This feature-length drama-documentary commemorates the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, which hosted almost 19 million visitors. It was a showcase for over 2 dozen foreign countries and 27 states. Though the fair was meant to salute the newly-built Panama Canal, it became a celebration of the rebuilding of San Francisco following the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906. Writer and director, R. Christian Anderson, says: "I've had a head start, since I've been collecting memorabilia and souvenirs of historic San Francisco for over 38 years. For the past year I've been painstakingly collecting, sorting, and digitally restoring hundreds of images from the fair especially for this the film'. Many images belonged to the late Reyna Belasco Rosenthal, niece of the famed New York producer David Belasco. Reyna's father Solomon Belasco was a shareholder and, with her family, she was able to visit the fair 14 times over the course of its run. The film is unique, in ...Written by
R. Christian Anderson
In the opening scene of the film, Reyna is shown looking out of her window towards the area where the Panama-Pacific International Exposition was held in 1915. In 1965, the historic Reyna Belasco Rosenthal actually lived at the Park Merced Apartments, just south of San Francisco. See more »
In the pre-dawn light of Wednesday, April 18th, a great earthquake struck the city... Amid the thunderous roar, church bells rang from swaying steeples and the sound of a thousand dogs barked in the darkness.
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