A Tribute to James Blue: THE MARCH and A FEW NOTES ON OUR FOOD PROBLEM

James Blue The March

The Northwest Film Center is pleased to join with the University of Oregon’s Cinema Pacific Film Festival, April 23-27 in Eugene, and the “What is Documentary?” Conference, April 24-26 in Portland, to present three programs of adventurous documentaries with special guest artists and speakers. Of special note during the larger program is a tribute to Oregon filmmaker James Blue with a curated gathering of visiting speakers in attendance.

Fifty years ago, Portlander and University of Oregon graduate James Blue directed a team of fourteen in documenting the landmark civil rights event The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Blue wrote and narrated the script and edited the footage, producing, in the words of preservation specialist Christina Kovac of the National Archives, “a visually stunning, moving, and arresting documentary of the hope, determination, and camaraderie embodied by the demonstration.” In 1962, Blue’s feature THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE, made in Algeria, won the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. (33 mins.)

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A FEW NOTES ON OUR FOOD PROBLEM
US 1968
DIRECTOR: JAMES BLUE
Blue served as director, scriptwriter, narrator, and editor for this visionary essay, made for the US Information Agency, that looks at the green revolution and the development of agricultural production on three continents. The documentary was shot in Taiwan, India, Uganda, and Brazil and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1968. (35 mins.)

 

Special guests Richard Blue, Gerald O’Grady, Christina Kovac, and Gill Dennis will introduce the program and talk about  Blue’s extraordinary legacy.

 

 

THE MARCH and A FEW NOTES ON OUR FOOD PROBLEM screen Friday, April 25 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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