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 film More Than One Thing (1969). The project was completed with the support of a Basic Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). Footage from the film was used extensively in the award-winning documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011), co produced by Brian Woodman, Film & Media Curator at WU Libraries, will provide an introduction to the films and participate in a Q&A.
Viewers will get the chance to see this rare short film from 1969, and The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at a free screening at the Kirkwood Public Library , Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m.
More Than One Thing, directed by Washington University MFA student Steven Carver, tells of the dreams and aspirations of Billy Towns, an African American teenager growing up in the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project. The film features gorgeous black and white imagery of Pruitt-Igoe and the surrounding environment, as well as the personal reflections of young Billy via narration. The Archive houses the only existing prints of the film, donated by the filmmaker and now part of the Steve Carver Collection. The preservation project resulted in the generation of a 16mm duplicate negative, 16mm full-coat magnetic track, 16mm negative optical track, 16mm composite print, a digital HD transfer, and a Blu-ray access copy.
Carver went on to a successful career in filmmaking and photography, directing such movies as Big Bad Mama (1974) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). Carver now owns and operates Image Studios Lab & Darkroom in Los Angeles.