MORNING STAR STUDIO

Sandra Hubbard

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Morning Star Studio specialized in multi-faceted communications productions.

Welcome to SandraHubbard.com! This website features the work of Morning Star Studio, and the documentary work of Sandra Hubbard. We hope you will find it easy to maneuver. If you have any inquiries, please click here, and Sandra will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
 
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THE DVD’S

Steve’s Show – an offering completed in 2003 that tells the story of the popular teen dance party that pre-dated American Bandstand on KTHV, Channel 11 in Little Rock.
 
The Lost Year – the most recent documentary completed in 2007, chronicling the events and the memories of the students who were locked out of their high schools in Little Rock following the Crisis at Central High year, the school year 1958 – 1959.
 
For additional information, click on this link: www.thelostyear.com.
 
The Giants Wore White Gloves – the incredible story of the courageous members of the Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools. These women were largely responsible for the re-opening of the Little Rock High Schools in 1959 – 1960.
 
“The Archives” below relates to Hubbard saving a national broadcasting affiliate’s news archives that they were destroying. Hubbard became aware of the travesty to Arkansas History, saved the archives from 1982 – 1994. Mainly the Clinton years. Inquiries invited.
 
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STEVE’S SHOW

The early days of TV rock ’n’ roll are the time capsule of Steve’s Show. This phenomenally successful show, produced in Little Rock, Arkansas, before Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, became a fifties’ icon and rite of passage into young adulthood for a generation of Arkansas teenagers.

Steve’s Show drew such large crowds that admission tickets were counterfeited! The show’s regulars, “Steverinos,” were statewide celebrities.
Stars like Liberace, the Beverly Hillbillies, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Fabian, Charlie Rich and Tommy Sands made regular appearances on Steve’s Show.
 
Steve Stephens, the popular and energetic host, was selected as Arkansas’ Top Television Personality every year from 1957-1961.
 
Surprise guests in the Steve’s Show documentary include “Steverinos” Ret. General Wesley Clark, former President Bill Clinton and CNN newscaster Bob Franken.
 
Before there was Dick Clark’s American Bandstand there was Steve’s Show from Little Rock, Arkansas!
 
Steve Stephens himself narrates the rowdy rollicking origins of the original studio dance show.
 
Meet the local kids who became “stars,” the celebrity Guest Stars who dropped by to visit, and relive the dance moves and music from the early days of TV and Rock ’n’ Roll!
 
One of Steve’s early “Steverinos” became President of the United States!
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THE LOST YEAR

Many people recognize the events at Little Rock Central High School as a symbol of stubborn resistance against school desegregation in 1957.
 
BUT THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY!
In the year following the Central High Crisis, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus signed into law legislation that would close all of the public high schools in Little Rock. More than 3,500 students—black and white—were locked out of public education, while almost 200 teachers and administrators were locked in under contract to serve empty classrooms.
Families were torn apart as teenage students moved away to attend schools in other towns or, in some cases, other states. Some studied to enter college early. Some took correspondence courses. Some simply abandoned school and went to work, or joined the military. Race was, predictably, a factor in the ways different students fared: 93 percent of white students found alternative schooling, while only 50 percent of black students were able to do the same.
 
The Lost Year was a time of great unrest for citizens of Little Rock. Families were in turmoil and communities were divided as the members of the School Board changed again and again, state legislators passed laws targeting members of the NAACP, and teachers were fired under suspicion of supporting integration.
 
The Little Rock Desegregation Crisis did not begin and end with Central High alone.
 
In the documentary film The Lost Year, the recollections of students and teachers who lived through this tumultuous time are interspersed with narration explaining the history and politics of the year to bring this previously untold story to vivid life.
 
The Lost Year is just one component of The Lost Year Project, which comprises a web site, the film, and a book. To learn more about the project, and about this fascinating and unexplored year in Arkansas history, visit The Lost Year Project.
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THE GIANTS WORE WHITE GLOVES

A group of respectable middle-class white women fought Governor Faubus’ and the segregationists’ order to close Little Rock’s public schools — and won!
 
The story of the Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools has never been told, till now.
“These courageous women changed the course of Civil Rights history, and are national heroes.”
 
