Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas

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“Shooting Kennedy” with Dr. David M. Lubin

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Lecture and book signing with Dr. David M. Lubin, author and Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Lubin has authored several books on diverse subjects, including a critical analysis of the film “Titanic.”  His 2003 book, “Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images,” examines the cultural impact of iconic images of John and Jackie Kennedy, 1953 to 1963.  The Abraham Zapruder film is covered in-depth.

Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas Daytime Gallery Talks

Free with paid Museum admission, this monthly series presents gallery talks by some of the amateur photographers featured in the special seventh floor exhibit, Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas.  Each talk is a seated “live” oral history session with Museum curator Gary Mack or Museum oral historian Stephen Fagin.


February 1, 2008
Tina Towner Pender—Experienced at using her father's Sears Tower Varizoom home movie camera, the teenager went with her parents to Dealey Plaza to view the presidential parade. Standing on the southwest corner of Elm and Houston streets, she filmed the motorcade as it turned onto Elm Street, seconds before shots were fired.

March 7, 2008
Maury Seitz—A longtime commercial airline pilot who served as a co-pilot on numerous chartered flights backing up Air Force One during the Kennedy presidency, Mr. Seitz met the Kennedy family and spent time with Caroline and John, Jr.  He filmed President Kennedy in Michigan in 1962.   

April 4, 2008
Jack Daniel—Mr. Daniel was standing on the west side of the Triple Underpass with his home movie camera and captured the motorcade on film seconds after the assassination took place. He returned to Dealey Plaza afterwards to take film of the flowers and memorial tributes left by mourners.  

May 2, 2008
Jackie Tindel—As an adjustor for Travelers Insurance Company, Mr. Tindel often had to obtain accident reports from Dallas Police headquarters at Main and Harwood. On November 22, 1963, he stood at that intersection and filmed the presidential motorcade as it turned onto Main Street.

June 6, 2008
George Jefferies—Hoping to film the presidential motorcade from Dealey Plaza, Mr. Jefferies instead accompanied a co-worker who suffered from emphysema to Main Street, just east of Lamar, which was as far as the man could walk. Mr. Jefferies' footage includes remarkable images of Mrs. Kennedy.