Martin and Osa Johnson, Kansas’ own exploring duo, were best known around the world as “The boy and girl next door who made movies far away” during the 1920s and 30s. Their legacy of motion pictures and unprecedented wildlife photography continue to draw the interest of international scholars as well as the general public. People around the world still thrill to the romance and adventure that mark the Johnson’s lives thanks to public programs designed by the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, KS.
On September 25, Final Friday audiences will get to experience the excitement of seeing Martin and Osa’s story on the silver screen once more at the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita. This film celebration, hosted by Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, will begin at 6 p.m. when doors will open for a short reception. There will be introductions and a documentary film will start at 6:45 p.m. The curator of the Safari Museum, Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer, will present a brief talk on the Johnsons and discuss exhibition photographs and artifacts from the museum during the pre-show reception and will take questions from the crowd after the film screening.
Adventure Lovers, the English language version of the French “Les Amants de l’Aventure” will be the featured presentation of this evening. Shot on location in Africa, New York and Kansas, this was the first full length documentary produced on the life and times of the Johnsons. At its debut, the film won the Grand Prize at the Jules Verne Film Festival in Paris and it has been translated into five languages for showings across the globe. “2015 is the 75th Anniversary of Osa Johnson’s book I Married Adventure as well as the Columbia Pictures feature film of the same title in which Osa stars as herself.” says Borgeson Zimmer. “We’ve chosen Adventure Lovers to show as it elegantly encapsulates Martin and Osa’s global adventure story by showcasing the very best of their cinematographic legacy. This is a monumental task since over 140 miles of footage plus approximately 18,000 expedition photographs exists today, most of it the only record of lost cultures, vanishing wildlife, and breathtaking vistas of Africa, the South Seas islands and southeast Asia.”
The program and film are open to the public free of charge for this Final Friday celebration filled with tales of unparalleled adventures. For directions to the Downtown Senior Center at 200 S Walnut St, Wichita, KS, 67213, please call 316-267-0302. For more information on Martin and Osa Johnson or the museum dedicated to them in Chanute, Kansas, please call 620-431-2730 or visit SafarMuseum.com.