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Film History: Lost and Found

October 10, 2019

Ohio State Newark Professor to Discuss How Aspects of the History of Film were Lost and Recovered.

Did you know that there was likely only one female filmmaker at the turn of the 19th century? Alice Guy Blaché was that first female filmmaker, and she created hundreds of films. Yet, until recently, she was unknown to the public. Also largely forgotten was Oscar Micheaux, an African American filmmaker from the 1920s. How does film history get lost and recovered? Dan Keller, associate professor of English, will discuss lost films and other aspects of film history that make it difficult to easily tell stories about the history of the film industry at an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture on Friday, October 25 at 10:15 a.m. in room #175 of the John. L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center.

“So many films have been lost, and when some are recovered, we get a glimpse of the larger story of film history. And the simple stories commonly told of that history are often wrong — which I think is a great place to start learning,” he noted.

Keller received his PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville in 2007. His areas of expertise include digital media studies, film studies, literacy studies, popular culture and rhetoric, composition and literacy.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community and answer questions. All talks are free and open to the public. The Warner Center is located at 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

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