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February 13, 2018 > Talkie fundraiser explores haunted locations

Talkie fundraiser explores haunted locations

Submitted By Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

Northern California?s wine country is haunted. And its haunted locations are well represented in Tom Wyrsch?s latest documentary feature films. ?Haunted Wine Country? and ?Haunted Sonoma County? are historical journeys across three counties ? Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino ? told by historians, ghost hunters, and local residents. Visit dozens of haunted locations and discover their history and ghost story when Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum presents a Sunday Talkie Fundraiser Matinee at the Edison Theatre on February 18.

For more than a century, the natural beauty of Northern California's wine country has drawn people from across the globe. But among the hardworking residents who made their homes there more than a century ago lurked a seedy and dangerous element: gamblers, thieves, prostitutes, murderers ? even pirates. Death or ruin traveled with them. And long after committing their untoward deeds, the spirits of many remain there roaming the hillsides, frightening current residents, and turning this otherwise serene area into Haunted Wine Country. Paranormal experts, authors, historians, ghost hunters and gifted psychics recount the area's ghostly tales and describe their personal experiences. ? Laurie Jacobson, ?Hollywood Haunted.?

California's Sonoma County has a fascinating history that stretches back more than a century. Most everyone knows it for the acres of vineyards that make up part of the region's award-winning wine production. Sonoma County wines are known the world over. But until now, its ghosts have been kept a secret. Their stories, revealed here for the first time, paint a unique portrait of the area and its colorful residents. Wailing women, dark shadows, ladies in white ? it's a secret no more: Sonoma County is haunted.

This double-bill will be presented by Tom Wyrsch, who spent more than two years making the films. There will be a Q&A with Wyrsch after each screening.

The event is a special fundraiser for the Napa and Sonoma fire survivors. All ticket proceeds from the museum and the filmmaker will be donated to non-profits working with the families displaced by the fires.

For more information or to get the link to buy advance tickets, please contact or leave a message for Rena at (510) 494-1411 Email is preferred. Get your tickets in advance through PayPal at

Sunday Talkie Fundraiser Matinee
Sunday, Feb 18
2 p.m.: Haunted Wine Country
4 p.m.: Haunted Sonoma County
Edison Theater
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(510) 494-1411
Each Film: $8, $6 museum members
Double Feature: $15, $11 museum members

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