Insight: Catholic Television
from The Twilight Zone
Archival Program by
Jeff Martin & Mark Quigley
Friday, November 7th at 8:00 pm, $7-10
Mark Quigley of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Independent Archivist Jeff Martin bring another rare and insightful TV program to The Nightingale!
Created, produced, and hosted by Paulist priest Father Ellwood E. Kieser, the landmark anthology television series “Insight” debuted in the 1960-61 season and aired nationally in syndication for well over two decades. Top Hollywood artists such as Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Bob Newhart, Patty Duke, William Peter Blatty, Michael Crichton and Martin Sheen contributed their talents to the series, drawn by the show’s reputation for stretching the creative boundaries of television. With a “Twilight Zone”-esque tone, “Insight” (produced on 2″ videotape) received critical acclaim and won numerous Emmy Awards for addressing difficult social issues and humanist themes, often with black humor or stark realism. But like many non-network television programs of the time, “Insight,” is no longer broadcast and has faded from memory, a relic of another time. This screening will be a rare opportunity to experience truly genre-defying television.
“INSIGHT: LOCUSTS HAVE NO KING”
(1965) (27 min) – Directed by Ted Post
In this noir-tinged episode, a businessman is drugged and jailed on morals charges as he stands against political corruption in his municipality. Screenwriter: Gilbert Ralston. Cast: William Shatner, Geraldine Brooks.
The screening will begin with a 7-minute “Insight” highlight reel, and will also include a selection of rare TV “bonus material”: interstitials, bumpers, newsbreaks, and other surprises.
Jeff Martin is an archivist experienced in caring for both archival collections and time-based artworks. A 2005 graduate of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, and a 2007 post-graduate research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum, he retains a deep and abiding affection for the forgotten realms of television history.
Mark Quigley is an access and research archivist for UCLA Film & Television Archive. His interests include orphan television, broadcast ephemera and films made in the public interest. He holds an M.F.A. in Film, Television, and Digital Media from UCLA and teaches in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies Program.
Organized by Christy LeMaster
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