In the Land of the Head Hunters
When: Fri 23 May 2014, 18.00-20.30
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £5, (£4 Over 60s) and £3
In 1914, American photographer Edward S. Curtis released the first feature-length, fiction film to star an entirely indigenous cast, In the Land of the Head Hunters, made with the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) people on location in British Columbia. Although a critical success, the film made no money and was quickly lost to the archive.
Based on recent archival research, in 2008 a collaborative team led by Aaron Glass (now at the Bard Graduate Center), Brad Evans (Rutgers), and Andrea Sanborn (of the U’mista Cultural Centre in BC) oversaw a new restoration that returned the film’s original title, title cards, long-missing footage, colour tinting, initial publicity graphics, and original musical score—now thought to be the earliest extant original feature-length film score in America. The history of the film and recent restoration project are documented. The trailer for the restored film can be viewed here.
Marking the centenary of the film’s release, restoration co-producer Brad Evans will introduce this special screening, complete with the original score.
This event is sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library