Fall ’21 and spring ’22 screenings for Ghosts of Lost Futures

Curator and artist, Mike Morris, and his collaborators on the experimental videos, Ghosts of Lost Futures, have been busy with additional screenings of this program of works. Ghosts premiered at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Horchow Auditorium on May 22 with ten works by ten experimental video artists commissioned to re-interpret film footage from the WFAA Newsfilm archive. The footage from the Hamon’s G. William Jones Video and Film Archive was selected from 1970 to recognize the year of the archive’s establishment. Due to COVID, the first screening was postponed over one year later.

Since this screening at the DMA, Ghosts was in the line-up of screenings for the Experimental Response Cinema, sponsored by the Austin Film Society, on November 8. Organized by the artist and program participant, Liz Rhodda, Mike Morris attended virtually to answer questions from a large audience.

Flyers for Archive Fever
Promotional collage assembled by Craig Baldwin for Archive Fever program, San Francisco’s Other Cinema

On November 20, selected works from Ghosts screened with other video works at San Francisco’s Other Cinema’s annual Archive Fever program. Selected films were:

Curt Heiner – The Stars of Texas Shine Tonight

Lisa McCarty – Undelivered Remarks

Zak Loyd – Deep River / Ocean of Storms 

Angelo Madsen Minax – Stay with me, the world is a devastating place

Marwa Benhalim – The Void Remembers

This spring, the video works will be featured at another experimental film festival, Experiments in Cinema, in Albuquerque. The dates for this screening have yet to be slated. Please check the EIC website for screening updates. The selections of videos will include:

Curt Heiner – The Stars of Texas Shine Tonight

Lisa MCarty – Undelivered Remarks 

Tramaine Townsend – FRAMES.-DALLUS 

Zak Loyd – Deep River / Ocean of Storms 

Angelo Madsen Minax – Stay with me, the world is a devastating place

Liz Rodda – Amid Flowers, Crowns, and Tears 

Marwa Benhalim – The Void Remembers 

Blog post: Mike Morris, curator and artist; and Beverly Mitchell, Assistant Director, Hamon Arts Library

Remixing the News – KERA’s Frame of Mind & the Jones Film & Video Collection event

Join the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection for an advanced screening of an upcoming episode of KERA’s Frame of Mind – Remixing the News on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 pm in the O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center, SMU. This long-running, local series features a collection of independent documentaries and shorts highlighting Texas-based artists and filmmakers working just outside of the mainstream. The program, now in its 25th year, is produced, curated, and hosted by artistic director for the Video Association of Dallas, Bart Weiss, and it offers a platform to creators whose work and vision might never be seen.

This particular episode of Frame of Mind features work by local artists, including Moving Image Curator for the Jones Collection, Jeremy Spracklen, and former adjunct instructor at SMU, Michael Morris. Culled from over 100 hours of 16mm footage from the Jones Collection’s WFAA Newsfilm archive, these shorts reappropriate, recontextualize, and deconstruct media images of the 1960s and 1970s as a way to not only understand the radical cultural and historical shifts of this tumultuous era, but also to spotlight how the media processes and presents these changes.  

Following the screening, Weiss will host a Q & A with several of the contributing artists to discuss their work.

Films and filmmakers include:

2,000 Hours in Dallas by Jeremy Spracklen

The Story of Jane X by Christian Vasquez

Dallas Circle by Justin Wilson

Lawmen & Cowpokes by Gordon K. Smith

History Lessons by Steve Baker

Beyond 10 by Carmen Menza

Glass by Madison McMakin 

Poofs are New by Blaine Dunlap

Divided by Michael Thomas & Dakota Ford

The Night in the Last Branches by Michael Alexander Morris

Echoes of the Past by Jeremy Spracklen


Blog post: Courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, SMU
Image: film still of Spracklen’s Echoes of the Past, courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen

State Fair of Texas – a look back from the G. Williams Jones Film and Video Collection

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In celebration of this year’s State Fair of Texas, the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection put together this compilation of clips.  Taken from several months of the archive’s 16mm WFAA Newsfilm Collection, this twenty-three minute piece largely without sound showcases the evolution of the fair throughout the 1960s, highlighting the attendees and fair grounds, the food and the games, and the attractions and parades as each evolved over the course of a tumultuous decade of cultural and political change, while still remaining fundamentally the same, as it does even to this day.  

To see similar footage (and other archive highlights), please follow us on Twitter @smujonesfilm and at the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection Group page on Facebook.


Image: Film still of the entrance to the rides at the Midway, State Fair of Texas, G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, SMU, 1960s

Blog post: Courtesy of Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, Hamon Arts Library

How the News Got Made: A Rare Look at SMU’s WFAA Newsfilm and a Conversation With the People Who Created It

Learn how the news was captured and shared, and gain a new appreciation for the hard work and ingenuity that went into making the WFAA nightly news throughout the 1960s and ’70s. A panel of notable WFAA staff, including on-screen personalities and behind the scenes personnel, will present clips from SMU’s Jones Film and Video Collection and share stories of their experiences together while making the news. Click here for ticketing information.

Saturday, October 22, 2016  5:15-6:45 pm       

Angelika Film Center and Cafe – 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75026

WFAA Newsfilm Collection: Look what I found this week!

Greetings. My name is Jeremy Spracklen, and I am the moving image curator of the G. William Jones Film and Video Archive inside the Hamon Arts Library. One of my current projects is the digitization of the Library’s WFAA Newsfilm footage spanning from 1960 to 1977. Every other week I’m going to share a set of clips that I’ve found while working on the collection. They may not all be significant about the history of Dallas, but I still find them each fascinating for what they reveal about life in Dallas-Fort Worth 40-50 years ago. Continue reading “WFAA Newsfilm Collection: Look what I found this week!”