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Julia Lesage Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2021-02
Preservation Sponsor: Julia Lesage
Extent of collection
22 Super-8mm films totaling approximately 3850 feet; 14 8mm films totaling approximately 1725 feet; 1 16mm film totaling approximately 75 feet; and 1 open reel video tape.
Inclusive Dates
1980 - 2010
The collection consists of home movies shot by Julia Lesage. All were captured on small gauge formats, and primarily feature images of everyday life with partner Charles Kleinhans and colleagues JoAnn Elam, Joe Hendrix, and Eleanor Boyer.
Lesage, Julia (created by)
Julia Lesage is a film scholar whose work is devoted primarily to experimental filmmaking and feminist documentary theory. Lesage holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and has taught as a visiting professor in departments of English, Women’s Studies, Telecommunications and Film across the United States (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Rochester, San Francisco State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to name but a few), and as a tenured professor at the University of Oregon. Her publications include several monographs, including Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out, with Abby Ferber, Deborah Storrs, and Donna Wong (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Media, Culture, and the Religious Right, ed. with Linda Kintz (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), as well as countless articles that have appeared in Jump CutCamera ObscuraFilm ReaderWide Angle, and Women and Film, and in numerous edited volumes. Her award-winning video productions include In Plain English (Columbus International Film Festival, North Carolina International Film and Video Festival) for which she has received production grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Center for New Television, Chicago, Making a DifferenceEl CruceroTroubadours, and Las Nicas. Her videos are available from Facets Multimedia, Chicago. Julia Lesage is also co-founder and co-editor of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, along with Chuck Kleinhans and John Hess.
Custodial History
The collection was stored in the home of Chuck Kleinhans and Julia Lesage; first in Evanston, IL, then in Eugene, OR.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
CFA holds the rights to the films in this collection.
Collection Item
Amsterdam Tour May 1981
Auto mechanics 1964
Brazil - Cayman Islands
Caracas Cable Car
Caracas IV Jungle