MIRC footage may be coming to a town near you! Look for us this month in Florida, Arkansas, Washington DC, and of course, Columbia, SC. Here’s what you need to know about upcoming screenings and exhibits that highlight material from our collections:
At 5:30 pm on October 16th in the Hollings Library Program Room, Professor Bobby Donaldson, USC PhD candidate Ramon Jackson, and MIRC Newsfilm Curator Greg Wilsbacher will present “Bearing Witness: Documenting Columbia’s Civil Rights History,” a program of film clips drawn from Moving Image Research Collections’ rich Local Television Newsfilm Collections. These rarely-seen moving images bring to life Columbia’s important–but often neglected–role in Civil Rights history. Drawing connections between MIRC’s news footage and archival materials from the South Caroliniana Library, Richland Public Library, the State Newspaper Archives, and personal manuscripts from surviving Civil Rights activists, Donaldson, Jackson & Wilsbacher will tell a nuanced story of the quiet triumphs and sometimes troubling legacies of Columbia past.
Currently on display in the Hollings Special Collections library is an incredible exhibit of materials from a new MIRC collection. “From Omaha to St. Lo: Bob Blair, Movietone and the Battle of Normandy,” reconnects select footage of World War II in the Fox Movietone News Collection with the papers and artifacts of Moving Image Research Collection’s recently acquired Bob Blair Collection. Following the path of Bob Blair from his assignment to the European Theater of Operation, through his arrival on the shores of Omaha Beach shortly after D-Day, to the fall of Cherbourg and the hedgerow battles around St. Lo, the exhibit defines, in space and time, the image-making events of one particular news cameraman during one of the most dramatic periods of the war.
The exhibit, displayed in the Brittain Gallery of the University Libraries’ Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, runs through October 31st. Special Parents Weekend tours will be held on October 5th at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30. Learn more about Bob Blair and the new collection here.
For those visiting the new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the National Postal Museum, be sure to look for the Amelia Earhart exhibit. The program was created by Richard Lewis Media Group, and includes archival footage of Miss Earhart from the Fox Movietone News collection. Read more about the gallery here.
The golf documentary Before Babe: The Women Who Changed Golf, by Nancy Kapitanoff, also features archival footage from MIRC’s Fox Movietone News collection. The sixteen-minute documentary uses archival footage, photographs, and newspapers to highlight the female golfers of the 1920s who changed the way women played the sport and paved the way for Babe Didrikson Zaharias and the other women who would eventually establish the LPGA.
Before Babe will screen at the Hot Springs Film Festival, October 11-20, as part of the McKinnis Sports Documentary Series. It will also be showing at the Orlando Film Festival Sports Shorts program on October 17th and 18th. For more information, or to view the trailer, visit http://www.beforebabe.com/.
Last, but certainly not least, a selection of home movies from the MIRC collections will screen at the Home Movie Day event at the Nickelodeon Theatre on October 19th. The free, family friendly event goes from 9am to 2pm, and will feature archival films from MIRC before a juried screening of local home movie submissions. Details about the event and how to submit a film can be found here.