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Behind the Scenes at the “Flying A” – A talk by Betsy J. Green
September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
By 1912, the Chicago-based American Film Company (The Flying A) was best known for shooting one-reel westerns around the southwest. In 1912 they settled in Santa Barbara and within a year had built one of the most impressive studios on the coast.
Spreading their wings, the Flying A became of one the largest employers while attracting some of the industry’s top directors, actors, and writers. From historic adobes to magnificent mansions, sandy beaches to mountain peaks, their cameras cranked out over 1,000 westerns, dramas, and comedies projecting visions of Santa Barbara on theater screens around the world.
About the Speaker
Betsy J. Green began her writing career while working as an editor at Reader’s Digest and World Book Encyclopedia before switching to freelance writing and publishing. She is the author of 10 history books, and also writes The Great House Detective column for the Santa Barbara Independent.