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2015

“The Shape of Shreveport” Documentary Series, LSUS Involvement

June 23, 2015

By: Emily Wright

Two history professors from LSU Shreveport and the staff of the Louisiana archives collection in the Noel Memorial Library at LSUS contributed to the development of “The Shape of Shreveport” Documentary Series.

The series is about the city and its roots in Louisiana history.

“The vision is about wanting people to know more about who we are and where we come from and to foster understanding and awareness about our city,” said Dr. Cheryl White, associate professor of history.

White said two local businessmen, Will and Jim Broyles, worked with the creative organization Strategery to produce the Shreveport documentary.

White said she and Dr. Gary Joiner, chair of history and social sciences, were the consulting historians on the project and were interviewed in January about the history of the city and its greatest stories.

“I think the documentary highlights the most significant stories about Shreveport. I hope the series makes people excited about living here,” White said. “The LSUS history department is honored and thrilled to be involved in the project of such high quality and professionalism.”

In addition to researching the city’s history, both professors can be seen on camera in some of the episodes.

“There is nothing else that’s like this. The quality is as good as professional TV shows and it’s very visual,” Joiner said. “I am as proud of this project as anything that has been done before and I hope it will change people’s perceptions of Shreveport and will make them appreciate this city.”

For the researchers on the Shreveport series, the archival collections at LSUS had the items they were looking for to be in the documentary.

“This documentary is just one prime example of how valuable our regional archives is.  We have actively endeavored to collect documentation of the history of the Ark-La-Tex for thirty years.  Because of that, these unique materials have been preserved in a central location for anyone who is interested in the history of our region to come and do research,” said Laura McLemore, associate curator and archivist at LSUS. “We’ve really enjoyed seeing The Shape of Shreveport come together and we’re looking forward to helping with new episodes in the future.”

Previous episodes of “The Shape of Shreveport” documentary series can be viewed at the Robinson Film Center. Upcoming episodes can viewed at The Strand Theatre, and at the Robinson Film Center shortly thereafter.

Joiner said further research, development, and production will likely continue through this year before the entire documentary project is completed. The series will be available to Caddo Parish schools and libraries, Joiner said, and more venues are expected but have not yet been determined. Television airing of the documentary on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting station is currently in the early stages of development.

Mindy Hinderberger, Strategery project manager, stated that they will soon upload the previously shown episodes to The Shape of Shreveport website, and are working on producing DVD copies to be sold to the public.

Hinderberger said the next four episodes of the documentary series will premiere in August or September but the date, time, and location are to be announced.

For more information about the series, Strategery, or the archives, visit www.shapeofshreveport.com or www.strategery.agency or www.tinyurl.com/lsus-archives. For a list of showings at the Robinson Film Center, visit www.robinsonfilmcenter.org.

 

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs (including the new online MBA), and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, as well as over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit www.lsus.edu