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Screening of “The Makings of You”

17 Sep

10463018_10153664839539184_4526092143378645314_nThe Washington University Libraries and American Culture Studies present a free outdoor screening of

The Makings of You

When: 7:30pm, Friday, October 2, 2015
Where: McMillan Courtyard (next to Mudd Field)
Danforth Campus, Washington University
Cost: Free (but bring your own blankets or seats)

Nothing happens until two people fall in love- and then the whole world changes. After establishing an acclaimed career as a music-video director of diverse talents ranging from Bon Iver to Barbra Streisand, Matt Amato returns to his hometown of St. Louis to shoot his feature debut. A poignant story of self-discovery, love, and loss, “The Makings of You” tells the story of Judy (Sheryl Lee of Twin Peaks fame) and Wallis (Jay R. Ferguson), who share a dissatisfaction with their own lives and an irresistible attraction to each other. Caught between the freedoms offered by Wallis and the demands of her troubled family, Judy struggles to reconcile the two. Deftly avoiding romantic clichés, “The Makings of You” is a classic love story rich in atmosphere–palpable summertime heat, lush music, and beautifully decaying surroundings.

Following the screening, we will have a Q&A with director Matt Amato.

In case of rain, the screening will be held in Olin Library, Room 142

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University Archives and Film & Media Archive material on exhibit at The Luminary

9 Sep

“The Marvelous is Free” is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis’ Black Artists’ Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community between the late 60s and early 70s. Exhibit curators Anthony Romero and Matt Joynt bring together a range of rarely seen objects, films, and ephemera from personal and institutional collections and present a landscape of art and activism that includes the Black Arts Movement, Queer Liberation, the struggle for Latina/o civil rights, and more.

Washington University Photographic Services Collection, Events, 1968 student protest (protest-68-359E-9)

Washington University Photographic Services Collection, Events, 1968 student protest (protest-68-359E-9)

The exhibit features some material from University Archives including photographs from WU student protests in 1968, a peace arm band and photographs from a Vietnam Moratorium event in 1969, material from the 1969-1970 yearbook, fliers from events around Vietnam and race relations and publications from the Students for a Democratic Society Records, and 1970s women’s publications from the Women’s Resource Center Records.  The exhibit also includes clips of interviews with Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez recorded for Henry Hampton’s series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts from the Film & Media Archive.

The opening reception is from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday September 11 at The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63118.  The exhibition will be on display Wednesdays – Saturdays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm each week until November 5, 2015.

–Information courtesy of The Luminary.  For more details, visit their website.

Image credit: Washington University  Photographic Services Collection, Events, 1968 student protest (protest-68-359E-9).

For more information on the Students for a Democratic Society Records, see the online finding aid.

For more information on the Women’s Resource Center Records, see the online finding aid.

For more information on the yearbooks, see the online finding aid.

For more information on the Washington University Photographic Services Collection, see the online finding aid.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis

10 Oct

Join us for Home Movie Day in St. Louis!

Washington University Film & Media Archive and the St. Louis Central Public Library hosts this 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.

The Center for Home Movies has released a new trailer to celebrate the event and home movies. Complied from home movies shown over the past 12 years the promo highlights what is special and unique about home movies.

Contrary to the stereotype of the faded, scratched, and shaky home movie image, the original films are often carefully shot in beautiful, vibrant color. Home Movie Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of these amateur films, during which people in cities and towns all over meet their local film archivists, find out about the archival advantages of film over video and digital media copies, and—most importantly—get to watch those old family films!

–Center for Home Movies [press release]

Still have questions about Home Movie Day? Watch this brief clip for more info.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held at St. Louis Central Public Library in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm. Film drop off will begin at noon.

For more information about this event, contact WU Film & Media Archive.
314-935-8679
wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

Summer Seminar at Washington University Libraries

31 Jul
Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Washington University Libraries and the African and African-American Studies Department at Washington University conducted a four-day seminar on July 22-25, 2014 for local middle and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

The African-American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era seminar was led by university faculty including Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies,  Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, and Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies (Saint Louis University), and provided an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s renowned special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" with seminar participants.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” with seminar participants.

In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city were discussed. The seminar also included a visit to the Missouri History Museum Library & Research Center and a screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, with a question-and-answer session conducted by Paul Fehler, producer, and Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist. Film & Media Archive, University Archives, and the Modern Graphic History Library staff also conducted sessions and introduced the participants to resources in the collections as well giving an overview of how to conduct archival research.

Participants

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

All photos by Alison Carrick.

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 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.