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James Blaine Dunlap grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas, where he began making movies while still in grade school. Many of the short films represented in this collection were made under the name "Kaleidicine" productions. After graduating high school, Dunlap attended the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. In the early 1970s, Dunlap began working in public television and continued to make films in and about Dallas with the assistance of grants from the Action Center City of Dallas. At this time, he began collaborating with filmmaker Ken Harrison on films about Texas art and artists, including Prince Albert Hunt (1974). Dunlap then moved to Tennessee, where he begam collaborating with documentary filmmaker Sol Korine on a series of films about folk culture and folk musicians. The audio recordings represented in this collection, including "Showdown at the Hoedown" and "Lucy Mai's Christmas" are from this time period.
Dunlap later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he began a new phase in his career, preserving historic film and videotape through the Southeast Media Preservation Lab. Collection items were donated after being digitized as part of "Spotlight on North Texas," a regional media digitization project funded by a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Due to the condition and age of the films, these items are only available digitally. Digitized materials are available for viewing in the "Spotlight on North Texas Collection" through The Portal to Texas History. https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/SPOTNT/
The collection has been arranged into 4 series to reflect the content of the materials. Except when noted, film reels have been rehoused into 35mm film canisters based on their series. Individual films retain unique identifiers provided during the digitization process.
The Blaine Dunlap Film Collection documents a short period of time (1965-1983) in the career of independent filmmaker, James Blaine Dunlap. The majority of the collection is composed of 8mm and Super8 films shot by Dunlap in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. This material includes numerous reels from the unfinished film projects, "Corn Flakes," "Summer Poems," and "Sunset on Film." The collection also includes audio recording projects, trims and outtakes, and empty boxes that have not been connected to specific film reels.
This series contains twenty-one Super 8 films that were created for an unfinished film, "Corn Flakes," starring Michael Gardner. The individual films retain unique identifiers given during digitization. The films have been rehoused into a single 35mm film canister.
This series contains seven Super 8 films that were created for an unfinished film, "Summer Poems." The individual films retain unique identifiers given during digitization. The films have been rehoused into a single 35mm film canister.
This series contains five Super 8 films that were created for an unfinished film, "Sunset on Film," which was filmed at Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas. The individual films retain unique identifiers given during digitization. The films have been rehoused into a single 16mm film canister.
This series contains fourty-seven home movies , short films, and unsorted trims shot on Super 8 and 8mm motion picture film. The majority of these films are shot in Dallas, Texas, specifically in the Oak Cliff area, and include imagery of the circus, landscapes and nature, traffic, and buildings. With the exception of "Blaine's 'Marge' Material" and the trims, all items have been rehoused into two 35mm film canisters.
This series contains four audio recording projects. Items included finish projects as well as as voice-over tracks for other media projects.