A new digital exhibition illuminates the making of ‘The March,’ a landmark documentary of the period, and the film’s creator, UO grad James Blue.
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the film is now the centerpiece of a major new digital project by UO faculty members, staff and students that digs deeper into Blue’s legacy to engage a new generation with the filmmaker’s work. Blue died in 1980 at age 49.
Read the Around the O article here.
Editor Max Giffin wrote a terrific story in the November-December, 2014 issue of 1859 on the importance of James Blue. In his Editor’s Letter preceding the story, Giffin writes: “There is almost a feeling of guilt for those of us who should have known about or known more about Oregon’s first Cannes Film award winner…His brother, Richard Blue, together with a small and dedicated staff at Special Collections in the University of Oregon Knight Library, is working to preserve and archive James Blue’s personal history.” Read the full article here.
The Houston Cinema Arts Society posted a blog entry by Richard Herskowitz on the connection between Houston and Oregon, and curatorial activities of the James Blue Project.
Fandor’s Keyframe Daily reports on the James Blue Project’s activities, including our posting of the complete A Few Notes on Our Food Problem in the website’s “Films” section, with supplementary materials.
Three UO Journalism and Communication students, supervised by Professor Daniel Miller, directed this new short film on James Blue and the arrival of his archive at the University of Oregon Libraries.
Gerald O’Grady talked with Paul Peppis of the Oregon Humanities Center the day he visited UO to introduce “The March” and launch the James Blue Tribute in Cinema Pacific’s Schnitzer Cinema series.
The Tribute to James Blue, curated by Richard Herskowitz for Cinema Pacific’s Schnitzer Cinema series, began with a visit by Gerald O’Grady with “The March” in November, 2013. This Schnitzer Museum press release announced that the series would culminate in April, 2014 during the annual Cinema Pacific film festival in Eugene and Portland.
Elizabeth Peterson, curator of moving images for UO Libraries, wrote this blog post in February, 2014 describing and featuring images of the arrival of the James Blue Archive at the University of Oregon.
Suzanne E.W. Gray writes for the Oregon Quarterly’s Spring 2014 issue about the rediscovery of James Blue, University of Oregon ’53 alum, at the University of Oregon today.