This clip (5217) is part of The James Kilgore Film Collection: Four Decades of Innovative Amateur Filmmaking. The collection includes amateur narrative films and home movie footage shot by Nashville resident James Kilgore. Focus on very early WWII footage, family events and travels, footage related to the Methodist Church, and technical experiments in early sound and color. See http://nashvillearchives.org/avcc-research.html for additional information.
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Conservation and Digital Capture:
This collection was conserved and digitally captured through the 2017 Al Larvick National Grant awarded to Nashville Public Library by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund (ALCF) in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about the portion of this collection supported through ALCF, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/james-kilgore-film-collection
Specifications: (covered under the ALCF grant)
Original format: 8mm, Super 8 film, (indicate whether silent or sound)
Digital format: Footage captured at 2k resolution of 2048x1556.
Length/feet or running time: Approx. 1550ft.
Nashville, Tennessee native and lifelong resident, James Kilgore (1919-2014) was an avid amateur filmmaker who began shooting film at age 14. He served in Italy during WWII and spent most of his post-war life working for the Department of Transportation and continuing to shoot home movies, and amateur travelogues and documentaries, and several narrative films throughout the following decades. Kilgore is believed to have been a member of the Amateur Cinema League, the oldest amateur filmmaker’s club in the United States and his zeal for the technology of film is evidenced by his use of sound and color film. Major themes in Kilgore’s work include short narrative fiction films, recordings of family travels and local events, documentation of his experience during WWII, and footage of his church’s works and activities.
President Carter Visits Nashville, 1978. (0:16) Shot of a presidential motorcade going down the street. People crowd both sides of the street and wave. Secret service run with the car. There’s fuzzy audio of someone speaking over a loud crowd and music, the exact words are difficult to make out.
(0:34) A presidential stage is set up in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza (https://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/war-memorial-plaza). The entire area is full to the brim with people. The shot, taken from above, shows the scope of the rally. Carter’s full speech can be found here (http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=30053). That would date this clip on October 26, 1978. The camera zooms in on the podium, though the sound is muffled. People find their seats on the stage. The show jumps ahead a few times but the camera’s position does not change. (1:07) President Carter emerges and waves at the crowd, who applaud.
(1:28) Cut back to a shot of the parade as a band marches down the street. (1:35) Back to the speech. Carter waves from his podium. The crowd can be heard chanting something but the sound is too muffled to hear. (2:14) Carter begins his speech. If you follow the transcript, he is introducing important Tennessee government figures. Sound is difficult to hear. The camera pans over the crowd to the street where the procession was. (2:41) The camera lingers on Carter but occasionally zooms into the crowd. Cameramen photograph Carter up close. Carter speaks about Andrew Jackson: “He was a man of great courage. He was a man who was independent. He was a man who loved his home State. He was a man who founded the principles of our party, that said that those who hold public office have to put our faith, our confidence, our responsibility to the average, common, good American citizens who put us in office. That was Andrew Jackson's commitment. That's the commitment of the Democratic Party today, and we're going to keep it that way.” The crowd applauds.
(3:26) Shot of the audience. The frame is jam-packed with people. Carter: “As you well know, when the South was going through those difficult days of changing from a segregated society-” (3:36) Cut back to the main shot of Carter as he exits the podium and shakes hands. The band begins to play.
(4:06) Shot pans over the crowd as they clap, cheer and wave flags to the music. (4:35) Shot of the crowd quickly zooms out. The band can be heard really well here. (4:57) The crowd begins to disperse on the street.
For a detailed account of that day: (https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/assets/documents/diary/1978/d102678t.pdf)