What: TAMIS historical films at the Tennessee Theatre for East Tennessee History Fair
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Where: Tennessee Theatre

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Knox Co. Library press release:

TAMIS at the Tennessee to feature Patricia Neal, a young Andy Griffith, Knoxville's desegregation, and a tribute to John Ward on Saturday, August 18

As part of the East Tennessee History Fair, all screenings are free and open to the public

Press release after the break...

(Knoxville, TN - August 3, 2018) Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound will once again partner with the Tennessee Theatre to present a day of archival films as part of the annual East Tennessee History Fair on Saturday, August 18. The Theatre will open at 11:00 a.m. for an open house during which visitors can explore backstage. Films from the TAMIS vaults will be shown throughout the day, culminating with a screening of the 1957 feature film, A Face In The Crowd, starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal. The open house will resume during breaks at the top of each hour. The full schedule is listed below. All screenings are FREE and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

Schedule:
11:00 -- Open House

11:30 -- A Tribute to John Ward
TAMIS remembers broadcasting legend John Ward, beginning with a 1974 film capturing a busy day in the life of the “Voice of the Vols.” The 15-minute film follows Ward as he travels to Nashville to call a Tennessee football game, returns to Knoxville to call a Vols basketball game, records the weekly Bill Battle Show for television at the WATE studios, and conducts several radio interviews in between. On view is a rare short film made by local advertising firm Lavidge and Davis in the 1950s, featuring Ward giving a behind-the-scenes look at the firm’s studios. Rounding out the program will be vintage Vols footage, with clips from archival films of UT football games from the 1920s through the 1950s.

12:00 -- Open House

12:30 -- The Films of Walther Barth: New High Definition Transfers
The Dr. Walter Barth Collection of 16mm home movies will feature some of TAMIS's most unusual and interesting footage. Barth, a German native, began making 16mm home movies in 1927, capturing life in Germany and Europe before the rise of the Nazi regime. Barth emigrated to Binghamton, New York in the early 1930s, and eventually moved to Knoxville. He continued filming into the 1960s, capturing footage of East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains.

Audiences may notice the high quality of the Barth films. Several reels were recently given High Definition transfers courtesy of the New York University and BB Optics Film Lab for a presentation at the annual Orphans Film Festival by TAMIS co-founder, Louisa Trott.

1:00 -- Open House

1:30 -- Theaters Segregated in All-America City: Knoxville Desegregation Protests of the early 1960s
In the early 1960s, students at Knoxville College organized protests of segregated restaurants and movie theaters in Knoxville, which had recently been designated an “All-America City” by the National Civic League. In the spring and summer of 1963, one of the focal points for marches was the Tennessee Theatre, and for several weeks the Knoxville Police Department filmed protests there. Alongside WBIR news film, newspaper articles and archival interviews with Knoxville civil rights pioneers Robert Booker and the late Avon Rollins, this recently discovered footage provides a new view of crucial events in Knoxville’s history.

2:00 -- Open House

2:30 -- Happy Anniversary Tennessee Theatre! / Patricia Neal: We Knew Her as Patsy

TAMIS digs into the vault to find footage of the Tennessee Theatre throughout the years, including news coverage of the premiere of All the Way Home, based on James Agee’s novel A Death In The Family, and a circa 1970 look at the workings of the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Produced by Heartland Series’ Bill Landry and Doug Mills, We Knew Her as Patsy explores actress Patricia Neal’s unique relationship with Knoxville. Created as a tribute to Neal for the 2010 Knoxville High School Class of 1943 reunion, this is the first time the film will be screened for a general audience.

3:30 -- A Face In The Crowd
The feature event of TAMIS at the Tennessee is a special screening of director Elia Kazan’s 1957 classic, A Face in the Crowd, in a rarely seen 35mm archival film print. Andy Griffith's debut shows a different side of the actor than what most audiences remember from The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith stars as Lonesome Rhodes, a singing drifter who finds national fame and political influence through his charismatic appearances on radio and television. Rhodes is aided by a producer, played by Knoxville’s own Patricia Neal, who eventually comes to see the dark side of such power. (In a 2003 interview with the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Neal stated that this was the favorite of her films.) Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” the film’s reputation has continued to grow in the decades since its release.

A Face In The Crowd film print was preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Funding for this screening made possible by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

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