A few 35mm film titles from the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection are traveling this month. Tracked by Bloodhounds or A Lynching in Cripple Creek (Harry Buckwalter, Wm. Selig, 1904) is showing in a program devoted to Selig pictures at the venerable Giornate del Cinema Muto (The Pordenone Silent Film Festival). Tracked by Bloodhounds is part of the Sulphur Springs Collection of Pre-Nickelodeon Films, most of which can be viewed online.
The Blood of Jesus (Spencer Williams, 1941), one of the most popular Jones Collection titles, will be shown at the Indiana University Cinema later this month. The Indiana University Bloomington is the home of our good colleagues at the Black Film Center/Archive. In conjunction with the screening of The Blood of Jesus, there will be a lecture by Jacqueline Stewart, an expert on the work of Spencer Williams.
Another of our most important films will be returning home this month after a long, interesting trip. Almost a year ago, it was arranged that the Jones Collection would loan its rare, tinted, nitrate print of The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) to the British Film Institute to be considered for inclusion in a project to restore the surviving silent Hitchcock films. Here is a photo of the print comparison in progress. We now know that the project was successful and that SMU is getting on-screen credit for providing one of the four original prints that were used in the restoration. Opportunities for seeing the restored film may come up later in this academic year.