Witness to Bloody History

Today, thanks to the ubiquitous nature of the cell phone, just about everyone has a video camera on hand. We document everything with it, from popular revolutions to playful kittens, but it was not that long ago that capturing live events took a lot more forethought and a great deal of luck. In 1963, when Abraham Zapruder caught President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on his home movie camera, he was one of the only people to do so. At less than 30 seconds of film, it is the most complete visual documentation of the slaying. The media-wary Zapruder entrusted the film rights to only one journalist who he thought had the cojones and credibility for the job: Richard Stolley, an editor at Life magazine. Stolley recalls the scramble for coverage and his efforts to track down Zapruder in the world premiere of Zapruder and Stolley: Witness to an Assassination at the Sixth Floor Museum. Following the screening, museum curator Gary Mack moderates a conversation with Stolley himself. The premiere takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St. Tickets are $5, but are included in the cost of museum admission. For further information or reservations call 214-747-6660 or visit jfk.org.
Sat., Nov. 19, 2 p.m., 2011

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