T.D. Francis’s promising journalism career started soon after he graduated from Kings College School, in Britain, in 1911. He was one of the first staff journalists for one of the first, if not the first, successful weekly film and cinema trade journals in Britain: ‘The Cinema News and Property Gazette’. Published in London, ‘The Cinema News…’ informed and served the trailblazers who made, distributed, sold, and showed movies. It covered technology, film and cinema business issues, reviewed films, and also served as an industry directory of sorts. He was one of the pioneers of film and cinema journalism.
For perspective of timing:
The first feature-length film to be released in its entirety in the US was the 69-minute epic Dante’s Inferno (1911, It.) (aka L’Inferno), inspired by Dante’s 14th century poem The Divine Comedy. It opened in New York on December 10, 1911 at Gane’s Manhattan Theatre.
And it is in his honor that we present the T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest at DEFCON. We* are very passionate about movies and we wanted to bring something different to the already crazy world of DEFCON. And because DEFCON is so very eclectic, we’ve such a great group of creative minds that think outside the box. Making movies is about figuring out which rules to break and which ones to create. It’s about taking chances. It’s about showing a vision. This is the chance for filmmakers of all types, from complete n00bs, or students of film, to the semi-pro, to make a movie in a unique and exciting setting: DEFCON. There’s a lot of really great 48 hour type film contests but none of them happen at DEFCON.