April 27 & 28, 2001
Spotlighting the Career of Louise Brooks
LuLu and ZaSu: Lust and Laughter
Special Guests include authors of books about two of Kansas'
famous film daughters:
Barry Paris, author, Louise Brooks: A Biography
Jay Fultz, author, In Search of Donna Reed
This year's festival will contrast the careers and lifestyles of Louise Lulu Brooks and ZaSu Pitts, who were natives of Kansas. Brooks was independent, intellectually daring, and sexually free. Pitts, who started her film career with dramatic parts, went on to be known for her zany, comedic roles. Pitts was born in Parsons and Brooks was born in Cherryvale, approximately 20 miles southwest of Parsons.
Fultz and Paris will speak at the festival and will be available to autograph their books.
Films to be shown include three silent classics starring Louise Brooks: A Girl in Every Port, Beggars of Life, and Pandoras Box.
Festival activities include a 1920's fashion show, memorabilia, movie shorts, and more. All activities will be at The Parsons Theatre and are free to the public. The festival is sponsored by the Parsons Arts and Humanities Council, Kansas Humanities Council, Labette County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Labette Community College, and by businesses and individuals.
Artwork © 2001 by Carol Yoho
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