Silent Movie Day! Oath of the Sword(1914) & BAAFF Preview Event

Fri Sep 29 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Blackman Auditorium | Boston

Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)
Publisher/HostBoston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)
Silent Movie Day! Oath of the Sword(1914) & BAAFF Preview Event
Celebrate Silent Movie Day: Newly restored The Oath of the Sword with a LIVE Orchestra, Panel Conversation & Preview of BAAFF!
About this Event

Presented by Northeastern University and Boston Asian American Film Festival

Celebrate SILENT MOVIE DAY and the upcoming 15th with a festival preview, screening of The Oath of the Sword (1914), and panel conversation!

The Oath of the Sword was produced in 1914 by a company described by Moving Picture World as the “first company in America to be owned, controlled and operated by Japanese.” Based in Los Angeles, the Japanese American Film Company was among several similar independent film companies established by Japanese during a period when the American film industry had yet to become Hollywood as we know it. The Oath of the Sword is the earliest known Asian American film production and illuminates a largely unknown chapter in American film history.

Join us for the East Coast premiere of this recently REDISCOVERED & RESTORED silent film treasure. Musical score arranged from period photoplay music, with additional original material, by Allen Feinstein. Orchestration for theatre orchestra by Allen Feinstein, Ben Green, and Jasmine Bryant.

Following the film will be a panel discussion with, , and , moderated by Susan Chinsen.

Read Northeastern Global New’s article about this film’s original premiere at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles . Visit the Northeastern event webpage here.

Film still courtesy George Eastman Museum.

Title Graphic from Motion Picture Magazine, January 1915.

Restored by the Japanese American National Museum and George Eastman Museum. Funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation. The digital restoration from a 35mm nitrate print and 35mm safety negative from the George Eastman Museum collection was completed at Eastman Museum Film Preservation Services and Colorlab.

DIRECTED BY: Frank Shaw. WITH: Tomi Morri, Miss Hisa Numa, Yutaka Abe. 1914. 31 min. USA. Tinted, B&W. Silent. English intertitles.


  • Dean’s Office College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Dean’s Office College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Asian American Studies
  • Art + Design Department
  • Music Department
  • Communications Department

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Avenue, Boston, United States


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