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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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Media Burn
Jul 26, 2005
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Excerpt from documentary about the advertising business includes: Footage of commercial shoot, text about the anonymity of most admen and about how this program intends to give them a voice, The Pontiac Choir Boys do a commercial, George Lois, chairman, Lois, Holland, Callaway, New York, explains the power that comes from commercial production - ÂPoom! ItÂs like poison gas..Poom! ThatÂs sensational. Oh yeah, thatÂs great.Â
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Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
Mar 5, 2006 Nancy Cain, Bart Friedman, Parry Teasdale
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One portion of an episode of Lanesville TV, a pioneering community program broadcast weekly by Media Bus. The Lanesville crew jokingly investigates a UFO sighting, getting the whole community to play along.
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Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Media Burn
Apr 12, 2007 Tom Finerty with Scott Jacobs and Starr Sutherland
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Hobo Excerpt from documentary exploring the quickly vanishing hobo culture. We speak with the old-timers who have ridden the rails for years and learn about the new generation. This excerpt is the beginning of the doc, and features narration about radio HOBO, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," and passing trains. Closeups of various hobos and passing landscapes. Old hobo talks about hopping first train. Hobos talk about romanticism of the rails. National PBS broadcast. Won local Chicago...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jul 26, 2007 Bert Salzman
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favorite 4
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The melting pot of the Pacific is the settling for this story of a teenager whose ingenuity enables his proud grandfather to retain his precious way of life. See Suzuki represents not only the rich racial mix of his unique state, but also its hope for the future. Awards: Midwest Film Festival “ Merit Award”
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jul 26, 2007 Bert Salzman
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A bilingual girl of Mexican-American parents has ambitions to be teacher. She gets early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. Awards: Columbus Film Festival : ”Best Film in category” Aired on CBS Children’s Film Festival
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jul 26, 2007 Bert Salzman
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Matthew's Uncle Isak comes to visit the family in Anchorage after undergoing harsh and unfruitful hunting conditions in the North. Uncle Isak's challenges in dealing with a more structured urban environment presents a problem for he and family. The story is poignant especially when told by the Eskimos in the film; at these times the faces of the narrators reveal their sorrow and unease even more than their words. Awards: Midwest Film Festival Merit Award. Alaska Council of Arts Award.
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jul 26, 2007 Bert Salzman
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A young Apache boy is torn between the traditions of his heritage and the challenging life led by his cousin, who left the reservation to become an astronomer. The boy is also faced with deciding whether to keep a tribal artifact from his grandfather or trade it for a new TV. He does the latter in order to buy a birthday present for the grandfather. However, when Geronimo turns on the TV, the two are instantly reminded of the relationship of the Native American to contemporary society. The...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Media Burn
Sep 23, 2007 Tom Weinberg, Laura Cavestani, Jodi Sibert
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Excerpt from documentary following several unknown actors as they attempt to become movie and TV stars (or, at least, make a living by acting). Sequences include actors working their day jobs (mostly in food service), going to auditions, waiting for acting work at Schwabs Drugstore, etc. Also features several famous actors discussing what it takes to be successful in Hollywood, including Tab Hunter, Shelly Winters, and Sally Kirkland. In this segment, actors hanging out at Schwab's Drugstore...
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Topic: Behind the Scenes
Media Burn
Sep 23, 2007 Tom Weinberg, Laura Cavestani, Jodi Sibert
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Excerpt from documentary following several unknown actors as they attempt to become movie and TV stars (or, at least, make a living by acting). Sequences include actors working their day jobs (mostly in food service), going to auditions, waiting for acting work at SchwabÂs Drugstore, etc. Also features several famous actors discussing what it takes to be successful in Hollywood, including Tab Hunter, Shelly Winters, and Sally Kirkland. This segment features Shelley Winters and Sally Kirkland....
