Although short-lived, the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society, founded in April 1929, was the first such organization in Canada, and made three feature-length films in less than two years. This included A Race for Ties, the first amateur feature-length film in Canada. To read the story of this unique organization, its films, and the role of Dorothea Mitchell, Canada's first independent female filmmaker, please visit

Dorothea Mitchell (The Lady Lumberjack), was the first female independent filmmaker in Canada, and The Fatal Flower was her final film. In only two years, (1929-1930), Dorothea Mitchell and the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society produced three feature-length films in what is now Thunder Bay, Ontario. The historical importance of the films made by the Port Arthur Cinema Society is second to none.


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- About the ACS logo -

The ACS graphic, with art-deco-styled film reels, and cameraman caricature, appears at the head of the motion picture film "Sleep-Inn Beauty," the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society's second film. With permission, the logo was scanned and refined using computer software. The final result is a stunning illustrative graphic of the 1929 Amateur Cinema Society logo. To celebrate the films and the filmmaker, has created a commemorative t-shirt emblazoned with the ACS logo.

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