“"The continuous power of the moving image as both self-reflection and time machine is analyzed, dissected, and painstakingly pieced back together to present a narrative of the local film that becomes national and global in its interpretation. Martin L. Johnson presents a thousand faces as a movement of film history. … He has taken a footnote in the early days of the movies in the United States and given it the platform this scholarship deserves."
— Vanessa Toulmin, author of, Electric Edwardians: The Story of the Mitchell & Kenyon Collection
“"A significant contribution to the study of the history of American film practice [and] reception."”
— Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley author of, At the Picture Show: Small Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture