Sam Goes Everywhere - Films Anything! - Exploring Sam Orleans East Tennessee Films

East Tennessee History Center
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Following years of work as a news stringer and cameraman for hire, Sam Orleans opened Knoxville’s first motion picture production studio in 1946. Throughout the next two decades, his company produced over 100 educational and industrial films, focusing on such subjects as driver's education, agriculture, health and nuclear power. Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Manager Eric Dawson will offer an overview of Orleans’s life and career, illustrated by clips from films shot in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge.