Film Historian Jim D’Arc will visit Southern Utah University this week to discuss the region’s historical ties to Tinseltown in his presentation, “When Hollywood Came to Cedar City” as part of the University’s Convocation Lecture Series.
The series aims to address a variety of fields, ideas and perspectives each semester in its weekly presentations, and D’Arc’s lecture this Thursday, October 4, should prove interesting to students, historians and community members across the region.
Dr. D’Arc is the Curator of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive and author of When Hollywood Came to Town: The History of Moviemaking in Utah. The book draws on more than 30 years of research on what has until now remained a largely untold story in Utah’s history.
As part of an SUU Convocations partnership with Cedar City Corporation, D’Arc will also be a guest of the American Southwest Classic Film Festival held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cedar City's Heritage Theatre. The evening will feature a special screening of “The Proud Rebel,” filmed in Cedar City 55 years ago. D’Arc will interview the film’s co-star, David Ladd, prior to the screening.
While the screening is a ticketed event, D’Arc’s presentation Thursday afternoon at SUU is free and open to the general public. The Convocation lecture will be held at noon in the Sterling Church Auditorium within SUU’s Student Center.