1920s Silent Film Featuring Annie Wright is Rediscovered

"Eyes of the Totem," a silent movie filmed around Tacoma featuring shots of Annie Wright Seminary in 1926, has been found and will be re-released in September.

The film was produced by the legendary filmmaker WC Van Dyke through Weaver Studios near Titlow Beach. The addition of sound to motion pictures marked the decline of Weaver, and the film was lost until historian Lauren Hoogkamer found it at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which houses a collection of Van Dyke's films. "Eyes of the Totem" was among these but hadn't been viewed in nearly 90 years.

The plot involves a young woman who moves to Tacoma with her husband and daughter and involves tragedy, mystery and suspense, not to mention the daughter's enrollment in a certain seminary for girls!
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827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.