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Topic: Behind the Scenes
Media Burn
Nov 1, 2007 Ant Farm, Chip Lord, Doug Michels, Curtis Schreier, Uncle Buddie, Tom Weinberg
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favorite 21
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A video art piece examining the media, particularly Television news. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, a "media circus" assembles at San Francisco's Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets. Preceding the event are actual clips from various TV news...
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Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
Nov 15, 2007 Tom Weinberg and Skip Blumberg
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Documentary about a man named Michael Johnson, a janitor at United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. (The title refers to this connection between the subject and basketball star Michael Jordan.) Johnson talks about his life and history and also about his views on race, politics, and survival. Johnson was taped again a few years later with updates on his situation and commenting on the impact being on television has had on his life. Some of the original footage was used in a program called...
favorite ( 2 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
Academic Film Archive of North America
Nov 26, 2007 Carson Davidson Productions
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favorite 10
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Follow the step-by-step execution of a woodblock print by artist Lowell Naeve from initial sketch to completed edition. Emphasizes the unique qualities of the medium for creative expression. For more on director Carson Davidson, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: art, woodblock, printing
Media Burn
Dec 15, 2007 Tom Weinberg and Scott Jacobs
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favorite 4
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A moving portrait of a promising young boxer. We see him reeling after his first victory, certain of his impending fame and fortune. We also see the boy after his first big loss and his recognition that its really going to be hard for him to support himself while boxing. The tape is incredibly intimate and seems to sum up not only the hardships faced by inner-city project dwellers, but also the general loss of idealism faced by all young adults.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Mar 14, 2008 Mrs. J. Shipley Dixon
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Tourism, Touring, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, Italy, Rhine River
Academic Film Archive of North America
Mar 15, 2008 Françoise Sagan
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This wonderful film focuses on an older woman waiting on a park bench on a cold winter day for a lover who returns every year. Directed by Françoise Sagan, author of Bonjour Tristesse.
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Topics: France, elderly, romance
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Mar 17, 2008 Watson Kintner
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Souk, Mosques, Tunis, Marketplaces.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
May 25, 2008 Gordion Collection
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Turkey, Antiquities, King Midas, University Museum expeditions, Fieldwork, Gordion, Gordium
Academic Film Archive of North America
May 31, 2008 William Deneen
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Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window. As an extra, Deneen appears on-camera in a 3:53 non-distributed film,...
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Topic: Japan Asia, industrial
Media Burn
May 31, 2008 Tom Weinberg
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Excerpt from a roundtable-type discussion about Chicago-area sports. Guests include: Gary Fencik, all-pro safety for the Chicago Bears; John Schulian, sports columnist; Fran Spielman, WIND radios sports and political reporter; John Mendgelt, broadcaster and NBA veteran; Bill Veeck, former baseball team owner and sports commentator; Steve Garvey, first baseman for the San Diego Padres; and Bill Murray, actor and Chicago native. This excerpt features Bill Murray, at Wrigley Field, jokingly...
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Topic: Chicago Hello
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Jun 18, 2008 Dr. Harry B. Wright
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favorite 10
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Shirobasha Tea Room, Pearl divers, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Media Burn
Jul 14, 2008
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eye 12,217
favorite 18
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Excerpt from documentary about the advertising business : Footage of filming a McDonald's Christmas commercial. King Moody, in Ronald McDonald costume, talks about the few perks he gets playing that part. Reinhard claims that the ads for McDonald's are subtle since they sell the product through the characters instead of convincing people to buy the product.
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Topic: TV About TV
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 6, 2008 Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Here, the legendary president of EB Films discusses the 'unique contribution' of educational film to curriculum and learning. The film is geared toward instructors, and provides examples of mediated instructional techniques from filmmakers such as Roman Vishniac and John Barnes.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: mediated instruction, education, history of education
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 9, 2008 Carson Davidson Productions
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Kit Davidson here presents a satire in which the hero overcomes all obstacles against his rival to win a girl and ends in glorious victory. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Academic Film Archive of North America
Nov 25, 2008 June Steel
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Born in 1927 in the border area between Washington and Idaho, Kienholz moved to Los Angeles in 1953, where he began making a series of bas-reliefs with found material. Prior to his death in 1994, he was primarily known for his "Assembly Art" sculptures, consisting of mannequins, stuffed animals, and pieces of clothing, focusing on subjects such as controversial as bordellos, back seat sex, and abortion. Steel’s extremely entertaining film consists of audience reactions to a Kienholz...
