Thu, Sep 23 | 2021 Arizona Author Series

2021 Arizona Author Series: Jennifer Jenkins "Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest"

Professor Jennifer Jenkins will present a talk, "Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest" as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2021 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 23rd, and will be held virtually on Zoom.
2021 Arizona Author Series: Jennifer Jenkins "Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest"

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Sep 23, 1:00 PM
2021 Arizona Author Series

About the Event

Professor Jennifer  Jenkins will present a talk, "Western Ways Film Service and the  Invention of the Postwar Southwest" as part of the State of Arizona  Research Library’s 2021 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m.,  Thursday, September 23rd, and will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees  are encouraged to register below to receive the link to the  presentation. After the talk, there will be time for questions from the  audience.

Charles and Lucile Herbert brought the  first motion picture sound gear into Arizona in the summer of 1929,  tasked with filming the “Baby State” and testing Fox Movietone’s new  sound-on-film technology. After that two-week stint, the Herberts would  travel the world for Movietone and Magic Carpet, finally settling in  Tucson in 1936. At its busiest, the Western Ways Film Service ran studio  portrait, aerial photography, news photo, photo-story, and motion  picture divisions out of an adobe building in downtown Tucson. In this  presentation, Professor Jenkins will discuss the career of the Herberts  and show how their films of Arizona and Sonora shaped the image of the  region in the popular imagination.

Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of  Literature and Film and Research Social Scientist in the Southwest  Center at the University of Arizona. She is active in the moving image  archives community, and founded Home Movie Day Tucson and the Tombstone  Home Movie Project. She leads an NEH-funded project to repatriate  midcentury educational films about Native peoples of the Southwest  through recording new, culturally competent narrations from within the  communities represented. This project is publicly accessible at Tribesourcingfilm.com. Her book, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Films and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest (UArizona Press, 2016) examines the careers of independent news feature  filmmakers Charles and Lucile Herbert. Her current project is Screening Americans: Cinema and Citizenship at WRA Camps and Los Alamos, 1942-46, a  study of the films shown to sequestered populations at Japanese  internment camps in Arizona and the atomic research reserve at Los  Alamos, NM.

This event is part of the  2021 Arizona Author Series. This program is supported by the Arizona  State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the  Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and  Library Services.

Arizona Center for the Book, a Library of Congress Center for the Book Affiliate.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

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