Libraries to Showcase Film Collection in ‘Jamestown through the Lens’

Posted: October 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Over the past year as part of the Jamestown 400 celebration, the University Libraries acquired copies of all available popular dramatic films related to Jamestown and associated topics, such as Pocahontas and Captain John Smith.

These films range from the 1908 silent film, “Pocahantas,” (sic) by the Edison Manufacturing Company to the 2005 “The New World,” which was filmed close to the original Jamestown site on Virginia’s middle peninsula.

Now the libraries will use this collection to examine how Jamestown, Pocahontas and Captain John Smith have been presented on film throughout the years in “Jamestown through the Lens: Myth and Reality,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

Martin Cohen, assistant professor emeritus of history and art history, and Gwendolyn K. White, doctoral student in history and art history, will show clips from the films and discuss them.

“It was important to acquire these films not just for this event, but also for the future benefit of Mason’s Film and Media Studies Program. We believe Mason will have one of the most complete dramatic film collections on this topic,” says University Librarian John Zenelis.

Studying films about Jamestown reveals how perceptions and attitudes about this important time in American history have been expressed through film over the years.

To attend, RSVP to librsvp@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2251.

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