Delmarva Roots film series opens 2013 with 'Howard Pyle and the Illustrated Story' Jan. 11

Documentary highlights life of Delaware's famous illustrator
December 28, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Milton Historical Society co-present Delmarva Roots, a three-part film series featuring films about Delmarva’s rich history. The first film event of the 2013 series takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, with a screening of “Howard Pyle & The Illustrated Story” at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton.

Admission for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at 302-645-9095, Ext. 1.

Howard Pyle (1853-1911), a Delaware treasure, was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers at a time when top illustrators were celebrities. This remarkable documentary reveals Pyle’s talents as prolific author, illustrator and teacher. It shows how Pyle established a new standard of excellence in turn-of-the-century American graphic art. Interviews with artists Jamie Wyeth and Darrell Warren ("Pirates of the Caribbean") uncover the many stylistic Pyle influences in painting, illustration and modern cinema.

The film was written, directed and produced by Wilmington native Paul Mento of Silver Hand Productions. Mento’s production studio is just three blocks from Pyle’s former studio. Mento will be present to share his filmmaking experiences.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit or call 302- 645-9095.



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