Married to Adventure: Osa and Martin Johnson's Films

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Mary Ann Thompson from Fort Hays State University will describe the fascinating documentary filmmaking of Kansans Osa and Martin Johnson, who traveled the world filming people and wildlife in the early 20th century. Sponsored by a grant from Humanities Kansas and the Manhattan Library Association. Refreshments provided. Register below if you would like to receive a reminder email about this event!

Pioneers in the early history of documentary filmmaking, Kansans Osa and Martin Johnson's prolific career took them from the South Seas to Africa, and they shared their adventures across the nation in films, books, and presentations. While considered groundbreaking in their day, nowadays their work can be viewed as exploitative. This presentation will delve into their successes in early filmmaking and revisit their vision for their work against today’s differing standards.