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Southwest Premiere of Oswald's Ghost Draws Over 500 to Texas Theatre
DALLAS/November 20, 2007—More than 500 people flocked to the historic Texas Theatre last night to attend the Southwest premiere of Oswald’s Ghost. The free event was hosted by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Produced by acclaimed director Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Radio Bikini) for American Experience in association with the BBC, the documentary film blends historical footage and contemporary interviews to create a thorough account of the Kennedy assassination and aftermath, while examining why this event continues to haunt the nation. After the film screening, the Museum's curator, Gary Mack, moderated a panel discussion with Stone and panelists Hugh Aynesworth and Josiah Thompson.
“We were honored to bring this unique program to the citizens of Dallas,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of the Museum. “Since 1989, the Museum has been committed to examining one of the most significant events in 20th century history. This screening enabled the Museum to extend its resources beyond the former Texas School Book Depository.”
The 90-minute film features interviews with authors Norman Mailer and Edward J. Epstein, politician Gary Hart, news anchor Dan Rather, activist Tom Hayden, historian Robert Dallek and others. Using a wealth of archival material, much of it never before publicly seen or heard, Stone chronicles America’s 40-year-plus year obsession with the pivotal event of a generation. Quietly implicit throughout the film is a haunting parallel to 9/11 and its aftermath.
“This is a film about how we absorbed and responded to the trauma and shock of being inexplicably—and repeatedly—robbed of our sense of idealism, optimism and security,” said Stone. “In the past six years, we've watched a new generation of Americans experience that same trauma.”
For more information about Oswald’s Ghost, visit www.pbs.org/americanexperience.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
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