New and Events
Olive Trees of Justice Restoration Project – June 11, 2016
Screening and luncheon to raise funds for the restoration of James Blue’s only feature length film, The Olive Trees of Justice (1962) was held at New York City’s new Metrograph Theatre on June 11. The Olive Trees of Justice was shot in Algeria during the war of independence from France. It was shot under the guise of a documentary about the Algerian wine industry. James Blue personally carried the film to Cannes in 1962 and walked away with the first American Critics Choice Award. The James Blue Alliance is raising funds to restore this important film. Please consider contributing to this cause. Special thanks to Jake Perlin of the Metrograph Theatre for hosting the event, and JBA Board Member Richard Herskowitz for event planning and coordination.
News and Events
The March Screening – Jan. 19th MLK Day!
The March – 1963 (Restored Version) – Screening January 19th, 2014 at The Waypost, 3120 N. Williams Ave with special guests jazz ensemble Mohawk Avenue! Screening at 7pm, music following. No cover. On August 28, 1963, 250,000 Americans converged on Washington DC to attend The March for Jobs and Freedom. This 33 minute documentary is perhaps the most important documentary made of the events that day. The film is listed in the National Film Registry as being one of the most culturally significant films ever made and was recently restored by the US National Archives. The film was prohibited from being shown in the US until recently when it literally took an act of congress to allow it to be shown domestically. Directed by the late James Blue on behalf the United States Information Agency. Introduction to screening by his nephew Daniel Blue, Secretary, the James Blue Alliance. Come check out this historic film!
November/December 1859 Oregon Magazine Article:
Who Was James Blue
James Dormeyer was born three hours northeast of Paris in the Lorraine region of France. Just across the German border, the Lorraine Valley, was, in 1944, occupied by German forces. When Dormeyer was 8 years old, American troops led by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower liberated his hometown. “The fascination for everything American ran back to my childhood because my grandfather often told me the story of the fairy Vivianne who would take good children with her on a winged duck all the way to California,” he said. “And when later, in 1944, American soldiers arrived to liberate my town and country and also give away chocolates and chewing gum, I was sure that most of these soldiers had come from California and could be nothing but nice.” James Blue, said Dormeyer, effortlessly countenanced these childhood images. “He was the America one dreams of. He had the beautiful face of America, an America spontaneous, tender, almost naive, bold and contradictory.” Read More.