UK indie Arrow Media has been commissioned by Smithsonian Channel to bring American history back to life in a new five-hour series.
America In Color spans five decades from the 1920s to the 1960s and will transform previously black-and-white footage into 4K color via modern techniques in footage restoration and colorization.
To create the series, Arrow Media sourced material from obscure documents, forgotten family vaults, Smithsonian’s archives and dedicated private collectors, while meticulously researching each image to ensure the original colors were updated as authentically as possible.
Featured in the series is footage of illegal drinking in speakeasies during the 1920s, rare home movies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression, scenes of the kamikaze attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Elvis Presley’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1950s, and the Nixon-Kennedy debate during the 1960s U.S. presidential elections (pictured).
America In Color is scheduled to premiere this summer.
Arrow Media’s Tom Brisley served as creative director, with Nick Metcalfe serving as executive producer and Lucie Ridout as series producer. The series was commissioned by Smithsonian’s Chris Hoelzl and David Royle.