There is no identifying information for this photo at all. I have no real idea what’s going on other than it has something to do with film. I don’t know who they are.
But look at all that glorious hair!
Bonus: Is it just me or is this a little unnerving?
Looks like Santa is giving blood. What happens when you press the button?
The guy in the wild sweater and great hair is James Blue, former professor of film and a really good film maker in his own right. The photo is in the editing room at the media center. James died a rather premature death several years ago, a great loss to everyone who knew him. He was instrumental in attracting and keeping (while he was still alive) Dominique de Monil interested in working with Rice’s Art Department. He also attracted many of the top documentary film makers to come to campus and meet with his classes. It is too bad that you did not get to know him. I once had a part in one of his films where I was required to drink beer in Kay’s while the scene was shot over and over until I too was shot.
Thanks, Ron. I’ve certainly seen quite a few references to Blue in the archives but never any photos until now. I wonder if any of his films are archived somewhere.
I’ve never been inside Kay’s, by the way.
There is a very interesting documentary about James Blue here:
The documentary was made by Daniel Miller at the University of Oregon, which maintains a huge archive of Blue’s films (currently being digitized for placement online) and other material about his life. Here is Miller’s contact information:
Blue majored in Theater at the University of Oregon.
That’s fabulous! I’m on it.
And thank you!
Kay’s-“Where Rice People Meet”. If someone does not beat me to it, next time I’m in Houston, I’ll treat you to a beverage at Kay’s.
Pinned to the shelf with the cans of film is a sheet of paper that seems to be entitled, “A Free Woman.” On November 26, 1976, as part of a series of women’s films, the Rice Media Center showed a film called “A Free Woman: A Sad Comedy” (also called “A Free Woman” or “Strohfeuer”). This film by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta was made in 1972 and released in 1974. It was about a women in her thirties getting a divorce and struggling through menial jobs in a male-dominated world.
On the wall is an intriguing poster. The visible letters seem to be: “WOMEN ARE N… D….”
After a surprisingly short search, I’m going to ID that poster as “Women Are Not Chicks”.
This page says “poster by the Women’s Graphic Collective. From the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Archives, 1972-1994. © Women’s Graphic Collective”
That gives two dates of 1972 or later.
Thanks so much, Walter. I was wondering about that but didn’t know how to figure it out.
I ran a Google image search for “women are not poster”. Boom.