Award winning documentary filmmaker Sandra Hubbard explores the courage and commitment of these “giants” — from their initial secret meetings to their honor four decades later by the National Education Association’s Civil Rights Award.
 
The 1958 school year began with a vote by the public, brought on by legislation passed in the Legislature that summer to close the four high schools in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas and once again avoid integration.
A group of respectable middle-class white women, faced with the prospect of no schools, as well as the further loss of their city’s good name, turned militant.
 
Led by Adolphine Fletcher Terry, a prominent ‘old family’ civic leader in her seventies, they quickly put together the Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC), a highly effective organization that bombarded the city with ads, fliers and statements challenging Faubus and the segregationists’ act
 
Forty five years later, these courageous women are honored for their work in changing the course of civil rights history. With integrity, they withstood the challenges of the battle, accomplished their goal of reopening the city high schools and went on to be a political force until they disbanded in 1963.

In 1999, the Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools was awarded the National Education Association’s Civil Rights Award.
The Giants Wore White Gloves is a powerful and moving documentary that explores the little-known story behind the women and political leaders behind the resolution of the Little Rock integration crisis.
 
“A rare and valuable piece of history!”
“At peak membership, the WEC numbered more than two thousand. Largely inexperienced in politics when they joined the WEC, these women became articulate, confident promoters of public schools and helped them to understand that those schools must remain open.”


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“At peak membership, the WEC numbered more than two thousand. Largely inexperienced in politics when they joined the WEC, these women became articulate, confident promoters of public schools and helped them to understand that those schools must remain open.” Dr. Sara Alderman Murphy – Breaking the Silence
Seated, Interviewed members of the WEC: Jane Mendel, Dorothy Morris, Pat House, Irene Samuel. Standing: film crew: Rod Laver, Bob Hooper, Mo Emison, Sandra Hubbard, Tommy Alford, Kyle Cassil.
Seated, Interviewed members of the WEC: Jane Mendel, Dorothy Morris, Pat House, Irene Samuel. Standing: film crew: Rod Laver, Bob Hooper, Mo Emison, Sandra Hubbard, Tommy Alford, Kyle Cassil.

ARCHIVES

In January of 2002, Sandra Hubbard, independent film producer, heard a rumor on the street that the local affiliate for a national broadcasting company was going to dispose of their video and film archives dating back to the early 1960’s. They were moving into a new building, and said the new space didn’t have room for all of the archives. Their film archive filled about half of a room, and was stored in those round metal containers known for holding film. These containers can become dangerous and combustible after years of storage. The other half of their archives—what they were getting rid of—was a room full of 3/4 inch tapes, the big ones. There were about 7,000 of these tapes, dating from 1982 – 1992, the Clinton years. Hubbard contacted the affiliate and inquired as to how to save the archives. A response came back that they had tried to donate the tapes and film reels to several historical entities in Arkansas, and no one had the room or the money to take them on. As a result, and unbeknownst to Hubbard, they methodically dumped their entire film library out the window into a construction-site dumpster.
 
When Hubbard called to check on the progress being made in finding some institution or entity to take on the archives, she found that the film library had already been disposed of, and the 7,000 ¾-inch tapes were to be thrown away the following week. She immediately swung into action, and found out where the film library was “dumped.” She went to the location, met with the landfill people, garnered the support of former governor David Pryor, and began the quest to retrieve the film library. Alas, it had been crushed by the huge rollers on the gigantic earth-moving machines at the landfill. As a result, she began begging the affiliate to let her at least save the remaining 3/4 inch archive.
 
Finally, after numerous phone calls, she was given the go-ahead to “show up on Monday with a truck and some men, and take all you can in one day,” which she did. She rented a truck and hired three workers and they managed to gather all of the tapes and moved them. The task was remarkable, and the entire day was spent loading and unloading the tapes into Hubbard’s home, basement, and dining room, with some left over in the carport.
 
Those tapes are now safe and secure, and are being transferred to a more suitable and stable format. Each tape has numerous entries of Bill and Hillary Clinton, as they were at the peak of their leadership in the state during those years. It is an invaluable look at the history of our state and nation over the years.
 
Hubbard is looking for organizations through which she can obtain grants to have the content digitized and catalogued for future generations. The archives are also available to be included in other projects. Inquiries are invited.
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