Film & Media Archive

Highlighting Author and Activist James Baldwin

By Rose Miyatsu on February 27, 2018

James Baldwin was a leading literary voice of the civil rights movement. Over his career, he wrote over a dozen novels and essay collections as well as a handful of plays, short stories, and poems. He became very active in Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

By Alison Carrick on February 21, 2018

Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom fifty-three years ago on February 21, 1965. In 1994, Blackside, Inc. and ROJA Productions produced a full length biography of his life for American Masters. Many of the film materials created or gathered for this production are held by the Washin...

New Malcolm X Documentary Features Footage from Washington University Archives

By Rose Miyatsu on February 20, 2018

This February 26th, the Smithsonian Channel will be airing a new documentary about civil rights leader Malcolm X, the charismatic spokesperson of Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam. The documentary, titled The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X , is part of the Smithsonian Channel’s Lost Tapes series and highl...

‘More Than One Thing’ to screen this weekend

By Alison Carrick on February 9, 2018

More Than One Thing, A recently preserved film from Washington University Libraries’ collections will screen this weekend with The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at Kirkwood Public Library. Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive recently completed the preservation of the rare short fil...

Highlighting the Little Rock Nine Interviews

By Rose Miyatsu on February 1, 2018

This month, Special Collections Blog will be highlighting a few of our many collections on African American history. Some of our most interesting material comes from the Henry Hampton Collection and the interviews he conducted for his fourteen part PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. Eyes ...

Free Screening of ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’ Takes Place January 25

By Julie Hale on January 11, 2018

The next entry in the Henry Hampton Film Series, Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, will be screened on Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m. in Whitaker Hall Auditorium on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. The documentary film looks at the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the pla...

“Mean Streets” draws big crowds at the St. Louis International Film Festival

By Alison Carrick on December 18, 2017

For the second year in a row, Washington University Libraries partnered with Cinema St. Louis and others to present “Mean Streets,” a five-day program of both narrative and documentary works that show how film and television reflect problems within U.S. society, including the overt an...

Documenting WWI: The Harlem Hellfighters in Men of Bronze

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2017

As we continue to highlight collections related to America’s entry into WWI a century ago, we cannot neglect the seldom-told story of the African American regiment that fought on the front lines in France during the war. Known officially as the 369th combat regiment, these men from New York were ...

Scene from "For Ahkeem"

Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Screens Nov. 11 at St. Louis Film Festival

By Jody Mitori on November 8, 2017

The new documentary “For Ahkeem” follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton after she has been expelled from her public high school in North St. Louis and is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy by Judge Jimmie Edwards. The film is part of the free program “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divi...

“Never Been A Time,” to debut at the St. Louis International Film Festival

By Alison Carrick on November 3, 2017

“Never Been A Time,” a film by Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, will debut this Sunday, Nov. 5, 7:30 pm as part of the 26th annual St. Louis International Film Festival. This free screening ...