Vintage Film Festival
The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October.
Full details here.
In 2016, the Marie Dressler Foundation will award four Bursary/Scholarships to students at Northumberland High Schools. The scholarships in 2016 are worth $1500 and applications are submitted via the schools in the area. Applications are accepted from grade 12 students. The application form can be downloaded here. Please consult your school's guidance counsellor for further information or go to this page.
Marie Dressler Needs You
Dressler House currently operates as Cobourg's Tourist Information office as well as housing the small Marie Dressler Museum. It is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
Weekdays: 8:30 - 5:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 5:00
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
The Marie Dressler Story
Born in Cobourg, Canada - one of Hollywood's greatest stars
The Dressler Story: to Dream, to Dare, to Persist, to Win
Cobourg is the birthplace of Marie Dressler - one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood's best loved stars.
This is the official site of the Marie Dressler Foundation whose mission is to make sure that Marie Dressler is remembered.
The Foundation, a registered charity, was created to raise money to restore her house when it was burnt down in 1989 (More here). The largest current activity is the Vintage Film Festival which is held on the last weekend in October every year.
Another major activity of the Foundation is to award scholarships to students planning to pursue an education in the arts field - preferably film arts. There is a list of previous scholarship winners here. The 2015 winners were presented with their awards at Dressler House on June 27 - see the story with photos here. For more information on how to apply, go here.
Also available on this site
As previously announced, the Foundation is working to completely renovate the Marie Dressler Museum. Actually, a better description would be that the museum is being completely rebuilt from scratch. Unfortunately, this means that it will be closed from late May until it reopens. There will be no access to any exhibits during that time.
But on September 24th, 2016, there will be a grand re-opening with celebrations to mark the event. Stay tuned for more news on this.
Marie Dressler Foundation Board Members Terry Foord and Rick Miller presenting a Vintage Film Festival poster designed by renown artist Peter Doig, to Dale Clark, VP, Fuel Services Division, Cameco Corporation.
The poster was presented to Cameco Corp. as a token of appreciation for their ongoing generous support of the Vintage Film Festival and the upcoming Marie Dressler Exhibition project.
On February 16, 2016, Rick Miller, Chair of the Marie Dressler Foundation was interviewed on local Radio Station Northumberland 89.67 FM. He spoke about the work of the Foundation and in particular the work being done to create a new museum at Dressler House. He also talked about this year's Vintage Film Festival. You can listen below:
In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Marie's birth right here in Cobourg, the Marie Dressler Foundation is investing in the creation of a new "Marie Dressler Exhibition".
Planning is well underway. The concept and design work has been completed by students and staff at University of Toronto Museum Studies Masters Program. We have received a significant funding grant from the federal Canada150 program.
Corporate and personal donations have been generous to date. We are now over half-way to our goal of raising $100,000. to build the new Exhibition at Marie Dressler House, 212 King St. W., Cobourg.