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LSU Press, LSU Libraries to Host Oct. 2 Showing of Rare Silent Film, “Cruise of the Pintail,” Accompanying Book Signing

09/26/2011 12:06 PM

BATON ROUGE –Both LSU Press and LSU Libraries invite the public to a free showing of Fonville Winans’ rare silent film, “Cruise of the Pintail,” shot in Louisiana between 1932 and 1934.


The showing – scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall – celebrates the publication of “Cruise of the Pintail: A Journal by the LSU Press.” Copies of the book will be available for sale and the journal’s editors, Robert L. Winans and James R. Turner, will be on hand to autograph them


Featuring diary entries and more than one hundred images selected by Fonville’s son, Robert L. Winans, “Cruise of the Pintail” is the latest addition to the LSU Press’ Hill Collection series, which includes books based in part on the holdings of the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division.


The journal recounts Fonville’s experiences when he left his home in Fort Worth in 1932 and set out with two friends to seek adventure and fortune aboard a leaking rudderless sailboat, the Pintail, on the untamed waterways of Louisiana. Along the way, Fonville shot footage for a movie that he was sure would make the trio rich and famous, revealing the remote coastal landscapes and curious inhabitants of Louisiana’s southern-most reaches. The LSU Libraries has preserved a copy of the film that he made and has had it digitized for viewing and preservation purposes.


While admission to the event is free, donations for the libraries’ film preservation program will be welcomed.


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