Film historian-preservationist Bob DeFlores grew up in Hollywood immersed in showbiz culture. His parents performed in movies, on the radio, and in nightclubs, and his passion for the cinema and jazz music developed early. He began collecting and restoring films in 1953, and has since amassed a library of 6,000 works, including rare newsreels, cartoon shorts, sports footage, full-length features, and jazz and big band material.
DeFlores has assisted many legendary performers in completing their film libraries, including Bing Crosby, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Kitty Carlise, Eleanor Powell, Tex Benke, Buddy Rogers, Frankie Carle, Phil Harris, and Loretta Young. In addition, he has become a primary resource for historical footage and clips used on A&E's Biography series, as well as such galas as the Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammy Awards. Based in the Twin Cities, DeFlores frequently travels across the country to present work from his expansive archive at universities and various organizations. In conjunction with the exhibition The Cities Collect, the Walker presents this unique program of films selected by DeFlores from his personal film collection. DeFlores will host each event.