Back in January I had posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was, but I haven’t done a good job following up with posts about the following videos. Today I’m going to share September’s posted video.
Video 8 is called “September 2014: A Conversation with Eric Grayson.” It was published on YouTube on September 26, 2014.
They say about it: “In this month’s episode, Doug speaks with film historian, Eric Grayson, regarding Gene’s films and film preservation.”
They talk about the surviving Gene Stratton-Porter films and note that the 1940 version of Laddie: A True Blue Story plays the best with modern audiences. Laddie is my favorite of the books and was my Grandma Uthoff’s favorite as well. He mentions the rights problems with the films. Jeanette Porter, Gene’s daughter, kept her mother’s legacy alive and worked to keep the books before the public. Unfortunately one of these contracts keeps Turner Classic Movies, who own the RKO library, from showing the movie. Grayson also discusses various methods of film preservation. They also address the politics of film preservation. Then discussion turns to the difference in movie making in the 1940s and today. Also, through the film they have a great montage of Stratton-Porter photos.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.