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Topics: art, los angeles
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Dec 9, 2008
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A collection of video shorts by Retinalogic with Timothy Leary, Henry Rollins and Aileen Getty from the 1990's.
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Topics: How to Operate your Brain, Henry Rollins, AIDS, retinalogic, aileen getty
Media Burn
Dec 18, 2008 produced by Matthew Palm and Tom Weinberg
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Short documentary about the two main figures in the Chicago Conspiracy trial - Abbie Hoffman and the presiding judge, Julius Hoffman. This piece compares the Hoffmans' personalities and argues that they had a mutual fascination with one another.
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Topic: Subversives
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Dec 20, 2008 Kintner
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Auto racing and stunt show, possibly Reading PA (Kintner's notes) possibly c/a 1945. (Kintner's notes)
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Topics: Home movies, Auto racing, Race cars, Pennsylvania, United States.
Academic Film Archive of North America
Feb 9, 2009 Paul Hoefler Productions
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A beautifully shot trip through the Death Valley of the late 1940s, including visits to the ghost town of Ryan, Zabriskie Point, the Harmony Borax Works, and Scotty's Castle.
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Topics: ryan, scotty's castle, harmony, borax, Zabriskie
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Feb 19, 2009
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This is video footage of a visit that Leary made with some people on May 13, 1990.
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Topics: home movies, los angeles
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
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This touching video is some footage of friends and family visiting Timothy Leary in his final days. People talk casually within his home and sing Irish folk songs to Tim. Some of the guests included are Jack Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Laura Huxley.
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Topics: Home movies, Laura Huxley, Irish folk songs, jack leary, ralph metzner, family
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Mar 7, 2009 University of Manchester
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Mummies, Egyptology, Egypt
PBS | NPR Forum Network Arts & Media
Apr 25, 2009 WGBH
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Clayton Christensen, professor, business administration, Harvard Clayton Christensen discusses his model of disruptive innovation and its application to the field of education. Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the technology and operations management, and general management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on managing innovation and creating new growth...
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Topics: business & economics, education
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jun 9, 2009 Ralph Adams
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This film showcases the work of the Jiménez family of Oaxaca, and the legendary Zapotec potter Doña Rosa Real de Nieto, and her traditional technique of below-ground firing.
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Topics: Dona Rosa de Nieto, Oaxaca, Mexico, Zapotec
LION TV: Library Information Literacy Online Network
Jul 4, 2009
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How to use Wikipedia for scholarly research. Emphasis is given to using Wikipedia as a finding aid. The author discourages students from directly citing Wikipedia entries. Instead, the author illustrates how Wikipedia articles can lead users to authoritatiave sources and expose useful search terms for use in library databases and catalogs. 3:45 min. Created Jan 24, 2008 using Camtasia Studio.
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Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Jul 17, 2009
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This is a Men's Fashion Video for an L.A. designer from the 1990's
( 1 reviews )
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Jul 25, 2009 Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Gwalior, India, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Lahore, Pakistan, Khyber Pass
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Aug 2, 2009
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A BBC documentary on the life of Timothy Leary produced in 2000.
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Topics: The Sixties, LSD, bbc, documentaries
Academic Film Archive of North America
Aug 10, 2009 Gordon Webber
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This wonderful film traces the steps taken in creating and shooting a television commercial for Post Grape Nuts. This film was produced by George Gage Productions, which filmed the commercial, starring the legendary Euell Gibbons, for the Benton & Bowles advertising agency, with lots of discussions & outtakes. The funky "Cranberry Rag" played by pianist Paul McDonough is delightful.
