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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.”

Rawstock Screening Night

2 May

The Washington University Visual Media Research Lab presented our second Rawstock event at Melt on Cherokee on April 25, 2014. A free archival screening night with gems from deep within the vaults of Washington University Libraries, including highlights from the Harry Wald Collection, the Dana Brown Collection, and the Educational Film Collection.

Thanks to Melt for hosting the event!

Irene Taylor, Film and Media Cataloging and Preservation Archivist  operates a 16mm projector.

Irene Taylor, Film and Media Cataloging and Preservation Archivist operates a 16mm projector.

Rawstock at Melt - April 2014

Rawstock at Melt – April 25, 2014

 

Photos by Alison Carrick.

RAWSTOCK Film Screening

21 Mar

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The Washington University Visual Media Research Lab presents RAWSTOCK, a free archival screening night where anything goes!

Join us as we unearth the rarest treasures hidden deep within the vaults of Washington University Libraries. From educational films to burlesque acts, there’s no telling what we will find!

2712 Cherokee St.

St. Louis, MO 63118

Friday, April 25 ~ 8 p.m.

Check our Facebook event page for updates: http://on.fb.me/1d16Qim

For any questions contact the Film & Media Archive at wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu or 314-935-8679.

 

 

Out of the Vault

24 Jan

The Visual Media Resource Laboratory (VMRL) and Department of Special Collections hosted an open house Thursday, January 16 in Olin Library. A wide array of print resources and digital collections—many of them new—were on display in various public areas of Level 1. Curators, archivists, and other staff were on hand to discuss the resources, answer questions, or lead activities.

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Some highlights from the event were a photo booth with a green screen where participants could create photos of themselves using images from the Sharepoint database with images from the collections.

Visitors had a chance to access newly digitized resources, now available online, including:

  • Full transcripts and video footage of nearly 150 interviews conducted for The Great Depression, a documentary by the same filmmakers who produced Eyes on the Prize. The documentary featured a tiny fraction of these fascinating interviews with people from all walks of life. This new resource, never before available, offers much more.
  • An extensive digital exhibition about William Gass,celebrated author of fiction and literary criticism and WU professor emeritus of philosophy. The exhibition focuses on his education, military service, teaching career, and literary achievements.
  • A digital exhibition about James Merrill, an influential, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who left his manuscripts and many other personal items to WU.
  • A photo booth, where participants learn about the library’s image database and have a photo taken of themselves in a historic image from our collections.

Displays in the flat cases at the entrance to Olin Library, including:

  • Fashion Design Program Records of WU fashion shows and student designs, now held in University Archives.
  • A sampling of materials from Rare Books and Manuscripts, with more on display in the Department of Special Collections.
  • Samplings of materials from the collections of the Modern Graphic History Library (MGHL), an archive of 19th- and 20th-century illustrations.
  • Giveaways of buttons featuring images from WU’s special collections.
  • World War I posters from the newly acquired Louis and Jodi Atkin collection. Vote to determine which poster will be the first to be displayed for an extended period of time.
  • An exhibition—In Character: The Life and Legacy of Mary Wickes—continues in the Grand Staircase Lobby and Ginkgo Room. Wickes, a famous character actress, was a WU alumna whose scripts, correspondence, photos, and other memorabilia are in University Archives.
  • A continuing exhibit of miniature books from the Julian Edison Collection.
  • The opportunity to visit the Department of Special Collections to view materials on display there.

RAWSTOCK at Melt

3 Jan

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The Washington University Visual Media Research Lab presents RAWSTOCK, a free archival screening night where anything goes!

Friday, January 17 at 8:00pm

Join us as we unearth the rarest treasures hidden deep within the vaults of Washington University Libraries. From educational films to burlesque acts, there’s no telling what we will find!

Free and open to the public. Contact the Film & Media Archive with any questions.

Grace Kelly’s Home Movies

18 Oct

Home Movie Day in St. Louis, hosted by Washington University Film & Media Archive and the St. Louis Central Public Library, will take place on October 26, 2013 at the St. Louis Central Public Library from 1 pm to 3 pm.

In anticipation of the event, here is a short clip of Grace Kelly’s home movies featuring her co-star and friend, Cary Grant.

Join us and bring your home movies on 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS, or DVD to screen. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held at the St. Louis Central Public Library in the Creative Experience room from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Contact the Film & Media Archive (wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu or 314-935-8679) for information about including your home movies in the program.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis, October 20, 2012

19 Oct

Many filmmakers began making films with a Regular 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm movie camera. In 1967, a young David Lynch made a 16mm home movie of his friend and mentor, Bushnell Keeler and his brother Dave Keeler. At this time, Lynch was studying to be a painter, but he already showed a flair and talent with film. This early film by Lynch is another example of why home movies are so rare and valuable.

Come join us this Saturday, October 20 from noon to 3 pm as Washington University Film & Media Archive hosts the annual Home Movie Day, an international event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD home movies. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies.

Washington University Film & Media Archive will be debuting a recently preserved film at Home Movie Day featuring the only known footage of the influential writer, editor, and critic, Ford Madox Ford, the George T. Keating Home Movie featuring Ford Madox Ford. We are proud to present this unique and never before seen footage of Ford Madox Ford which was preserved with a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant.

Contact the Film & Media Archive (wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu or 314-935-8679) for information about including your home movies in the program.