Much has been written here and elsewhere
about H. Lee Waters,
the photographer from Lexington, N. C., who in 1937 and 1940
made movies of our town and its people.
Mr. Waters work has now been immortalized. The Library of Congress,
which each year adds 25 significant motion pictures to its National
Film Registry, has chosen one of Mr. Waters' films for its 2004 list.
From their press release:
- This example of a "town portrait" was
chosen to honor itinerant filmmakers who made films of ordinary people
on typical days during the 1930s and 1940s. They showcased this
footage (in return for a portion of the receipts) at local cinemas
prior to the Hollywood feature films. The surviving footage of
the towns and its people often became the sole record of these
cultural enclaves. H. Lee Waters, who made movies in 117 towns
across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee,
filmed all of Kannapolis' separate communities, slyly making
sure to include lots of shots of children to attract the entire
family to the theaters.
Mr. Waters is in
good company. Two other films that made the list this year were Ben-Hur and Schindler's
Read the Library of Congress' complete press
In mid-2003 Duke University got a $10,000 federal grant to restore
and preserve nine of Waters' films. It was the second such grant.
Duke has a large collection of his work. Read about the man and his
methods on Duke
Library's Web site.
Although this artifact does not
pertain to Cliffside, it's a genuine article that Mr. Waters used
to promote his movies. Perhaps you have one he passed out in Cliffside.
|From Hazel Haynes Bridges collection