Resources for study of The Presidency in Film and Television:
I. Film & History Conference in 2000
In November 2000, Film & History (www.filmandhistory.org) conducted a
conference on The Presidency in Film and Television in Los Angeles,
concurrent with the controversial presidential election. The meeting was
quite a success with such senior scholars as John E. O'Connor, Don
Staples, Gary Edgerton, Martin A. Jackson, Frank Manchel participating
along with new comers to the field. A few filmmakers participated as well,
sharing their work on Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge. A good time
was had by all, esp. since the registration included a behind-the-scenes
tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
In preparation for this meeting, John Shelton Lawrence of Berkeley California
prepared an elaborate filmography of presidential films and this list is on
Film & History web site. Here are the directions, just to be "absolutely
Go to Film & History via www.filmandhistory.org
Click to H-NET web site
Click at bottom on Journals, Announcements and Web Resources
Click on Film & History League Conference for 2000
Click on New! Check our Filmography of Presidential Films
Click on Film & History League Filmography
Sorry for making this task so circuitous!
In any case, John Shelton Lawrence has set up a grid which gives
the Title of the Film, the Genre of the film, a Review Citation, the President
involved, and a Plot summary. The list can be printed out and will serve
any serious student/scholar interested in this topic. (Thanks, John, for your
good and lasting work!)
II. Two Volumes on the Topic in the Works Right Now.
The conference generated two volumes on the Presidency in Film....
The American Presidency in Film. Eds. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor.
Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2003
The West Wing: The American Presidency as Television Drama.
Eds. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor.
Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2003
Both of these manuscripts are in their final days of preparation and
should be available in the spring of 2003 at the latest.
III. Other matters.
Look through the Film & History Web site for other items related to
The presidency in film. There is an essay by Peter Rollins on the topic
and other materials mentioned--but some not mentioned--above.
This topic is a fertile on. Indeed, _In the Line of Fire_, which makes so
use of the Lincoln Memorial and calls its assassination suspect "Booth,"
was on television last night. The American President has been on television
constantly and was run against the Superbowl this year.....Just last week
Aaron Sorkin, the creative force behind The West Wing, was featured by
The New Yorker as a commentator on Tom Brook's presentation of the White
House...The interest is increasing...
Peter C. Rollins
Film & History
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PS: The 2002 Film and History League conference is fully described
on the web site. Topic is THE AMERICAN WEST(S) IN FILM, TELEVISION,
AND HISTORY. Location is Kansas City, Missouri, the Gateway to the West
during years of settlement---all three overland routes began in Kansas City.
Deadline for proposals is 15 August.
See web site for details on this next event.
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