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Secret Scripture’s Sebastian Barry on the journey from Dublin to Hollywood

By Kathleen Telling

Dublin-born author Sebastian Barry has received high praise for his novels, poetry, and plays alike. The mastermind behind a repertoire of over 20 published works, Barry weaves together the onward flow of modern Irish history, allusions to family folktales, and colorful characters with graceful sympathy. His 2008 novel, The Secret Scripture, is no exception to this stylistic triad. Read more

Behind the real magic of Hollywood’s Golden Age

By Marissa Kessenich

Co-authored by Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, lecturer and professor in The University of Texas’s Department of Theatre & Dance, The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop (Regan Arts) offers an unprecedented look at the breathtaking hand-painted backdrops of old Hollywood films like Cleopatra (1917), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and The Sound of Music (1965). Read more

Fellows Find: Lewis Allen, indie film pioneer

By Gracia Ramirez

Gracia Ramirez is an independent scholar whose research centers on the initiatives of independent film producers within the American film industry of the 1960s. She conducted research in the collection of American independent film and Broadway producer Lewis M. Allen last summer with support from a 2014-2015 Robert De Niro Fellowship from the Ransom Center. Below, she recounts how Allen’s shrewd production management and on-set relationships brought highly successful art-house creations to life.  

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