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New JFK Documentary to Premiere at MuseumDALLAS/October 29, 2009—A powerful new documentary featuring digitally restored Dallas television news footage that captured the weekend President John F. Kennedy was assassinated premieres Wednesday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. during a free public screening at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Airing nationally November 23 on the National Geographic Channel, "The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination," produced by Tom Jennings Productions, draws largely from the museum collections.
Opening with President Kennedy's final speech in Fort Worth on the morning of November 22, 1963, the film reconstructs the dramatic events of that weekend through rarely seen news footage, radio reports, audio recordings and home movies. Riveting scenes from Dallas Love Field, Dealey Plaza, Parkland Hospital and Dallas Police headquarters are combined with the gripping accounts of both eyewitnesses and news reporters, transporting viewers back to 1963.
"We are extremely pleased with ‘The Lost JFK Tapes,'" says Nicola Longford, the museum executive director. "The film is a unique compilation of historic footage that draws heavily from our museum collections, which is one of the world's largest and most important sources of documentation of President Kennedy's assassination and legacy."
"As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, the museum is committed to making its considerable resources more widely available," Longford states. "This new documentary and our Reading Room project are the latest opportunities to showcase and expand our thriving collection of 35,000 items."
A question-and-answer session with the film's producer, Tom Jennings, and museum curator, Gary Mack, immediately follows the premiere, which takes place on the seventh floor of the museum. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission to the screening does not provide access to the museum's sixth floor exhibit.
About The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located on the sixth and seventh floors of the former Texas School Book Depository, 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum draws more than 325,000 visitors annually and is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday, except Tuesday, November 17, when the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
About National Geographic Channel
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a joint venture between National Geographic Ventures (NGV) and Fox Cable Networks (FCN). Since launching in January 2001, NGC initially earned some of the fastest distribution growth in the history of cable and more recently the fastest ratings growth in television. The network celebrated its fifth anniversary in January 2006 with the launch of NGC HD, which provides the spectacular imagery that National Geographic is known for in stunning high-definition. NGC has carriage with all of the nation's major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available in nearly 70 million homes. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.
About Tom Jennings Productions
Specializing in documentaries for film and television for major cable networks, Tom Jennings Productions is a full-service entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California. TJP's most recent accolades include five 2009 Telly Awards for "The Missing Years of Jesus," "Call 911 - Episode 104: The Glendale Shootout" and "Tomb of 1000 Roman Skeletons." The production staff of TJP has been involved with the creation of more than 1,000 hours of television during the past ten years. TJP staffers have produced shows for networks including Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, TLC, Travel Channel, VH1, National Geographic, HGTV, Court TV, PBS, CBS, Investigation Discovery and Animal Planet.
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