Leo Loving independent film collection, 2003

Overview of the Collection

Loving, Leo
Leo Loving independent film collection
2003 (inclusive)
1 VHS videocassette.
Collection Number
The Leo Loving independent film collection (2003) consists of a copy of a documentary about John Birch, an American military intelligence officer and Baptist missionary working in China before and during World War II. This collection is part of the Utah Independent Film Archive (UIFA).
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Leo Loving is a Utah filmmaker and the founder of Loving Images - The Good Movie Company. According to the company website, www.lovingimages.net, Loving Images is "dedicated to the proposition that respect for traditional American values is the best way to further American ideals and to secure peace and freedom for ourselves and future generations . . . Loving Images recognizes that these same values are accepted by men and women of good will the world over and is therefore, committed to presenting, upholding and promoting these values through the medium of film." Loving and his organization believe in the heroism and martyrdom of John Birch.

John Birch was originally sent to China as a missionary for the Fundamentalist Baptist Church. He quickly learned the language and taught the natives his beliefs. As the threat of Japanese invasion increased during World War II, Birch assisted the local Chinese governments as well as the United States military by aiding the Doolittle Raiders and later assisting to create an intelligence operation in China to help Chinese and US forces monitor the movements of the Japanese.

Birch later joined earned the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force and continued work in intelligence. Before the Japanese surrender, Birch was sent on a mission by his commanding officer, but he and his party were taken captive by Chinese Communist forces that later killed and mutilated him and one of his Chinese officers. Some belive his murder by Communist Chinese officers catalyzed the conflict between the US and Communist China.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Leo Loving independent film collection (2003) consists of a documentary about John Birch, a United States Air Corp captain working in China before and during World War II. This collection is part of the Utah Independent Film Archive (UIFA).

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Sara Montgomery in 2005.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 A Secret War Story: Who is John Birch?

VHS videocassette
Broadcast length documentary about the life and work of John Birch.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Independent filmmakers
  • World War II

Personal Names

  • Birch, John, 1918-1945

Geographical Names

  • China

Form or Genre Terms

  • Moving images