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Topics: advertising, Euell Gibbons
Academic Film Archive of North America
Aug 12, 2009 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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This film is an account of the Talyllyn Railway, a historic narrow-gauge slate carrier in Tywyn, Wales, and its operation by a preservation society who saved it from being sold for scrap. Although the release date is 1965, it was actually filmed in the early 1950s. Academic Film Archive of North America director Geoff Alexander visited the railway in June, 2009 as part of the process of preparing the film for uploading: "Opened in 1865, the Talyllyn railway was the first narrow-gauge steam...
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Topics: train, narrow gauge, locomotive, Talyllyn
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Aug 13, 2009 Mrs. J. Shipley Dixon
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favorite 10
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: World's Fair 1939, Synchronized swimming, San Francisco World's Fair, New York World's Fair, United...
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Sep 5, 2009
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In this footage from a lecture in San Francisco in 1987, Leary discusses the 1960's, Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, DEA, Dennis Hopper, Apple Computers, Cyber Punk, and the Cybernetic 21st Century.
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Topics: The Sixties, DEA, Drug War, Cybernetics, emerging technologies, abbie hoffman, dennis hopper, apple...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Sep 10, 2009 Watson Kintner
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304 or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Jordan, Jerash, Roman antiquities, Greek antiquities, Mosaics, Byzantine churches
Academic Film Archive of North America
Sep 18, 2009 Dick McCutchen, Thomas Galvin
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Follows two Oklahoma wildcatters as they prepare to sink a well. Shows their drilling operations for the Big Chief Drilling Company in Garfield County, OK; Only 1 out of 9 wells are wet, and it takes them 22 days and 6,750 feet to figure it out.
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Topics: oil, petroleum, Oklahoma
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 20, 2009 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 22, 2009 Ralph Adams
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Adams is a filmmaker whose life and work appear to be completely unknown today, as we have conducted a fruitless search to obtain biographical and filmographic information. He covered a breadth of territory, and we suspect that he might have made dozens of films on Mexican themes. His narration is not the most compelling, but he was a very good cinematographer, and apparently insisted upon superior print materials, as his color is exceptional for the era. Here, he describes the myriad uses of...
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Topics: maguey, pulque
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Nov 2, 2009
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Timothy Leary: An Interview from Folsom Prison in 1973. The 20-minute movie, "From Folsom Prison," was shot in the summer or fall of 1973. (Tim got out of prison in 1976.) Leary discusses his philosophy, drugs, prison rights, and his life on the run as well as his life in prison. (Prison footage from the 1970's; check out around 17:20 and 22:00)
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Topics: Prison, philosophy, drugs, LSD, UFOs, folsom prison, interviews
Academic Film Archive of North America
Nov 17, 2009 Thomas G. Smith
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Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a...
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Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
Academic Film Archive of North America
Dec 26, 2009 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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The third in a series of films that Kit Davidson made on railways (the others are 'Third Avenue El' and 'Railway with a heart of Gold'), this film is staged on the Mount Washington (NH) cog railway. Winner of the Silver Medal,Venice Intl Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. For more on the filmmaker, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: Mt. Washington, cog railway, New Hampshire
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jan 6, 2010 Bruce Russell
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To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jan 12, 2010 Richard Balducci
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Along with Larry Yust's 'Lottery', 'Clown' was possibly one of the two best selling ed films ever made. On the surface, it's a cute kid & dog story. Underlying is a possible subtext that fascinates us every time we view the film, and makes for a satisfying, yet ultimately ambiguous ending. Gilou Pelletier is outstanding as the small boy, and the camera work by Guy Suzuki takes wonderful advantage of the terraces of Montmartre.
