The Olive Trees of Justice

Film screening at 1:00PM; “James Blue: A Life in Conversation” Panel at 2:30pm.

Presented as part of the Mid Century Oregon Genius series produced by Anne Richardson with support from Kinsman Foundation, Miller Foundation, and The James and Richard Blue Foundation.

This afternoon Richard Blue, the brother of Oscar nominated James Blue, will introduce James Blue’s The Olive Trees of Justice , an extremely rare film which won the Critics Prize at Cannes in 1962.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion titled “James Blue, a Life in Conversation.” Using archival photos from the Blue Collection to structure the narrative, three panelists will retrace his life from Tulsa to Portland to Eugene to Paris, then on to his professional breakthrough in Algiers, where he made The Olive Trees of Justice , his subsequent embrace of documentary, and his dual identity as filmmaker and educator.

The panelists are:
Richard Blue, the brother of James Blue.
James Dormeyer, Blue’s classmate at L’Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris and a close friend.
Gill Dennis, the screenwriter of Blue’s 1969 Oscar nominated doc, A FEW NOTES ON OUR FOOD PROBLEM, and a close friend.



Saturday, October 11