Dear Silent Hall of Fame Users:

    You have come to this website, because you like silent films and silent movie stars.  There are many places like this.  But unlike other sites, here at Silent Hall of Fame you can make a real difference.  You can help us show for the first time many films featuring your favorite silent stars that have not been seen in generations.  This will bring their names back into the public discourse.  But you can do much more than that: you can help your favorite silent stars receive belated recognition and glory.

    Until now there has never been an organization with the purpose to place a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for movie personalities from a century ago.  Silent Hall of Fame is this historic organization.  Silent Hall of Fame is the only organization of its kind.  We will make history and we invite you to become a part of history by sponsoring a silent movie star for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  All contributions are tax deductible.

   Please use this button for a one-time donation. Use the button on the right-hand side for a recurring donation.

 

Rare Gems on DVD

    Our users have spoken, and we have listened. You want to see rare and hard to find films, and we have created for you the Silent Gems Collection, available on eBay. This DVD collection includes rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please click on this link to see the collection: Silent Gems Collection

    This announcement, as well as the link, are approved by Google AdWords for Nonprofits. See also the Footnote at the bottom of this page.

Important Update:
You don't have to leave our website in order to obtain the films from our Silent Gems Collection. These gems are now available to our users as a reward for donation. For details click here.

 2 Out Yonder 191915 That Model from Paris 192621 For Better  for Worse 191924 The Woman God Forgot 19173 Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall 1924

 

OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

 Accolade Global Film Competition AwardSan Jose International Short Film FestivalCalifornia Film Awards smallSan Francisco Film AwardsInternational Independent Film Awards

Marceline Day in The Boyfriend 1926

   "Marceline Day is not only sitting pretty in the window - she is also sitting pretty at the top of the celluloid ladder, a fact you can discover for yourself  when you see her in "The Boy Friend" (1926)" - a text in Motion Picture Classic below a full-page picture.

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of Silent Hall of Fame is to engage classic film lovers worldwide in an effort to preserve the names of distinguished silent movie stars for future generations by educating the public about their great artistic legacy and working tirelessly to bring them the full public respect and recognition that they rightfully deserve.

 

The best way to learn about Silent Hall of Fame and its mission is to watch our multiple award-winning documentary.


What is Silent Hall of Fame?

We are a dedicated team of volunteer silent movie enthusiasts committed to bringing the names and legacy of many distinguished pioneers of motion pictures back from oblivion. We promote specifically the artistic achievements of formerly illustrious personalities from the silent age of movies, which have made a major contribution to the industry and the world but do not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

We are tired of hearing slogans like "Give Shirley Mason her star", or "Give Marceline Day her star".  Appeals like that are not enough any more. We believe that the time has come to stop talking about it and start doing something about it. We realize that the road ahead may have many challenges, but we are full of determination to forge ahead, because we know that this is the right thing to do.

We believe that the current generation of actors and actresses stand on the shoulders of all those magnificent stars of the past, who worked in difficult conditions without technical tricks to create masterpieces of movie art.  And we believe that many silent pioneers have yet to earn the full public respect, love and recognition that they so rightfully deserve.  This is exactly what we aim to achieve. 

We also believe that the public has the full legitimate right to see the lost and forgotten masterpieces of the Silent Era.  We will defend and promote this right by doing everything possible to recover these masterpieces from the hidden vaults, bring them out into the open, and show them to the world audiences, where they belong.


Why Silent Hall of Fame?

  • Silent Hall of Fame refers to the silent period of movies.
  • These stars are silent because they are gone and can't speak for themselves so we have to do it for them.
  • These stars are silent, like in "silenced", because they have been denied proper recognition.
  • In the end, even though it is an unofficial (silent) hall of fame, we do say that these stars deserve fame and glory as the officially glorified ones.

Of course, in our Silent Hall of Fame there will be no place for all those actors, actresses and directors that already have Hollywood stars or Oscars.  We will take care of the overlooked, the under-rated, the under-respected, the under-recognized and the all-but-forgotten stars that we believe have made more than enough "contribution to the motion pictures industry" and should be equally respected and rewarded with fame and recognition.

We cannot do this alone. Every fan can make a contribution to Silent Hall of Fame and help us to revive the names and legacy of our amazing silent stars and bring them belated recognition and glory.  Please see the information on our How You can Help page.

 

Here is a very efficient way to help Silent Hall of Fame:

Many major employers have programs that match their employees' donations to charitable organizations like Silent Hall of Fame. Such employers are big banks like Bank of America and US Bank, and large companies such as Chevron, Microsoft, etc. If you work for one of these employers and you donate to Silent Hall of Fame your tax-deductible contribution will be doubled and will go a long way towards helping your favorite silent star to receive better public recognition. Here is a list of Companies that Match Donations and/or Volunteer Hours.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR US DONORS ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

ALL FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE DONORS.

    We are a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, organized under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). 

    With a letter from August 1, 2013 the Internal Revenue Service informed us that we are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that contributions to Silent Hall of Fame are tax deductible.  Silent Hall of Fame is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.

    Silent Hall of Fame is further classified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANADIAN DONORS ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

ALL FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE DONORS.

    Three of the stars of Silent Hall of Fame were born in Canada: actress Florence Lawrence, director John Robertson and actress, writer and director Nell Shipman.  As with all our stars, we show their films and aim to bring them the full public recognition that they deserve, including stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  This is why we expect that Canadian silent film lovers will support Silent Hall of Fame.

    We also show films with the brightest star of all - Canadian Mary Pickford.  Furthermore, some sources argue that another star of Silent Hall of Fame, Florence La Badie, was born in Canada, and even call her "a Canadian Movie Icon".

 

    With a letter from November 20, 2013 the Canada Revenue Agency informed us that Silent Hall of Fame qualifies under Article XXI(1) of the Canada – United States Income Tax Convention (1980) for exemption from Canadian withholding tax. We have been told by the Canada Revenue Agency that if a prospective Canadian donor has further questions about the tax deductibility of contributions to Silent Hall of Fame, they should contact their International Tax Services Office (tel.:1-855-284-5946) and inquire with identification number 172746.  The Canada Revenue Agency is in possession of the Articles of Incorporation of Silent Hall of Fame and the IRS letter granting us a tax exempt and public charity status.

 

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