Wednesday, July 31, 2013
New documentary about Nixon co-produced by UK law professor airing on CNN Aug. 1
A new documentary about Pres. Richard Nixon which was co-produced by University of Kentucky assistant professor of law Brian Frye is airing on CNN tomorrow night, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m.
The television premiere will feature co-producers Frye and Penny Lane blogging live before and during the screening. The live blogging event begins at 1 p.m. here. The live blogging will also be available on Twitter here.
The film was premiered in Lexington on July 25 at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The television premiere on Aug. 1 will be repeated on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 10, on CNN at 9 p.m., midnight and 3 a.m. It begins a limited theater rollout in New York on Aug. 30.
The documentary consists mostly of Super 8 home movies shot by three Nixon aides. During the Watergate investigation, they were confiscated by the FBI and ended up, years later, in the National Archives. Frye and Lane paid the NA to make copies of the copies of the video before discovering that originals actually existed.
“We hired Jeff Kreines, inventor of the Kinetta film scanner, to travel to the Nixon Library and make the scans,” Frye and Lane wrote to CNN July 30. “He scanned every frame of the entire collection at a resolution much higher than HD video, and delivered them to us as digital files. This suited both our needs as filmmakers and the Nixon Library’s interest in experimenting with an affordable method of digital film preservation. Of course, it also meant we had to manually replace every frame of our film with the new scans — a saga unto itself — but it was worth it!”
Read our story from July 2 about the film: Two July events benefit Kentucky Theatre – screening of new Nixon film, Restaurant Day.