We wanted to thank all the support from calls to e-mails from everyone. We still have no idea where the monument is, or who took it. We are diligently investigating this tragic action.
We at Biograph feel that this monument signified not only the history of Hollywood, but it's Latino heritage in the Hollywood community.
Our best effort is to release to you our press release that gives the details surrounding the disappearance of the monument.
Monument Vanishes from Hollywood and Vine for ?First Movie in Hollywood?
Monument for ?First Movie in Hollywood? disappears.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2005 -- On May 6th, 2004, there was an amazing event for the dedication of the monument commemorating the first movie ever made in Hollywood back in 1910, ?In Old California? a Latino based film made by the Biograph Company.
Now, almost a year later, this historical monument is GONE! What happened to the monument remains a mystery.
the Los Angeles City Mayor?s office, as well as many civic and political people have been contacted in regards to the disappearance.
Thomas R. Bond, II (President/CEO of Biograph) ?We are shocked by the disappearance of this historical monument. Our political friends who helped support us as well are also amazed at what happened.?
Many of the monument?s supporters include Los Angeles City Mayor James K. Hahn, who proclaimed May 6th as ?Biograph Day? to commemorate the founding of Hollywood for the movie industry by Biograph, a State Senatorial Award presented by Senator Sheila Kuehl, and accolades from Congressman Henry Waxman.
Tommy Bond (Bond, II?s father) who is a Vice President in Biograph, and was the original ?BUTCH? in the Little Rascals states, ?We are devasted about the monument. This is ridiculous! A six-foot monument vanishes? Many good people put a lot of hard work so this historic film would finally be recognized. Its impact on Hollywood and its multi-cultural theme bridges time. It was significant not just being Hollywood?s first film, but the subject matter is about the Latinos in early in California?.
The movie is a drama of Mexico-owned California, and is an insight into the life and times of the history of Mexico, Spain, and Mexican-Americans in California. Since this was the subject matter chosen for the first movie in Hollywood, it shows the importance Latinos played in the beginning of Hollywood and the movie industry.
Biograph is one of the last truly independent film companies, involved in television and commercial production as well. Bond, II continues, ?It is hard to believe something like this could happen, and we thank all the many people for their calls and e-mails, and concern for the monument. They will not be forgotten.?
We will keep everyone up to date on our progress.
Frank Marks is Vice President/COO of the Biograph Company.