Long-Withheld Orville Nix Film
Of JFK Assassination Is Released In Dallas
second most important film of the assassination)
by Mike Crissey, The Associated Press, November
A L L A S, Nov. 22 The second most important footage
of the assassination of John F. Kennedy has been made available
to the public exactly 37 years after his presidency abruptly
ended in a hail of bullets.
About 200 people crowded into the Texas Book Depository Building
on Tuesday to watch the 24½-second film recorded Nov.
22, 1963, by Orville Nix Sr.
The footage is the only known motion picture of the assassination
that also shows part of the grassy knoll, the area where speculation
about a second gunmen persists.
Filmed from the south curb of Houston Street and the northwest
corner of Main Street, the footage contains three scenes: the
motorcade entering Dealey Plaza, the last shot of the assassination
in front of the grassy knoll, and the panic and confusion afterward.
The most well-known frames of the film show Jackie Kennedy climbing
over the trunk of the presidential limousine, scrambling to
pick up pieces of the presidents shattered skull, and
Secret Service agent Clint Hill climbing onto the trunk.
The Nix film is considered by historians and other experts to
be the second most important piece of footage because it was
filmed from the opposite angle of the Abraham Zapruder film
and shows what was going on behind Zapruder in the grassy knoll.
In Nixs film, Zapruder can be seen in a few frames.
Nix donated a first-generation copy and the copyright to the
color home movie to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
The 8 mm camera is also on display at the museum.
One of the things we hope for the Nix film is that as
technology advances ... hopefully we can find something,
said Jeff West, executive director of the museum.
Nixs son, Orville Nix Jr., told viewers his fathers
film was largely happenstance and took so long to reach the
public partly because the family wanted to keep their privacy.
He loved that camera, he was always taking pictures of
things and this was something that just happened, Nix
said of his father, who died in 1972. It was a sad thing
Now, I want people to see and draw their own conclusions,
it is part of history, he said.
At the time of the investigation, the FBI used the Nix film
to study the assassination and the Warren Commission reproduced
six frames. Portions of the film were used in Oliver Stones
1991 movie JFK.
Museum officials said the location of the original film is unknown.
United Press International purchased it in December 1963, but
when UPI returned the copyright to the Nix family along
with several duplicates of the film the original was
The Nix images were included with footage by Tina Towner Barnes,
who also filmed the motorcade, and Malcolm Couch, who rode behind
the president as a photographer for Dallas TV station WFAA.
Some of those who attended the invitation-only screening said
it gave them a firsthand glimpse of a tragedy many people remember
but didnt witness.
Many of us only had the radio to initially tell us about
the event, the films gave me a different perspective of the
assassination, said Mary Katherine Maddox, 65.
Stone's self-proclaimed "countermyth," JFK mocks
the doubtful veracity of the Warren Commission's
findings on the Kennedy assassination and summmarizes
some of the myriad theories that have been proposed
in its stead. Focusing on the investigation by New
Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison into the
activities of the FBI and other government agencies
as well as their attempted cover-ups, Stone weaves
fact and speculation into a compelling argument
for the reopening of the case files.
The Movie Trailer To Oliver Stone's "JFK"
Men Who Killed Kennedy
medical technician who was at the autopsy states categorically
that the body he saw was not the one shown in the
official photographs. The mortician who buried Lee
Harvey Oswald reveals a startling discovery made 18
years later. A highly decorated Army officer says
he was trained to eliminate key witnesses... Forty
years after JFK was shot in Dallas, controversy rages
around his assassination. The Men Who Killed Kennedy,
an authoritative six-part series drawing on exclusive
interviews with highly placed government sources and
independent investigators, is the most comprehensive
examination of the case ever filmed.
The Complete Story in 6 Parts:
The Coup d'Etat - A medical technician casts doubts
on the official autopsy photographs, and photo analysis
undermines the lone gunman theory.
The Forces of Darkness - See two shadowy figures on
the grassy knoll, and find out about the "lost"
home movie that contained key evidence.
The Cover-Up - An FBI agent confirms that evidence
has been suppressed, and a notorious criminal is confronted
about his possible role.
The Patsy - Witness Oswald's reaction when charged
with the shooting, and the mortician who buried the
alleged assassin reveals what he discovered 18 years
The Witnesses - The people who were there - but who
the government chose to ignore - tell their versions
of what happened at Dealey Plaza. The Truth Shall
Set You Free - See conclusive proof that the official
autopsy photos were faked, and hear from an Army Colonel
who says he was trained to eliminate witnesses to