Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize

11 Jan
Henry Hampton and Marian Wright Edelman during the filming of her interview for "Eyes on the Prize II"

Henry Hampton and Marian Wright Edelman during the filming of her interview for “Eyes on the Prize II”

Please join us for a talk,

Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize

by Nadia Ghasedi, Film & Media Archivist,

Sunday January 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

at The Heights center in Richmond Heights

Nadia Ghasedi, Film & Media Archivist, will present a talk, Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, as part of the centennial celebration of the city of  Richmond Heights.  Henry Hampton (1940-98) was a St. Louis native and 1961 graduate of Washington University. In 1968, he established his Boston-based company Blackside, Inc., which quickly became the largest African-American-owned film production company of its time. Hampton’s works chronicle the 20th century’s great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.

Best known of Hampton’s 60-plus major film and media projects is the 14-part series Eyes on the Prize which ran in primetime on PBS stations in the 1980s and 1990s. Twenty years after its release it is still considered the definitive work on the Civil Rights Movement. The series garnered international acclaim winning more than 20 major awards and attracting over 20 million viewers. The Boston Globe praised the series as “one of the most distinguished documentary series in the history of broadcasting.” Those sentiments were echoed again when Eyes on the Prize was re-broadcast in the fall of 2006, attracting a new generation of viewers.

All the materials used and created during the making of Eyes on the Prize as well as Blackside’s other works now reside at the Washington University Film & Media. Learn more about Hampton’s legacy and the current preservation of his collection.

In addition an exhibition highlighting Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize will be on display at The Heights (8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO 63117) for the next month.

Nadia Ghasedi, Film & Media Archivist, has worked at Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive for over five years. Prior to her current position, she served as the Archive’s Cataloging & Preservation Archivist. In addition to overseeing the Archive, Ms. Ghasedi is currently the Principal Investigator for the Eyes on the Prize Preservation Project, a four-year project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to complete the film preservation of Part 1 of the award-winning documentary series and all associated interview outtakes. She is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Missouri Library Association, and the Association of St. Louis Area Archivists. Ms. Ghasedi holds a MA in Information Science & Learning Technologies with an Emphasis in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia; a Certificate in Film Preservation from the L. Jeffrey School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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