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'Motown Revue' at Cinema Arts

The Temptations, formed  in 1961 in Detroit, Michigan.

The Cinema Arts Center presents “Motown Revue” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., featuring rare 1960s footage and a special tribute to Michael Jackson with the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Freeport Archivist Bill Shelley will be the guest speaker.

As a filmmaker, Shelley has been shooting professionally since the 1970’s when he captured on film and video the following bands playing in small bars and clubs before they became famous: The Stray Cats, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Shelley later associated with rap group Public Enemy, then known as Spectrum City. After they became established, they honored Shelley by asking him to join their cablevision television studio and become an honorary member of The African American Media Network. They even gave him the nickname “Dollar Bill,” due to his lack of funds at that time. He directed their Andreus 13’s videos “Paranoid,” “Channel Zero,” and “Conspiracy,” among others.

Shelley Archives Inc. was started in 1985. After working with Readers Digest Entertainment in 1990, the company’s end product was nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for the three part series “Legends of Comedy.” The program was broadcast on the Disney cable network, and home video sales exceeded a record breaking one million copies sold.

Today the company has more than 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archive and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows (from Europe & USA), promos, interviews, out-takes, and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is a main focus of the organization, as well as the desire to compensate the artists. The archives include rare films of such diverse subjects as jazz musicians, rock and roll performers, cartoons, comedies, Hitchcock, newsreels, travelogues, westerns, horror films, mysteries, musicals, African American subjects, television shows, sports, and feature films. The archives even include an extensive collection of silent films.

Admission is $9 for members and $12 for the public and includes a reception. Visit or call 1-800-838-3006.
Susan Finkelstein is the publicist for Cinema Arts Centre.

Tags: Huntington , film , music

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