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FA-252169-17

Joanna Megan Hearne
University of Missouri, Columbia (Columbia, MO 65211-3020)

Chickasaw Hollywood: The Fox Brothers and the Studio System, 1914-1954

A book-length study of brothers Finis Fox, Wallace Fox, and Edwin Carewe (the stage name of Jay Fox)--the first family of Native American writer-director-producers in the Hollywood studio era.

Chickasaw Hollywood: The Fox Brothers and the Studio System, 1914-1954 retrieves the history of the first Indigenous family of writer-directors in Hollywood—the Chickasaw brothers Finis Fox, Edwin Carewe (stage name for Jay Fox), and Wallace Fox. Taken together, the Fox brothers’ careers writing, directing and producing films in Hollywood spanned 40 years, from Carewe’s directorial debut in 1914 to Wallace Fox’s last television show in 1954. This project expands our understanding of Indigenous, American, and international film history beyond stereotyped images of Indians on screen to consider issues of creative control, production practices, and the breadth, complexity and mobility of Indigenous representational politics in the studio era, bringing together theoretical models from Indigenous studies and cinema studies, and close textual analysis with extensive archival research.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Media Studies; Native American Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018