The grandiose approach to early American melodramas was largely defined by one man: the prolific and controversial director D.W. Griffith. Creating some of the most ambitious and provocative films in cinematic history, Griffith’s films explored new methods of storytelling while pioneering film techniques that inform filmmakers to this day. Way Down East was Griffith’s grandest film, costing the most in production and leaving the cast and crew with lasting physical damage.
Way Down East is presented in ArthouseFW's Silent Sunday series produced by the Lone Star Film Society and the Kimbell Art Museum. This series presents the visionaries of early cinema alongside unique musical accompaniment. The musical accompaniment for this film will be provided by Paul Slavens and and Polyphonic Spree members Buffi Jacobs and Bach Norwood.