In 1930, E. R. F. Johnson, inventor and former corporate magnate, was asked by his friend and former University of Pennsylvania classmate John S. Clarke and Captain Vladimir Perfilieff to fund a zoological and ethnographic expedition to be undertaken and filmed in the Mato Grosso plateau of Brazil. Matto Grosso (1931) is the result of this joint expedition, which documents the people, animals, and environment of the Brazilian region.
Join us for the kick-off event for the symposium, Animals in the Archive, that takes place the next day. Matto Grosso is the second film of our fall series, EcoTime.
The event is organized by Etienne Benson, Zeb Tortorici, and Carolyn Fornoff.