Orson Welles: Beyond the Canon and into the Archives
Exhibition Runs April 29 - September 16
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Gallery (Room 100) & Audubon Room
This student-researched exhibit -- marking the centenary of Orson Welles, one of
America's greatest directors of film, theater, radio, and television -- highlights letters, photographs, scripts, and production materials culled from the University of Michigan's extensive Orson Welles archives. The library's Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of three American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: John Sayles, Robert Altman, and Orson Welles.
Wellespring: A Centenary Celebration of the Inexhaustible Inspiration of Orson Welles --
Too Much Johnson, a Play Reading with Original Film Footage
Sunday, June 7
Detroit Film Theater, Detroit Institute of Arts
The recent rediscovery of the film Orson Welles shot in 1938 for his stage production of Too Much Johnson was widely reported -- and generated considerable international enthusiasm. What was lost in the excitement of seeing Welles's "first" professionally produced film seventy-five years later, however, was the fact that this footage did not exactly constitute a film; rather, it was made to serve as one component of a multimedia theatrical production. This event aims to return a part of this footage to resemble its original context by presenting it as Welles intended it -- as a screened prologue for a stage play accompanied by music. To approximate this experience, the footage of the film Welles himself shot and edited for the prologue will be screened, accompanied by the music of Little Bang Theory and narrated excerpts of Welles's Too Much Johnson script. Recent University of Michigan Screen Arts & Cultures alumnus Vincent Longo, who "rediscovered" Welles's original script, will be the narrator of the screening/reading and provide a brief historical introduction.
This event is generously supported by the sponsors of the symposium; please see the full list under the symposium event description.
Wellespring: A Centenary Celebration of the Inexhaustible Inspiration of Orson Welles -- Screenings
Sunday, June 7 through Wednesday, June 10
Detroit Film Theater, Detroit Institute of Arts; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Times Vary -- Please See Schedule Below
Screenings are a part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival; tickets are required. For a brief summary of the films listed below, please click here.
Sunday, June 7: Detroit Film Theater; DIA
3:45 p.m. -- Chimes at Midnight (a.k.a Falstaff, 1965)
Monday, June 8: Michigan Theater
4:00 p.m. -- The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
7:00 p.m. -- The Unknown Orson Welles, Program 1 (a collection of excerpts from some of Welles's unfinished films)
9:30 p.m. -- Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report, 1955)
Tuesday, June 9: Michigan Theater
4:00 p.m. -- Othello (1952)
7:00 p.m. -- The Unknown Orson Welles, Program 2 (a second collection of unfinished or little-known work by Welles along with a presentation by Stefan Droessler, curator of the Munich Film Museum).
9:30 p.m. -- Touch of Evil (1958)
Wednesday, June 10: Michigan Theater
4:00 p.m. -- It's All True (Welles, Wilson, Krohn, Meisel, 1993)
7:00 p.m. -- Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (Chuck Workman, 2014)
9:30 p.m. -- F for Fake (1973)
Wellespring: A Centenary Celebration of the Inexhaustible Inspiration of Orson Welles -- Symposium
Monday, June 8 - Tuesday, June 9
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Times Vary -- Please See Schedule Below
Maverick filmmaker and actor Orson Welles, director of what many consider the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane, is the subject of this symposium in celebration of his centenary. Family members and colleagues, scholars, archivists, and students come together to discuss his lasting impact and showcase the five Welles archive collections housed at U-M Library in Special Collections. All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.
Monday, June 8
1:00 p.m. -- Opening Remarks
Opening remarks by Catherine Benamou, Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at University of California, Irvine. Benamou was instrumental in the acquisition of various Welles materials by U-M Library.
1:30 p.m. -- Donors and the Archive: Christopher Wilson
Christopher Wilson, who donated his father's, Richard Wilson's, papers to U-M, will discuss his father's longtime friendship and professional relationship with Welles and his own relationship with his father.
3:00 p.m. -- Donors and the Archive: Oja Kodar
Oja Kodar shares her memories of her life with Orson Welles and the importance of creating an archive dedicated to his work.
4:30 p.m. -- Rededication Ceremony
A celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Orson Welles-Oja Kodar Collection and the Richard Wilson-Orson Welles Collection.
Tuesday, June 9
10:00 a.m. -- Scholarship and the Archive
This panel, consisting of two generations of scholars, presents work that originated from research done within the various Welles collections at U-M Library. For a complete list of panelists, click here.
2:30 p.m. -- Legacy and the Archive
This panel discusses how the legacy of Orson Welles has been shaped in various media thirty years after his death.
For a complete list of panelists, click here.
Symposium is sponsored by the University of Michigan Screen Arts & Cultures Dept., the SAC Screenwriting Program, the University of Michigan Library, The College of LS&A, the Department of American Culture, the Institute for the Humanities, Rackham Graduate School, the University of Michigan Office of Research, the Dept. of English Language and Literature, and the Michigan Theater.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED PHOTO
photo credit Mary Lou Chlipala
Congratulations, Class of 2015! We are so proud of your accomplishments, and we wish you the best of luck as you "transition" into your "feature presentations." Please keep us updated on your new adventures -- we will miss you!
Congratulations to This Year's Recipients of the Sydney J. Winer Scholarship Award for Internship Support
The Sydney J. Winer Scholarship Award was created to help defray the cost of an internship in the entertainment industry and, more importantly, to give Screen Arts students a real, professional perspective in the complicated and demanding film and television world. Congratulations to this year's winners:
We wish you the best of luck on your internships this summer!
Congratulations to the SAC Honors Cohort of 2015-16!
SAC would like to congratulate the following students for their recent acceptance into the SAC Honors Program for next year:
We can't wait to work with you and see what you "produce"!