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Chuck Kleinhans Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2021-04
Preservation Sponsor: Julia Lesage
Extent of collection
89 reels of Super-8mm film totaling approximately 17,490 feet; 12 reels of 8mm film totaling approximately 3675 feet; 9 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 1125 feet; 3 open reel videos; and 2 DVDs.
Inclusive Dates
1972 - 1987
The collection consists of home movies and films exhibited or self-distributed by Charles Kleinhans. All were shot in small gauge formats, and highlights include documentation of a trip to Sandinista Nicaragua, travel throughout the United States, and images of everyday life with partner Julia Lesage and friends JoAnn Elam, Joe Hendrix, and Eleanor Boyer.
Kleinhans, Charles (created by)
Charles "Chuck" Kleinhans (October 2, 1942–December 14, 2017) was a highly influential film scholar and Associate Professor of Film Studies at Northwestern University for 32 years. He was also the co-editor, co-founder and publisher of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media from 1974 until his passing in 2017. He co-founded the publication with fellow film scholars Julia Lesage and John Hess. Jump Cut released its inaugural issue in 1974, and continued to be published annually, with a circulation of over 4000 copies per issue nationally and internationally in print. Featuring reportage, reviews, original research and analytical articles, Jump Cut is considered to be one of the most influential publications on the subject of film, and is emblematic of the era of the New Left.
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
2. Blizzard of 79
3 Lyric Films: Sappho's Blue Dream - Beach - Meat
#5 Stopping - No Walk - Fun - Everybody's Trance
10 Million Dollar Bash
At Home In Logan Square