Archive | September, 2014

Screening of “A Regular Bouquet” and Q&A with Actor and Filmmaker Richard Beymer

26 Sep

Washington University Film & Media Archive hosted a screening of A Regular Bouquet, followed by a Q&A with actor and filmmaker, Richard Beymer on September 23. Best known for his roles as “Tony” in the film adaption of West Side Story (1961) and “Ben Horne” in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), actor Richard Beymer’s documentary film, A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer (1964) offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History. Beymer was one of the few filmmakers to spend significant time working with Freedom Summer volunteers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Footage from Beymer’s film was used in filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Summer (2014) and in episode five of Henry Hampton’s landmark series Eyes on the Prize, Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964). 

A Regular Bouquet is a unique film and primary document of Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Beymer worked alongside Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists, organizing and registering people to vote in rural Mississippi. The footage he captured shows the daily life of African-American Mississippians and the extreme poverty and deprivation of their surroundings along with the excitement of the young people attending the Freedom Schools and organizational meetings. Many thanks to Mr. Beymer for sharing his film and memories with the audience.

Washington University Film & Media Archive received a National Film Preservation Foundation Grant (NFPF) to preserve A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi SummerOnce the preservation state is complete, Washington University Film & Media Archive will create a digital copy which will be available to stream online.  A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer is an invaluable film for filmmakers, researchers, teachers, and historians, and we look forward to making it available to the public.

Actor and filmmaker Richard Beymer and audience during the Q&A following the screening of

Actor and filmmaker Richard Beymer and audience during the Q&A following the screening of “A Regular Bouquet.”

Risking Everything Exhibition

18 Sep

Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive presents a traveling exhibition from the Wisconsin Historical Society on Freedom Summer, Risking Everything. Through September 29, visitors can see the exhibit on Level One of Olin Library featuring materials selected from over 1,100 boxes of unpublished papers created by individual activists, community groups, and national organizations.

 Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the "Risking Everything" exhibition in Olin Library.


Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the “Risking Everything” exhibition in Olin Library.

The Wisconsin Historical Society also has a companion website for the exhibit that contains more detailed explanations and over 30,000 digitized primary documents and photos that can be viewed in their original context. All documents are from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s online archive of Freedom Summer records.

 Rudolph Clay, African & African American Studies Librarian, and Urban Studies Librarian speaks to students from the Confluence Preparatory Academy. — at Washington University Libraries - Olin Library.


Rudolph Clay, African & African American Studies Librarian, and Urban Studies Librarian speaks to students from the Confluence Preparatory Academy. — at Washington University Libraries – Olin Library.

Gathered during the mid-1960s, this collection is an incredible rich source of primary documents created by volunteers with the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC) and other activists who were engaged at the grass-roots level in the deep South during Freedom Summer. After Freedom Summer graduate students Bob and Vicki Gabriner, and Mimi Feingold Real who were studying at the University of Wisconsin saw an opportunity to create an archive that would document the extraordinary things they had seen and experienced working in the South. For more on the history of the collection, see this article.

 Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the "Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer" exhibition in Olin Library. — at Washington University Libraries - Olin Library.


Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the “Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer” exhibition in Olin Library. — at Washington University Libraries – Olin Library.

The Freedom Summer Records are a perfect companion to the Film Archive’s Henry Hampton Collection and the recently acquired Richard Beymer Collection both of which also have many primary source interviews, photographs, film, and documents relating to Freedom Summer.  An exhibit of material from these two collections, Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer can be viewed in the Grand Staircase Lobby & Gingko Room in Olin Library through October 25.

These three collections focus on activists and volunteers who may not have been famous but who were the backbone of the movement, including Amzie Moore, Unita Blackwell, Victoria Gray Adams, and the numerous students, volunteers, and courageous residents who dared to register to vote.

 

September Events at the Film & Media Archive

12 Sep
Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. Photo from the Richard Beymer Collection.

Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. Photo from the Richard Beymer Collection.

Commemorating Mississippi Freedom Summer

Washington University Film & Media Archive invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal time in American history.

Screening of A Regular Bouquet and Q&A with Actor Richard Beymer, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7pm, Etta Eiseman Steinberg Auditorium

A free screening of the short documentary film A Regular Bouquet  (1964), recently donated to the Film & Media Archive, and Q&A with filmmaker and actor Richard Beymer. Best known for his roles as Tony in the film adaptation of West Side Story (1961) and in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Beymer’s film, offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History.

 

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer Exhibition, Thru Oct. 25, Grand Staircase Lobby & Gingko Room, Olin Library

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1964’s Freedom Summer, this exhibit highlights primary source materials from the Washington University Libraries’ newly acquired Richard Beymer Collection and its inaugural Henry Hampton Collection.

Risking Everything Exhibition, Thru Sept. 29, Olin Library

A Freedom Summer traveling exhibit, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, featuring materials selected from over 1,100 boxes of unpublished papers created by individual activists, community groups, and national organizations.