GUEST PRESENTERS—Fifty years ago, Portlander and University of Oregon graduate James Blue directed a team of fourteen in documenting the landmark civil rights event The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Blue wrote and narrated the script and edited the footage, producing, in the words of preservation specialist Christina Kovac of the National Archives, “a visually stunning, moving, and arresting documentary of the hope, determination, and camaraderie embodied by the demonstration.” In 1962, Blue’s feature THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE, made in Algeria, won the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Other Films by James Blue
Blue served as director, scriptwriter, narrator, and editor for this visionary essay, made for the US Information Agency, that looks at the green revolution and the development of agricultural production on three continents. The documentary was shot in Taiwan, India, Uganda, and Brazil and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1968.