Caches of old photos and film from Oak Cliff turned up in the call for materials that an archiving project put out this past spring.
Spotlight on North Texas, a project from University of North Texas moving-image preservation librarian Laura Treat, digitized photos from the filming of “Born on the Fourth of July,” which was filmed partly in Elmwood, and “JFK,” filmed in Oak Cliff and Downtown, as well as clips from Oak Cliff-raised filmmaker Blaine Dunlap.
Dunlap, who produced a student film called “Sometimes I Run,” featuring scenes of 1970s Downtown, submitted footage from an unfinished film called “Sunset on Film,” shot at Sunset High School in 1970, and one called “Oak Cliff Street Scenes,” which contains footage of Jefferson Boulevard from the same year. Find some of the clips below.
In celebration, Spotlight on North Texas offers a free screening of Larry Buchanan’s Dallas-made film “Mars Needs Women” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. at the Texas Theatre. The archive also is sponsoring a free screening of Buchanan’s “Naughty Dallas,” a film about a small-town girl who moves to Dallas and becomes a stripper, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Top Ten Records.
Here are some clips from Dunlap’s Jefferson Boulevard film, shot at Jefferson at Madison, then the site of Ward Drugs, now where Cultivar Coffee and other boutique businesses are located.
Here is a clip from “Sunset on Film.”