Film Fest at the Archives

As part of North Carolina Archives Week, the public is invited to a festival of films from the Non-Textual Materials Collection of the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The films document the life and times of ordinary North Carolinians from the 1930s-1970s. The first film will be shown at 10 AM and the films will continue until at least 2 PM, depending on the lengths of the films being show.

All films will be shown in Room 208 on the second floor of the State Archives/Library Building.

A more definitive schedule will be forthcoming, but a tentative schedule includes:

10: 00 AM – H. Lee Waters films of Durham, North Carolina, ca. 1937-1942

Silent films created by H. Lee Waters. Waters ran a Lexington, N.C. photography studio and began filming various communities during the Great Depression in order to supplement his studio income. After filming and editing, Waters would return to the communities to show his films at the local theater. There’s a short H. Lee Waters video on YouTube if you would like more information on the man and his films.

11: 15 AM  – Mr. William Wakes Up, ca. 1944-1947

The role and functions of local and state health agencies are described through the use of an imaginary character named Mr. Williams. Written by George Stoney and shot in Wayne and Duplin Counties and Raleigh, NC.  Introduction contains good aerial views and street scenes of downtown Raleigh and an unidentified smaller town.  The show includes some great footage of interiors of 1940’s restaurants, a food processing plant, inner-city areas, school children, teachers, nurses, at least two schools, farm scenes, a class of African American midwives, a North Carolina tuberculosis sanatorium, and a variety of public health personnel and facilities.  Topics addressed include early childhood preventative health care such as inoculations; public health concerns in agriculture, in industrial settings, in water purifications, and in public facilities such as schools; and prevention of epidemics and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and venereal diseases.

Time to be determined – Jockey’s Ridge for All the People, 1975-1976

The motion picture film documentary Jockey’s Ridge for All the People was made by Ronald Hagell in 1975-76 as a final production for a graduate (MA-Mass Communication) film making class at UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Radio, Television and Film. It was paid for by Save our Sand-dunes (SOS), an organization set-up by Carolista Fletcher Baum and the people of Nags Head, NC, to save Jockey’s Ridge and all its associated dunes from destruction by coastal developers.

North Carolina Archives Week is an annual, week-long celebration of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. The events held during this week are a fun way to raise public awareness of the work of archivists and archival organizations. To find out more, visit the North Carolina Archives Week website or blog.

Other films that may be shown given time:

Tar Heel Family, 1949

Filmed in 1949 but released in 1951, the film documents North Carolina’s transition from an agrarian economy to an economy based more on industry, as well as this transition’s impact on the environment. It is a George Stoney film, produced by Southern Educational Film Production Service, Inc., for the N.C. Resource-Use Commission.  Photographed by Ray Marcato and Bob Gordon; music by Ledford Carter.

H. Lee Waters film of Albemarle, North Carolina, ca. 1940

Silent film created by H. Lee Waters. Footage includes Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Doughton, located in Morrow Mountain State Park near Albemarle, NC; many children, some eating ice cream cones and smoking; men smoking, newspaper printing, type setting, etc., at the Stanly News; Coca Cola trucks, the Auton Wolfe Motor Company; a three-wheeled “trike” motorcycle; and general city/town views including babies, woman, men, cars, local businesses, etc.

H. Lee Waters Films of Hillsborough, North Carolina, January 19-20, 1937 and October 16-17, 1939

Silent films created by H. Lee Waters.