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Anne Makepeace Production Materials of Edward S. Curtis Documentary
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Description
The collection contains materials used in the making of the documentary film Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians by Anne Makepeace.
Background
Anne Makepeace is a writer, producer, and director of feature and documentary films. Her films have won numerous awards and been aired on networks around the world. She is the writer, director, and producer of "Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians," a biographical documentary film about Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). In 1990, Makepeace began research on what would become a decade-long project to produce a film about Curtis. During the pre-production phase of the Curtis film, Makepeace wrote, directed and produced her first documentary, "Baby, It's You." Through this experience, she developed an intense interest in documentary filmmaking. Thus, when budget cuts at the National Endowment for the Humanities would no longer provide funding for dramatic productions, Makepeace reconceived the Curtis feature film as a historical documentary. Makepeace and her production team spent years conducting extensive research of primary sources and published materials in dozens of libraries, archives, museums, and private collections. Filming and post-production took place in 1998-2000, during which time Makepeace and her crew traveled throughout the United States and Canada to interview indigenous peoples and Curtis scholars. Makepeace was born in Middlebury, Connecticut. She studied at Stanford University, earning a B.A. in English (1969) and an M.A. in education (1971). She was an educator and, through her use of film and video in the classroom, developed an interest in filmmaking. She returned to Stanford to study documentary film, completing her M.A. in film studies in 1982. Her thesis film, Moonchild (1985), was sold to HBO, Bravo, PBS, and other networks around the world. Makepeace's other films include Whistle in the Wind (1987); Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991); Night Driving (1993); Ishi the Last Yahi (1995); Baby, It's You (1998); Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indians (2000); Robert Capa in Love and War (2003); Eleanor Roosevelt, Close to Home (2005); and Rain in a Dry Land (2006). Her films have been screened at festivals and museums around the world. She has been the recipient of many awards for her films, including an Emmy for "Robert Capa in Love and War." Makepeace has been funded by the Pulitzer Foundation, Sundance Documentary Fund, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Showtime Networks, HBO, PBS, A&E, and the American Film Institute. Makepeace has been a two-time writer/director fellow at the Sundance Institute and served on the Sundance 2001 Film Festival's documentary jury. In addition, she has been a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Blue Mountain Center.
Extent
15 linear feet of documents, 234 videocassettes (32 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. The library does not have the equipment to play the Betacam SP videocassettes in the collection.