Film Fest at the Archives

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Film Fest at the North Carolina State Archives

Where: Room 208, 2nd floor, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C.

When: 10 AM – at least 2 PM, Oct. 26

The public is invited to a festival of films from the Non-Textual Materials Collection of the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The films document the life and times of ordinary North Carolinians from the 1930s-1970s. The first film will be shown at 10 AM and the films will continue until at least 2 PM, depending on the lengths of the films being show.

A more definitive schedule will be forthcoming, but a tentative schedule includes:

10: 00 AM – H. Lee Waters films of Durham, North Carolina, ca. 1937-1942
Silent films created by H. Lee Waters. Waters ran a Lexington, N.C. photography studio and began filming various communities during the Great Depression in order to supplement his studio income. After filming and editing, Waters would return to the communities to show his films at the local theater. There’s a short H. Lee Waters video on YouTube if you would like more information on the man and his films.

11: 15 AM  – Mr. William Wakes Up, ca. 1944-1947

The role and functions of local and state health agencies are described through the use of an imaginary character named Mr. Williams. Written by George Stoney and shot in Wayne and Duplin Counties and Raleigh, NC.  Introduction contains good aerial views and street scenes of downtown Raleigh and an unidentified smaller town.  The show includes some great footage of interiors of 1940’s restaurants, a food processing plant, inner-city areas, school children, teachers, nurses, at least two schools, farm scenes, a class of African American midwives, a North Carolina tuberculosis sanatorium, and a variety of public health personnel and facilities.  Topics addressed include early childhood preventative health care such as inoculations; public health concerns in agriculture, in industrial settings, in water purifications, and in public facilities such as schools; and prevention of epidemics and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and venereal diseases.

Time to be determined – Jockey’s Ridge for All the People, 1975-1976

The motion picture film documentary Jockey’s Ridge for All the People was made by Ronald Hagell in 1975-76 as a final production for a graduate (MA-Mass Communication) film making class at UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Radio, Television and Film. It was paid for by Save our Sand-dunes (SOS), an organization set-up by Carolista Fletcher Baum and the people of Nags Head, NC, to save Jockey’s Ridge and all its associated dunes from destruction by coastal developers.

Other films may be shown given time – see the North Carolina State Archives blog for more information.

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