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James E. Hinton Collection, 1968-1992 : Finding Aid

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00009
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: James E. Hinton Collection, 1968-1992 : Finding Aid
Date(s): 0000-2999
Quantity: 1 collection (two 35mm film reels, ninety-three 16mm film reels, three 1" video tapes, nineteen 3/4" U-Matic video cassettes, 4 Betmax video cassettes, 2 Betacam-SP video cassettes, 24 reel to reel audio tapes, 23 VHS video cassettes, and 25 instant camera photographs)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: The James E. Hinton Collection at the Harvard Film Archive consists of approximately 170 items: motion picture film projection prints, workprint materials, 16mm and 1/4" magnetic audio reels, viewing copies and video masters on 1" video, 3/4" U-Matic, Betamax, BetacamSP and VHS, as well as one set of Polaroid photographs created by the photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker James E. Hinton.

Acquisition Information:

The films of the photographer, producer, cinematographer and filmmaker James E. Hinton were donated to the HFA in 2008.

Processing Information:

Encoded by: Miranda Nero, March 2011; Amy Sloper, August 2011

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Hinton, James E., 1936-2006. James E. Hinton Collection, 1968-1992 : Finding Aid. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Biography

James Hinton began making photographs while he was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. As a witness to the violent reactions that the movement provoked in the American South, he captured moments that were often overlooked by the mainstream media. In 1957 he was one of several correspondents that documented the shooting of Lester James in Seneca, South Carolina. In 1961 he documented the reprisals against Harry Briggs and the efforts by the NAACP to relocate Briggs and his family to New York City. Hinton's photographs include images of those who walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, as well as the angry white crowds that gathered along the march routes both in the North and the South. He began exhibiting his photographs in 1963 and then went on to study at the highly regarded Kamonge Photography Workshop for African Americans in New York City in 1965.
In the late sixties, Hinton turned to commercial film production and in 1973 he was hired as the cinematographer on the feature film Ganja and Hess. He used his experience as a documentary filmmaker and photographer to bring the techniques of cinema verité to the shooting style of the film. A groundbreaking film for the period, Ganja and Hess, (ostensibly a black sexploitation vampire film) became renowned for its all black cast and its scenes of elegant, multi-lingual African Americans imbibing blood instead of martinis. With Ganja and Hess, Hinton changed the look of African American filmmaking by insisting that the skin tones of the black actors and actresses in the film not be lightened photographically, a standard technique at the time.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series and alphabetized within each series:

Scope and Content

The James E. Hinton Collection at the Harvard Film Archive consists of approximately 170 items: motion picture film projection prints, workprint materials, 16mm and 1/4" magnetic audio reels, viewing copies and video masters on 1" video, 3/4" U-Matic, Betamax, BetacamSP and VHS, as well as one set of Polaroid photographs created by the photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker James E. Hinton.
Genres range from feature films (Ganja and Hess) to documentary, educational, and industrial shorts and commercials on a range of topics, from many titles on African American history, the importance of arts in education and in the community, to films about music, including footage from an unfinished documentary on Dizzy Gillespie. Hinton's role in the production of titles in the collection ranges from director to cinematographer to producer, and many elements and titles represent the work of Hinton Productions, his production company. These include mostly commercials and industrial films for the U.S. Government, car companies, and oil companies, and in some cases Hinton's direct involvement with the titles is not documented.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Liberia
New Orleans (La)
African American History Month
African American musicians
Cell phones -- history
Civil rights -- History -- United States -- 20th century
Community arts projects -- United States
Handicraft
Mardi Gras
Microcomputers -- History
Sickle cell anemia -- United States -- History -- 20th century
16mm.
35mm.
Audiotapes.
Betacam (TM).
instant camera photographs.
VHS (TM).
Videocassettes (Betacam-SP).
Videotapes.
Blaxploitation films
commercials
Dance films
Documentary films
Educational films
Film trailers
Independent films
Industrial films
Short films
Television programs
Vampire films
Hinton, James E., 1936-2006
Bates, Leon
Carter, Jack, 1923-
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Dana, Bill, 1924-
Dumas, Henry, 1934-1968
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993
Jones, LeRoi
Marsalis, Ellis
Murray, Jan, 1916-2006
Russell, Nipsey, 1924-2005
Sahl, Mort
Van Peebles, Mario
Van Peebles, Melvin, 1932-
Associated Black Charities
Bell Telephone Laboratories
General Motors Corporation -- History
Gulf Oil Corporation
International Business Machines Corporation -- History
Mobil Oil Company
Texas Utilities Company
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)

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