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Collection Title: Beymer (Richard) Freedom Summer Collection

Accession Number: AM05-21

Dates: 1964

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Donated by Mr. Richard Beymer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

One DVD copy of Richard Beymer's Freedom Summer documentary film, A Regular Bouquet. Mr. Beymer was a Freedom Summer volunteer in Mississippi in 1964, and made the film during his stay in the state. The film was later featured in the PBS series, "Eyes on the Prize." In 1964 the film won the Best Documentary Award at the Mannheim (Germany) Film Festival.

The film is approximately 35 minutes long, and portrays orientation sessions in Oxford, Ohio; the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi; Freedom Schools and community centers; voter registration attempts by African Americans; and scenes from the daily lives of African Americans. It also features voiceovers by local people and Freedom Summer volunteers.

In addition to being a film maker, Richard Beymer is an actor of some renown. Among his credits are major roles in West Side Story and The Diary of Anne Frank, and a significant part in The Longest Day. He also starred in the television serial, "Twin Peaks."


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