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Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Dana F. White (Project Director: September 1996 to present)

Segregated Cinema in a Southern City: Atlanta, 1895-1996, from the Cotton States Exposition to the Centennial Olympics

To support a history of the distribution, exhibition, promotion, and reception of films in Atlanta over a period of 100 years which will analyse the differentexperiences of the African American and white populations.

Throughout this century, Atlanta's film culture has reflected the city's slowly-shifting "color line." We will study patterns of theater location, film distribution and exhibition practices, critical perspectives, and audience response- -from both sides of the color line- -during three carefully-defined periods in film and urban history to illuminate film culture in a city in the process of transforming itself into a metropolitan region. Our study will also provide measures for comparison with the film culture and film industry in other cities, both within and without the region. American Studies, African American Studies, Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies all inform our work, but it is grounded in Film Studies and Urban History.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Urban Studies

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Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$74,587 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1997 – 6/30/2000