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Topics: Paris, Montmartre, Dog, blind
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Jan 19, 2010 Arthur and Kate Tode ("Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)")
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Edited travelogue with narrative titles Circumnavigating the Earth All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Circumnavigation, Touring, Tourism, Tourist markets, Egypt, Egyptian antiquities, Palestine,...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Jan 27, 2010 Watson Kintner
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain. Please note that the film can identified the footage as Mexico 1933, but has been...
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Topics: Kingston, Jamaica, Marketplaces
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Feb 24, 2010 Watson Kintner
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304 or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
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Topics: Ecuador, Quito, San Francisco de Quito, Marketplaces
Academic Film Archive of North America
Mar 6, 2010 Clifford B. West
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Filmmaker and artist Clifford West here surveys the life and work of Arnold Blanch, showing him as a teacher and painter in Woodstock, New Jersey. West, who more than 25 films on artists and aspects of art history between 1958 and 1981, utilizes a camera-as-brush technique more in keeping with the approach taken by a painter than a filmmaker. West's serpentine zooms and pans emulate the non-linear way an individual looks at a piece, as opposed to the manner in which a more traditional...
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Topics: art, painting, fine arts
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
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This is video footage of a roast in honor of Paul Getty at the Cafe Largo in Beverly Hills, Ca in 1991 with speeches by Timothy Leary and Danny Sugarman and Paul Getty.
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Topics: The Seventies, Los Angeles, Drugs, paul getty, cafe largo, danny sugarman
Academic Film Archive of North America
May 3, 2010 Gerald McDermott
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Tha late Gerald McDermott was an exceptional animator who made only five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.htm
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Topics: animation, myth
Fadiman Social Documentaries
May 30, 2010 Dorothy Fadiman, Kristin Atwell
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Hindi language version. WOMAN by WOMAN documents the story of progressive change for women in some of the least developed villages of India. Vivid images portray the humanity of the people, the beauty of the countryside, as well as the poignant toll of centuries old poverty. We meet courageous women who are coming out of seclusion in order to serve in their communities by teaching other women about family planning resources. We also meet family members who support these efforts - a village...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Academy Award, Concentric Media, reproductive rights, women, women's rights,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
May 30, 2010 Dorothy Fadiman, Bruce O'Dell
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STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from the U.S. presidential election of 2004 – plus startling stories from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Unbiased and nonpartisan, the film sheds light on a decade of vote counts that don't match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, under-votes and many other examples of election totals that warrant serious investigation. Throughout STEALING AMERICA, we hear from voters who experienced a wide...
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Topics: Stealing America, Vote, electronic voting machines, elections, exit polls, rigging, vote-switching,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
May 30, 2010 Dorothy Fadiman, Anilise Hyllmon
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A film by Emmy winning film maker Dorothy Fadiman. It is the documentary of Molly Hale, who suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile rollover, and after being told there was no hope for movement below her shoulders, proceeded to rehabilitate herself and continues to recover. "Moment By Moment" is Molly's inspiring story, of disabilities, health and healing, attitude, choice and intention, sex, intimacy, and relationships. It is also a story about Molly's partner, Jeramy Hale,...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, spinal cord injury, spinal cord recovery, rehabilitation, health, healing, sex and...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
May 30, 2010 Parish Digital Video Productions
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BREATHE EASY is a film is about a woman living an active, positive life with the handicap of severe COPD/emphysema. The film documents the fact that she brings her supplemental oxygen tank with her as she teaches, participates in exercise class and goes to the supermarket. Her example, of living an active life with this challenge, becomes an invitation for anyone at any age with any condition to live as fully as possible. Even with a physical problem, a person is still free to choose how to...
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Topics: oxygen, Breathe, COPD, SilverSneakers, Silver Sneakers, Emphysema, aging, Lois Perelman,...
