DCA Film

Created on May 13, 2016

The DCA (Dallas Cinema Association) film is a collection of several amateur films taken throughout the motorcade. It was commercialized in 1964 in a 8-mm format.

DCA film box cover

Here is my “digitized” copy of the one that I bought. It is the only complete version on YouTube.

But the clearest version of the scenes taken in Dealey Plaza are in this one. It was captured off Robert Groden’s DVD called The Assassination Films.

As far as the assassination is concerned, the two most important films are the Martin film and the Mentesana film.  It is often hard to tell who of Martin or Mentesana took what film. So I will stick to only the images I’m sure about. It is unclear if all the published films are complete. Possibly, the originals have remained unseen.


58-year-old John Martin filmed the motorcade on Main turning on Houston Street, and on Elm Street. The head shot is not shown as Martin stopped filming. That will be clear when you see the video. But the film shows crowd movement after the shots and the motorcade cars traveling down toward the underpass. He ran up the grassy knoll where he met, he was later told, a man of the Treasury Department. (The Pictures of the Pain, page 571). He remained around the Depository for about 10 minutes. In an FBI interview, Martin said he met an SS agent (TPOTP, page 572).

After this encounter, he went back to his office, and came back to the Depository at 12:50. At that time, he had used 25 feet of his 50-foot film. He started taking more film. He then thought he had finished the roll just to discover that only 25 feet had been taken because there was a crimp in the film, something he had never experienced before. (TPOTP, page 573). He remained at Dealey Plaza until 4 PM, talking to  people.

Martin 1

Limo in front of the Depository

Martin 2

WFAA cameraman Couch filming from a car

Martin 3

WBAP cameraman Jim Darnell filming in the parking lot

DCA-Euins, Harkness, 3wheeler 2

Witness Amos Euins on the back of a 3-wheel vehicle driven by Officer D.V. Harkness

Martin 6

Depository Bill Lovelady in red shirt on the bottom-right

Martin 7

Witness Charles Brehm with patrolman Clyde Haygood


He was a 45-year-old owner of a grocery (TPOTP, page 577). His  film does not show the motorcade at all. But it shows various scenes taken several minutes after the shooting.

Mentesana 1

In front of the Depository. Firetruck and a white KRLD-TV car

Mentesana 2

Two officers on the 7th floor, That’s not the front of the Depository, but the East side of it.

Mentesana 3

Investigators discussing. One has a shotgun. Amateur photographer Jay Skaggs is on the left. He also took a photo of that scene. See below.

Skaggs-Slide #17


My other blogs

Witnesses and Suspects in Dealey Plaza

The Activities of Dallas TV and Radio People on the Weekend of the Assassination

Denver Post. November 22, 23, 24 and 25 Editions

Cameramen and Photographers Along the Motorcade Route

The Missing Craven Film Taken in Dealey Plaza

The Parkland Hospital Transcripts

Map of Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza During the Shooting

Locating Media People (Other than Photographers and Cameramen) in Dealey Plaza

Locating Professional Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza

Locating Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza

Is Beverly Oliver the Babushka Lady Taking Pictures of the JFK Assassination?

Bad Luck with Cameras in Dealey Plaza and Photographers not Taking Pictures at the Right Time

Where are the Original of these Films Taken in Dealey Plaza?

Lost, Missing, Over-Exposed, Unavailable Photos and Films and Dubious Claims

Unidentified Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza

The Mary Moorman Photos

6th Floor: Photos and films taken inside

The Oswald Films: An Outline

Roger Craig, Deputy Sheriff

Known Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza







My YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/DenisMorissetteJFK/videos   youtube icon

See Robin Unger’s photo and film blog



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