Carvalho’s Journey

Carvalho's Journey is a feature length documentary about Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897) a pioneering American Jewish artist and daguerreotypist born in Charleston, South Carolina. Produced for national broadcast on PBS, film festivals and wide educational distribution, the film tells the saga of Carvalho's extraordinary trip across the west as the first photographer to accompany an exploring expedition to the West. Visually ambitious and extensively researched, the film features interviews with scholars and writers, rare archival materials, original landscape cinematography and re-creations of the daguerreotype process to weave together a compelling narrative of the expansion of the American continent as seen through the eyes of a pioneering American artist.

85 minutes
Steve Rivo

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 19th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 20th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. 26th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  8. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  9. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  10. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  11. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  12. JewishFilm - 2016
  13. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  14. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  15. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  17. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  18. Uptown Jewish Film festival - 2019
  19. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

5 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Documenting The Westward Expansion: Carvalho’s Journey

    The movie is the story of Solomon Carvalho, a portrait painter and photographer who, in the 1850s, makes a journey across the United States documenting John Fremont’s expedition westward.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Prior to the 1850s there was avid interest in mapping a viable overland route for the transcontinental railroad across the Rocky Mountains. Famed Captain John C. Freemont, one of the leading western explorers of the 1830s and 40s known as the “pathfinder,” intended to find a pass through the Rockies ahead of the competition. After a disastrous failed fourth expedition during which 10 men died of starvation and frostbite, and there were reports of cannibalism, undaunted, Freemont would attempt his fifth expedition. This time he was to bring along a professional daguerreotypist (photographer), to record the terrain, and provide visual evidence to prove his way would be the viable overland train route that could service the nation year round. Freemont discovered “gold” when he met Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an artist and portrait daguerreotypist who signed on for the thrilling adventure after one-half hour’s talk with Freemont.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    One of the best films at this year’s New York Film Festival is one that really should be seen on the big screen. The film is a portrait of Solomon Nunes Carvalho and artist and photographer who traveled with John C. Frémont on his fifth trip into the west in 1853. It was a trip that changed the man and in some small way America as well.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

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    Carvalho’s Journey provides a unique look at an artist in the American West
    Film tells the story of famed Jewish photographer

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