A celebration of the James Blue Archive and a talk on film preservation will take place in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Representatives from the James and Richard Blue Foundation will be on hand to participate in the event. The event is hosted by UO Libraries and Cinema Pacific.
James Blue, a University of Oregon alumnus and award-winning independent filmmaker, is renowned for his socially engaged documentaries and teaching.
Following the brief celebration of the archive, Christina Kovac, supervisory motion picture preservation specialist at the National Archives, will discuss her work in preserving Blue’s films made for the U.S. government.
At 7 p.m., in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Lecture Room, ethnographic filmmaker and scholar David MacDougall will introduce and discuss Kenya Boran, the film he co-directed with Blue in 1970.
The April 23 event begins the second part of Cinema Pacific’s six-month tribute to James Blue. Additional events exploring Blue’s work and legacy are scheduled for April 24 in Eugene and April 25 and 26 in Portland. A complete schedule is at http://jamesblue.uoregon.edu/cinema-pacifics-tribute-to-james-blue/.
We previously highlighted the arrival of the James Blue Archive in this post here: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/scua/2014/02/24/arrival-of-james-blue-collection/.
Information about the larger James Blue Project, can be found here: http://jamesblue.uoregon.edu/. Included on this site is the newly released short documentary about Blue, “Discovering James Blue,” by faculty and students in the School of Journalism.