JFK screening, lecture tonight, free admission

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JFK That Awful Day
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013 AND THEREAFTER – FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, seen through the foreground convertible’s windshield, President John F. Kennedy’s hand reaches toward his head within seconds of being fatally shot as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy holds his forearm as the motorcade proceeds along Elm Street past the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Gov. John Connally was also shot. (AP Photo/James W. “Ike” Altgens)

In observation of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Meadows Division of Film and Media Arts and the Division of Journalism present a free screening 
and lecture.

Screening and lecture: Covering a Crisis takes place tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at O’Donnell Hall in Owen Arts Center.

The screening will feature the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection’s new footage of the JFK assassination.

Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 while visiting Dallas.

The Jones Collection, part of the Hamon Arts Library at SMU, includes more than 9,000 film prints and negatives and over 3,000 videotapes as well as print materials, antique film equipment and more.

The Jones archive includes raw unedited 16mm material shot for local news stations in the Dallas area that President Kennedy visited in 1963.

Also featured is footage of the aftermath of the shooting and the response of the Dallas-Fort Worth community.

The screening will include scenes from the grassy knoll, Parkland Hospital and police headquarters.

The Covering a Crisis series will feature Aniko Bodroghkozy as the guest speaker for the lecture portion of the evening.

Bodroghkozy is the author of “Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion” and “Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement.”

She currently works in the department of media studies at the University of Virginia and is researching television coverage of the JFK assassination.

Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required.

To reserve tickets, call Meadows ticket office at 214-768-2787 or come by the film office in Umphrey Lee room 238.

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