A Guide to the Sterling VanWagenen Papers, 1984-1985, n.d.
Sterling VanWagenen produced “The Trip to Bountiful” with screenwriter Horton Foote. VanWagenen was a co-founder of the United States Film Festival and the Sundance Institute, and served as the executive director of the latter organization for five years. He is also known as a director of stage and screen, and he has produced both films and documentaries. He currently heads the Leucadia Film Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“The Trip to Bountiful” was first written in 1953 by Horton Foote for the "Philco/Goodyear Television Playhouse," and starred Lillian Gish. A longer version opened eight months later on Broadway to critical acclaim. Thirty years later, Peter Masterson, an award-winning actor and director, approached his cousin Horton Foote about making “The Trip to Bountiful” into a movie. Masterson then contacted VanWagenen, who agreed to produce the film. Filming began in the summer of 1985 on location in Texas, and was completed in five weeks. The film starred Geraldine Page (in an Oscar-winning performance), John Heard, Carlyn Glynn, Richard Bradford, and Rebecca De Mornay.
Five folders of works, financial papers, photographs, promotional kits, and clippings, 1982-1986 contain materials from the 1985 film "The Trip to Bountiful." The collection highlights the filming of the movie and includes the screenplay and stage-play (both signed by writer Horton Foote), a copy of the budget, the main titles, photographs taken during the filming, press kits, a long press book giving background on the film, and clippings pertaining to the movie.
See also accessions 89-018, 89-084, 92-017, and 94-030 for other screenplays by Horton Foote. See R91-023 for photographs of Foote. See 93-158 for an article on Foote. Books by and about Foote have been cataloged separately.
Open for research.
Sterling VanWagenen Papers, Southwestern Writers Collection/Texas State University-San Marcos.
Donation from Sterling VanWagenen in 1987.
Processed by Jennifer B. Patterson, June 1994; Inventory revised by Brandy Harris, 2005.
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