20 September 2015 - The Rialto Re-Premiere - sold out !
13 November, 2015 - Hollywood by the Sea: A Holiday Heritage Swing Dance
16 September 2015 - KING5 - "Bonney Lake woman finds surprise in silent movie release"
Ad from the Tacoma Ledger newspaper, 1927
26 August 2015 - CityArts "The Eyes of the Totem"
13 January 2015 - Tacoma Weekly - "City research prompts restoration of ‘amazing’ film of Tacoma’s history."
10 June 2015 - Jazz and NPR station KPLU "Tacoma's Long-Lost Silent Movie Returning To The Big Screen"
12 June 2015 - South Sound Talk "The Eyes of the Totem Mesmerizes Local Historians, Film Lovers Once Again"
24 May 2015 - The News Tribune "Eyes of the Totem : Long-lost silent movie from 1920s Tacoma is found"
19 May 2015 - KING5 TV news in Seattle "Silent film shot in Tacoma uncovered 88 years later "
1 May 2015 - The kickstarter campaign has begun! Help us take this film public in a grand fashion at The Eyes of the Totem Returns!
17 September 2015 - The News Tribune - "Silent no more: All eyes are on Tacoma's 'Totem'"
December, 2016 -Northwest Film Forum showings - Seattle Weekly story
Sponsored by: Team Totem, Tacoma Historical Society, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, City of Tacoma, Mariposa Productions, Northwest Costume, Knights of Pythias, Tacoma Public Library, LeMay Family Collection Foundation--Marymount, Tacoma Art Museum and made possible by the solid support of the community. See the not quite complete but lengthy credits HERE
12 September 2015 - artTown - the award-winning documentary/news magazine series covers Eyes of the Totem
2 June 2015 - Historic Seattle" Eyes of the Totem"
30 June 2015 - Moving Image Archive News "Reopening the Eyes of the Totem"
29 June 2015 - The Eyes of the Totem Returns kickstarter project has met its goal! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!
...will next be shown at 830pm on June 9th, 2017
@ The Rialto Theater
Join the community celebration of EYES OF THE TOTEM's 90th Year!
Come see the long-lost feature-length film shot in Tacoma and released in 1927 - in the same theater it was first shown to its producers - surrounded by the same streets and buildings that are the sets of the film - all set to the score composed by John Christopher Bayman.
Also, there will be a special pre-release screening of Mariposa Production's film - A TOTEM TALE - A documentary about a city, a lost film, and the dream that brought them together. The making, breaking, loss, and rediscovery of a street melodrama made by the only film production studio in the 1920's Pacific Northwest, and the legacy it has left behind.
One ticket for both films... an action-packed historically-vibrant double-feature, showing at the theater of its birth, 90 years ago. Tickets are now available solely through the Broadway Center ticket office www.broadwaycenter.org
June 9- Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St
6:00 A TOTEM TALE - A DOCUMENTARY
8:30 EYES OF THE TOTEM
During the break between films the goodly Knights of Pythias will be hosting a period speakeasy event... at the historic, mysterious Pythian Temple where ghosts and fans of the period are invited to wear for show their costumesof the 1920's. The sacred temple (built in 1906) will also be open for tours. No cover - pay at the bar. (Donations will be gladly taken to support this historic site). The Pythian Temple doors open at 5pm and close at 830pm.
Saturday, June 10
10 AM - Walking with the Eyes - starting at Fireman's Park, the corner of S.9th and A St.
Join filmmaker Mick Flaaen and UWT History Professor Michael Sullivan as they lead a walking tour of the downtown area where Eyes of the Totem was shot in 1926. The tour begins at Fireman's Park, at the foot of the same totem pole used in the film and proceeds for about an hour to multiple sites also in the film, finishing where the totem was in 1926, the now lost (burned down in 1935) Tacoma Hotel. Then, we'll be just around the corner from the Tacoma Historical Society, which will be open and showing their exhibit on the history of Tacoma theaters “Showtime in Tacoma,” (opening June 8)
There will also be two more walking tours later in the day hosted by the Knights of Pythias: “Secret Societies” and “Broadway Architecture Tour” - more info coming soon...
Saturday, June 10
6: 00 pm: The Eyes of the Totem 90th Anniversary Party
Pythian Temple, 924 Broadway
No cover charge - food and beverage will be available for a modest charge. Period costumes welcome and celebrated!
Join Pythian Knight and local historian Michael Sullivan as he presents selected film clips and commentary about 1920’s Tacoma - Seeing Tacoma Through the Eyes of the Totem
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3 November, 2015 -The Grand Cinema - sold out!
The Grand Re-premiere Weekend at the historic Rialto theater (the same place the producers of the film first viewed it in 1926!) was a HUGE success. Two of the three showings of the film were sold out. Thank you to all who joined together in this incredible celebration of film, history and community!
10 September 2015 - Cityline - TVTacoma - "Eyes of the Totem"
November, 2015 -The Blue Mouse showings - sold out!