My introduction to black audience film, tented vaudeville, North Carolina film history, and nitrate film all came from researching “Pitch a Boogie Woogie,” the 1947 musical comedy featurette made in Greenville, NC by John Warner and his brother, William Lord.
“Boogie in Black and White.” Chapel Hill, NC: The Center for Public Television. February, 1988 (writer/producer). (Includes complete musical comedy featurette “Pitch a Boogie Woogie,” Greenville, NC. Lord-Warner Pictures, 1947). Watch it.
Broadcast Feb. 1988: UNC-TV network (Arbitron ratings: 25,000 viewers). Re-broadcast Feb. 1989, UNC-TV; also broadcast on PBS affiliates in 26 states, D.C. and the Virgin Islands.
Over 7,000 have viewed this program on YouTube.
“Coming into Freedom: The End of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina” (one-woman show starring Louise Anderson with the North Carolina Symphony, the Badgett Sisters, and the Hometown Boys). Writer, producer, director. Creswell, NC: Dept. of Cultural Resources (1 Sept. 1990).
Article in book
“Scenes from a Dream: (Nearly) Lost Images of Black Entertainers.” in Images of the South: Constructing a Regional Culture on Film and Video. Ed. Karl G. Heider. Athens, GA: U. of Georgia P, 1993. 55-76.
“Filmmaking.” Encyclopedia of North Carolina. ed. by William S. Powell. Chapel Hill: UNC P, 2006: 430-31.
“Town Documentaries.” Encyclopedia of North Carolina. ed. by William S. Powell. Chapel Hill: UNC P, 2006: 1128.
“Micheaux, Vaudeville, and Black Cast Film.” Black Film Review 7.4: 6-9, 36.
“Boogie Woogie Jams Again.” American Film 12.8 (June 1987): 36-40.
“North Carolina’s Early Movies.” The State 54.2 (July 1986): 8-11.
Papers presented at scholarly meetings
“Establishing the Regional Archive: The NC Film Project Begins.” Fast-Rewind II. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY: 15 June 1991.
“Greenville’s Warner Brothers: Their Dream and Its Undoing.” Future Arts. Duke University, Durham, NC: 17 May 1991.
“Boogie in Black and White: (Nearly) Lost Images of Black Entertainers.” (Key Symposium Address) Southern Anthropological Society. Columbia, SC: 20 April 1991.