Turn Out the Stars When You Leave

My MFA thesis project was an exploration into the interactive presentation of academic writing. Titled Turn Out the Stars When You Leave: Twin Cities Movie Theaters in the Sound Transition, this website is part archive (or collection) and part academic paper. The essays discuss a few interconnected stories from the period when movie theaters were beginning to shift from silent to sound cinema, and the archive presents a variety of digitized artifacts, but mainly photos from the era and scans of the primary sources I used in writing the narrative. The goal was to support the historical arguments that I make in the essays, but to also provide additional context for them—an expansion of the narrative, in a sense.