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BYU lecture Sept. 9 to detail history of moviemaking in Utah

“When Hollywood Came to Town: The Heritage of Moviemaking in Utah” by James D'Arc

James D’Arc, curator of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive, will present “When Hollywood Came to Town: The Heritage of Moviemaking in Utah” Thursday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

Admission to the event is free, and the public is welcome.

D’Arc, who recently published a book by the same title, has amassed the stories behind key films that made Utah famous in Hollywood.

“The story of Hollywood moviemaking in Utah is about people and places,” said D’Arc. “It’s a legacy of 20th-century pioneers who brought Hollywood into the Beehive State in the mid-1920s. Their hospitality and can-do determination resulted in their coming back and back again for decades.”

“He spent years talking to the stars, producers and directors behind the films and has built a great behind-the-scenes collection,” said Roger Layton, communications manager for the Lee Library. “It’s a great opportunity for film lovers to see their home state, if they’re from Utah.”

D’Arc’s lecture inaugurates a special season of films shot in Utah that will be shown in the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series this fall. His speech is part of the library’s House of Learning Lecture Series, an annual occasion that furthers the library’s mission to be BYU’s preeminent “house of learning.”

For more information, visit lib.byu.edu/news/ or contact Roger Layton at (801) 422-6687.

Writer: Philip Volmar

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