Arts preview: Wex kicks off football season with “Rare Football Films: The Newsreels”

By Andy Downing
From the August 22, 2013 edition

Football season is just around the corner, and the Wexner Center is hosting a screening of “Rare Football Films” on Friday, Aug. 23, to help fans gear up.

The program includes 30 short films (most clock in around 90 seconds or so) culled from the newsreels in the Hearst Metronome Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and features rare clips of all-time greats like Knute Rockne and Howard “Hopalong” Cassidy. And while the footage confirms a number of things have certainly changed with the game through the years (player size, safety equipment, etc.), other things remain blissfully the same, judging by reels with titles like “Ohio State 21 – Michigan 7.”

Former Ohio State players John Hicks and Bobby Carpenter will join Director of Film/Video David Filipi for a post-screening chat, and more hardcore fans can kick off the evening with a pre-game parking lot tailgate that begins at 5:30 p.m.