On October 15, 2012, I wrote on Oregon Movies, A to Z about an Oregon filmmaker about whom I knew little. Who was James Blue?
Richard Herskowitz, the director of the Cinema Pacific film festival in Eugene, read that post, and a companion post about The Olive Trees Of Justice, commenting “James Blue is a revered figure by many, including me. I didn’t realize he grew up here and went to UO!”
On September 9, 2013, Richard Blue contacted me to let me know that he was interested in finding a home for his brother’s films in Oregon. I told him I had a few ideas.
He had read the Oregon Movies, A to Z post as well.
On October 31, 2013, the University of Oregon announced the James Blue Tribute, a six month retrospective. Richard Blue and Richard Herskowitz, working together, brought the films of James Blue to Eugene, along with guest speakers who knew and worked with the filmmaker.
On February 24, 2014 the University of Oregon announced the acquisition of the James Blue collection of films and papers.
On April 26, 2014, four Oregon documentarians, Brian Lindstrom, Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher and Penny Allen, will discuss James Blue at the White Stag Building, 2:30 PM, at a free event titled Four On Blue.
After attending the James Blue Tribute screenings, and learning about him from his colleagues, family and friends, I know much more about this accomplished, forgotten artist from my home town. I will be sharing what I have learned on a new blog, Notes On James Blue.