Local History through the Camera Lens

[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Announcement for the event: North Carolina's Past Through The Films of Century Film Studios

Come see campaign coverage of Governors Bob Scott, Dan K. Moore, James E. Holshouser, Jr., Terry Sanford, and Jim Hunt; sponsored films for NC law enforcement agencies, the Boy Scouts, and the North Carolina State Fair; commercials for the Record Bar, Mt. Olive Pickles, and Duke’s Children’s Classic golf tournament and a host of other topics (even NC State Football!) that the Century Film Studios in Raleigh produced between the 1950s and 1980s! These films and more will be showcased on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2015, at a special screening and discussion event at NCSU’s Hunt Library.

What: Local History through the Camera Lens

When: Oct. 13 / 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the NCSU campus

1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27608

More: https://www.facebook.com/events/643812085754446/ and https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/north-carolina%E2%80%99s-past-through-films-century-film-studios

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/133205518

The Century Film Studio Collection is part of the AV Materials holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina. Century Film Productions (AKA Century Studios; Century Films) was a Raleigh-based film studio owned and operated by O.B. (Ollie) and Lynn Garris. O.B. Garris, who also worked during his career at WNAO and WRAL, was a prolific cameraman, photographer, and filmmaker, and his work provides a rare opportunity to peek at media production from the 50s-80s and see some of the Triangle area and North Carolina in that era. The State Archives was very fortunate to have benefited from the expertise of film archivist Melissa Dollman, who processed the collection at the Archives, secured grant funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation to have two of the films restored, and has continued to do extensive research on the collection.

Melissa Dollman will discuss her research on the Century Films and the phenomenon of local media production along with Dr. Devin Orgeron, associate professor of Film Studies at NC State, Kim Andersen of the State Archives of North Carolina (and NC State alumnus), and Skip Elsheimer, film collector and owner of A/V Geeks (and also an NC State alumnus).

This program, a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries, NC State’s Department of English, the State Archives of North Carolina, and A/V Geeks, is free and open to the public. It will be fun for the whole family. Please bring your parents and grandparents. They might recognize things we don’t! They might even see themselves!

Please contact Kim Andersen (kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov) if you have questions.