SEE: Taylor Made Films

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In the late 1930s Rev. Taylor added another dimension to his documentary quest.  He purchased a Bolex H-16 Movie Camera and produced 16 MM black and white and color films through the 1950s.  Taylor's films were more than home movies.  He transferred his remarkable ability to tell stories from his pulpit to make film statements about the vibrant African American Communities in the Memphis Delta Region.

ImagePerhaps taking the lead from commercial movies or a pamphlet he purchased at the camera store, Rev. Taylor began his films with an introductory title Taylor Made Pictures.  He used title cards throughout the films to provide information while revealing his humor and enjoyment in each film production.  The title of this exhibit, Taylor Made, is taken from these title cards.

Once Rev. Taylor processed and edited a film he'd show it to the business or church.  He would charge a small fee for people to see the movies as indicated by the ticket for The Negro in Church LifeThe film segments in this exhibit are drawn from over 15 hours of film footage in The Taylor Collection

Please note that these films were produced by Rev. Taylor with no sound.

Click to open SEE Films: Religious
Click to open SEE Films: Community
Click to open SEE Films: Business

Click a SEE icon to watch these films showcasing Religious, Community and Business life of Memphis' African American community.

Please help us with our ongoing research and let us know if you recognize anyone in the selected films.  To contact us, just click the link next to the corresponding film title.
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