From Zapruder to Taksim Square

Media and Culture in the 21st Century

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A free public event on November 22, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination

 

The Lensic proudly presents “From Zapruder to Taksim Square: Media and Culture in the 21st Century,” a free public event on November 22­, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The evening will feature two honored journalists who were eyewitnesses to history in November 1963: Richard B. Stolley and Hal Wingo, both of whom live in Santa Fe.

Richard B. Stolley was Life magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief and one of the first national reporters to fly into Dallas on the day Kennedy was shot. Soon after arriving, he secured exclusive publication rights to the famous Zapruder film, which recorded the assassination of President Kennedy— a journalistic coup that’s now considered one of the most significant of the 20th century. Stolley is a former editorial director at Time, Inc.; the founding editor of People magazine; and a member of The Lensic’s Board of Directors.

Hal Wingo is a former Life journalist who reported on the Kennedy assassination from Washington, D.C., in November 1963. He is a former senior editor at Life magazine and a member of the original staff at People magazine.

Stolley and Wingo will share memories of their reporting experiences during the evening, which will include a screening of the documentary “Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination,” a panel discussion, and a book and DVD signing by Stolley.

“Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination”
In the fascinating 35-minute documentary “Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination” (Florentine Films, 2011), Stolley recounts those first days of reporting from Dallas in 1963. He explains how he tracked down Abraham Zapruder, the man who inadvertently filmed the Kennedy assassination on a home-movie camera, and how he skillfully convinced Zapruder to sell exclusive publication rights to Life magazine. The complete Zapruder film is included in “Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination,” which was directed by Oscar-nominated director and cinematographer Roger M. Sherman.

Panel Discussion
Following the documentary, a panel of journalists and writers will discuss how the way we get our news has changed since 1963, when reporters and federal investigators clamored to watch Abraham Zapruder’s grainy film—our one visual record of what happened in Dealey Plaza. Today, historic events like recent protests in Turkey’s Taksim Square are captured on crisp digital video by hundreds of bystanders and viewed, sometimes seconds later, by millions around the world.

The panel discussion, moderated by Lensic Executive/Artistic Director Robert Martin, will feature:
·         Mike Daisey, writer and actor (The Secret War)
·         Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host and producer of Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR FM
·          Zelie Pollon, journalist (Reuters, Dallas Morning News, People)
·          Richard B. Stolley, former editorial director at Time, Inc.; founding editor of People magazine
·          Hal Wingo, former senior editor at Life magazine, member of the original staff of People magazine

“The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: Life Remembers the Man and the Moment” Book Signing
At the end the evening, Stolley will sign copies of “The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: Life Remembers the Man and the Moment” (Time Home Entertainment, Inc.; 2013) a new book by the Editors of Life magazine. Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($50).
 
The commemorative volume includes all 486 frames of the Zapruder film, in print for the first time; an essay by Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for Life; a full reprint of Life's 1963 issue covering the tragic events in Dallas; a description of the enormous personal impact the film had on Zapruder and his family, written by Zapruder’s granddaughter, Alexandra; a lively review of the countless conspiracy theories that have sprung up since the assassination, written by novelist J. I. Baker; intimate answers to the question “Where Were You When You Heard the News?” from a score of prominent world citizens, ranging from Barbara Streisand to Nikita Krushchev’s son, Sergei; and more.

The Lensic will also sell copies of the DVD “Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to the Assassination” for $10.

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