Founded in 1920 Jacksonville, Florida’s Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce films starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles, contrasting the derogatory roles offered by the era’s mainstream filmmakers. It is the last surviving studio complex from the River City’s heyday as a wintertime film production hub.
Calling the Mod Squad!
The day starts with a symposium from 9:30-11:00am at the Arlington Presbyterian Church. You’ll get the a bit of history on Arlington’s mid-century modern architecture boon. It all started with the 1953 opening of the Mathews Bridge, luring Jacksonville’s top architects across the river to design a few of their most noteworthy homes for Arlington clients.
Then, from 11am-4pm, you’re invited to take self-guided tours some of those homes. And be sure to stop by the Norman Studios for a look that goes a little further back in history to Jacksonville’s heyday as a silent film production hub.
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Regeneration in Digital Contexts
Indiana University’s Black Film Center/Archives recently landed a multi-million dollar grant to fund efforts to digitally preserve their archives, including the Richard E. Norman Collection. And this week, they’re kicking off the project with a two-day conference named for Norman’s 1923 film.
Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film features workshops, round table discussions and keynote addresses by some of the nation’s leading film history and preservation experts including Mike Mashon of the Library of America and Barbara Tepa Lupack, author of the new biography, Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking. The conference also includes a screening of The Flying Ace (1926), Norman’s most famous and only known surviving full-length feature film, as well as Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1919)
Play a Supporting Role in the Norman Studios
Love silent and classic film? Looking for a way to contribute something fantastic to the local film, cultural or historic preservation scene? The Norman Studios is building its cast of supporting stars to help further our initiatives. We’re looking for volunteer researchers, bloggers, film production crew, grantwriters, presenters and event planners and helpers. Click here to see how you can lend your talents to the Norman Studios’ big comeback!