in line at the theater at least 30 minutes before show time.  This way you can get your popcorn, soda [...]

By | 2017-03-29T14:01:59+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

Gary Murray (1961 – 2016)

The Selig Polyscope Company​ lost a great friend over the weekend.  Film critic Gary Murray was killed over the weekend while covering the Dallas International Film Festival.  Gary was a film critic for our film site Selig Film News and  Gary was the type of person you loved the second you met him.  He was a true and genuine friend and really cared about how you were doing and feeling.  He was also an incredible film critic and old school journalist.  He knew his stuff.  You can talk to him about any film and he knew all of the ins and outs of the story line and production.  He started to write for Selig Film News in 2010.  He loved film so much he wrote for us and  He wanted to share his love of film with everyone who would listen.  We can all be at peace that dispite his health issues that his last week on earth was very happy time for him.  He covered the Dallas International Film Festival daily by seeing and reviewing films, interviewing on the red carpet and taking part in press junkets.    We want to thank everyone who have called and emailed [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Selig Movie Flyer

100 years ago this week the Selig Movie Special left Northwestern Station in Chicago.  On July, 8th 1915, Selig Polyscope Company charted a private train to be known as The Selig Movie Special (sometimes referred to as the Selig Movie Flyer) to take theater owners and industry people from Chicago to the National League of Motion Picture Exhibitor’s conference in San Francisco.  The cost for the round trip was $128.00 for a 17 day trip.  This included the train ride, hotels and the stops the train made along the way.  Some of the sights that passengers saw along the way were the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, Denver, silver mines, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  They also toured the Selig Polyscope West Coast Studios and Selig Zoo.  This week we will be showing you trade ads and pictures from and about the trip on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.    

By | 2015-07-06T15:15:38+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Selig Polyscope Company, Studio History|0 Comments

Auld Lang Syne

As 2014 comes to a close we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and say thank you for a wonderful 2014.  2014 has been a banner year for the Selig Polyscope Company and we could not have done it without you.  We have gained a lot of great clients, worked on some amazing projects, forged some excellent relationships and partnered with some of the best film festivals in the country. When we reestablished the Selig Polyscope Company back in 2008, we did not know what to expect.  We knew we would get questions like, Selig who?  You want to do what?  Everyone has been supportive, including the Selig family.  From day one they have been super supportive and always willing to help with answers to our questions and even give us advice on what Colonel Selig might do in this day and age.  Our relationship with the Selig family is something that every company should have with its founding family and we are very thankful for it.  In 2010, we started Selig Film News.  It was a fun way for us to tell you our thoughts about films and give some of the great film critics [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:11+00:00 December 31st, 2014|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

Welcome DIFF 2014 Filmmakers!

You are reading this because you were interviewed by the Selig Polyscope Company, you got a business card from us, you Googled DIFF coverage or you’re a regular fan of Selig.  Whatever the case may be, welcome!  The Selig Polyscope Company is a corporate sponsor of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival and one of the official media outlets of the festival.  The Selig Polyscope Company and our film news arm, Selig Film News, will once again bring you a front seat to the festival; providing the world class coverage that people have come to expect from us.  You can find our full coverage at the links below. Interviews/Reviews/News: Photos: Video Interviews: Selig Film News on YouTube You can follow the crew of Selig at our social media sites below. Selig Polyscope Company on Facebook Selig Film News on Facebook Follow Selig on Instagram   Are you a publicist or filmmaker who would like Selig Film News to interview you or your cast and crew?  Please drop us a line at the email address below or contact DIFF press relations. [email protected] Thank you for visiting us and helping to make us the number one source for DIFF coverage!

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:12+00:00 March 29th, 2014|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

150 Years of William N Selig

Today is the 150th birthday of our founder, William N Selig.  He was born on March 14, 1864, at 10 Karmer Street in Chicago, IL.  His parents were Joseph and Antonia Selig and he was the fifth of the Selig’s eight children.  He was described as intelligent, smart, stout and friendly to a fault. William Selig did not like to be photographed.  He was a behind-the-scenes man who got stuff done.  On this, his 150th birthday, we are sharing two rare photos of the Colonel. The first photo is from 1912, in William Selig’s office at the Selig Polyscope Company.  When making a film, William Selig always insisted on authenticity, whether it would be traveling thousands of miles to Oklahoma to film on a real ranch, using real cowboys or even using real Indians for his films.  Louis Hill, chairman of the board for the Great Northern Railroad, brought representatives of the Blackfoot Indian tribe to Chicago because they wanted to personally thank Selig for preserving the Blackfoot Indians and their customs forever in a motion picture.  The photo was taken in Selig’s office just after coming back from lunch.  He walked into his private office and was shocked to [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:12+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

2014 Dallas International Film Festival Film Guide

The 8th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival, presented by AutoNation April 3 – 13, 2014 announced today its full list of features and shorts to be screened through the 11-day festival.  For the 2014 Festival, more than 172 features, documentaries, shorts and student films representing 27 countries make DIFF truly an international Festival. Of the feature films at the Festival, 11 will see their world premieres and three are North American premieres—all represent some of the best in the art of filmmaking. These films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions from around the world. The 2014 Dallas International Film Festival full schedule can be found online at (click on Film Guide) or listed below.        Opening Night Film   WORDS AND PICTURES (USA) Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hawkes DIRECTOR: Fred Schepisi Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.   Centerpiece Films BELIEVE ME (WORLD PREMIERE) (USA) DIRECTOR: Will Bakke Cast: Nick Offerman, Johanna Braddy, Christopher McDonald When Sam Weller [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:13+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

100 Years of Kathlyn: Selig Inaugurates New Series

We continue our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the release of The Adventures of Kathlyn with this article from the motion picture trade journal Motography.  This article was published Christmas 1913, just days before the release of the film.  The article tells you, the reader, about the first chapter of the film and gives you a few stills from the film.  This article has rarely been seen outside of the motion picture industry.  It is a real treat for us to bring it to you.    We have put the two page article into PDF format (which you can download below) for better reading.  Stay tuned all week for more in our celebration of The Adventures of Kathlyn.   Selig Inaugurates New Series Christmas 1913

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:13+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

100 Years of The Adventures of Kathlyn

Col. William Selig was a very creative man, full of ideas and energy.  He saw Edison demonstrating his new film projector at the Texas State Fair and had a vision for a better projector and an entire business.  This drive and vision led him to a partnership with the Chicago Tribune newspaper.  He started to produce some of the world’s first newsreels in that partnership with the Tribune.  The next idea he took to Tribune editor James Keeley was to publish all 13 chapters of a story over several months in the Tribune.  At the same time the serial would be playing in local Chicago movie theatres.  James Keeley loved the idea and went forward with the project.  Many of the Tribune’s stories were sent out on the wire services to be picked up by many other newspapers including the LA Times.    On December 29th in the year 1913, many in Chicago were reading the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune.  Inside that day’s edition of the Tribune was the first of 13 chapters of a story called The Adventures of Kathlyn.  The Adventures of Kathlyn is a story by Harold MacGrath about Kathlyn Hale (Kathlyn Williams).  She is the [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:10:13+00:00 December 29th, 2013|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

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