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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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16mm. home movie footage of the 1969 Apollo 11 parade in Chicago, Illinois shot from various vantage points. The City of Chicago welcomed the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr., who are all seen briefly within the film. The majority of the film consists of crowd and street footage. From our Rhodes Patterson Collection. Chicago Film Archives owns copyrights to all films created by Rhodes Patterson.
Topics: Home Movies, Chicago, Parades
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Home movie footage of a 1938 Mae West performance at Chicago's Palace Theater (now known as the Cadillac Palace). From our Rhodes Patterson Collection. Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films created by Rhodes Patterson.
Topics: Home Movies, Chicago
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Here is a 16mm. home movie of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair in all its troubled splendor. It comes from our David Gray Collection, which includes other footage of Chicago from the 1930s through 1960s. Highlights of this reel include an animatronic tyrannosaurus rex, a strange looking Radio Flyer sculpture and a building titled "Infant Incubators - with living babies."
Topics: Home Movies, Chicago, Chicago World's Fair, 1930s, Century of Progress
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This educational film documents the "Wheels-a-Rolling" pageant of the Chicago Railroad Fair of 1948 and 1949. Sponsored by some 38 railroad companies along with suppliers such as The Budd Company and The Pullman Company, the fair drew thousands to its Lake Michigan shoreline location for a celebration of "100 years of railroad progress." The lengthy "Wheels-a-Rolling" pageant, written by railroad historian and visionary Edward Hungerford, presented an overview of...
Topics: Chicago, Railroads, Transportation, Historical Reenactments
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Rhodes Patterson (1914-2003) shot this silent short film at Chicago's Grant Park a day after the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While it doesn't depict any violence, the film captures the mood and tensions of the time, as well as a few instances of the "male gaze." From our Rhodes Patterson Collection. Chicago Film Archives owns copyrights to all films created by Rhodes Patterson.
Topics: Chicago, 1968 Democratic Convention