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jun 2, 2010 William Deneen
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Here, Filmmaker Bill Deneen accompanies a Franciscan priest, John Farrell, and his boat 'Pio XII,' as they ply the backwaters of the Amazon River. There are many ethnographic elements to the film, one of the most notable of which is a ceremony in which a man stands in the sun, his hand being eaten by soldier ants, in a village ritual. Deneen was attacked by piranhas and bitten during the filming. For more on Deneen, visit http://www.afana.org/deneen.htm
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Topics: Catholic, Brazil, Amazonas
Academic Film Archive of North America
Aug 18, 2010 Les Goldman
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A parable about the consequences of being a bystander to evil, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life. He was inspired to make this film after hearing the poem 'Hangman' read on Pacifica Radio in...
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Topics: animation, death, horror
Academic Film Archive of North America
Aug 23, 2010 Richard Leacock
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In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in). Or...
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Topics: magnet, degauss, physics, science, PSSC, Leacock
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Sep 10, 2010 Gayle Michel, Kristin Atwell
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Fix-it Shops takes an affectionate look behind the scenes at a small neighborhood business, which repairs small appliances. In this intimate portrait, viewers meet the people whose dedication, patience, and skills contribute to their own community. This form of “recycling” adds significantly to the urban ecosystem by reducing unnecessary waste in landfills. All public, educational, and government access television stations (PEG) and community media stations have permission to broadcast this...
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Topics: Dorothy Fadiman, Gayle Michel, Kristin Atwell, Menlo Park, recycling, repair, small appliances,...
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Sep 28, 2010
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This video is of footage of a lively debate between Timothy Leary and Ram Dass. The topics range from humanism, God, and the differences between them.
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Oct 3, 2010 Jean Mailland
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A fine documentary of silk weaving in Lyons, France
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Topics: silk, weaving, Lyons, France
Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Oct 6, 2010 Brian Shields
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This is a news piece created by Brian Shields interviewing Brewster Kahle, John Perry Barlow, Ralph Metzner and Michael Horowitz, and showing the event that took place in San Francisco on February 8, 2009.
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Topics: timothy leary, kron, brian shields, brewster kahle, john perry barlow, ralph metzner, michael...
PBS | NPR Forum Network Arts & Media
Nov 3, 2010 WGBH
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Fernanda Rossi, documentary story consultant; Gino Del Guercio, filmmaker Fernanda Rossi provides a "before and after" style case study of Del Guercio's documentary in order to illustrate what elements make for great story structure. Using the real life example of Del Guercio's work in progress, Abandoned in the Attic, Fernanda Rossi (known as "the Doc Doctor") explains story structure models and what to look for in making a film excellent. More information about Fernanda...
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Topic: art & architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
Nov 8, 2010 Teaching Aids Exchange
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An intriguing historical film, demonstrating many expensive business machines found in modern offices of the era, including electromatic and Chinese typewriters and machines for filming, stenciling, folding and lithographing. Among the machines shown are Diebold's Flofilm microfiche recorder, the Fileomatic Desk, the Pierce Electronic Wire Recorder, the Soundscriber with plastic disk, the Elliott Stencil Machine with Graphotype machine, the Davidson Duplicator for litho printing, the Davidson...
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Topics: Chinese Typewriter, Fileomatic, Graphotype, IBM Model A, Stella Pajunas
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Nov 8, 2010 Edward English
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Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
Academic Film Archive of North America
Nov 23, 2010 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
Feb 19, 2011 Wellcome Library
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This cine magazine comprises three items. The first 'Sealed in Resin' is a brief account of a method of mounting museum specimens in transparent synthetic resin. In the second part, 'The Naked Mole Rat' (Heterocephalus Glaber), the late Gerard Hoffnung describes the strange appearance and habits of this biologically important East African rodent. Finally 'Taballet'... 'Tabloid' production as light entertainment, with mock-heroic verse commentary and musical accompaniment, with stop-frame...
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Topics: Amber, Tablets, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Rats, Medicinal drugs, Pharmacology, Amber, Tablets,...
Academic Film Archive of North America
Feb 20, 2011 Homer Groening
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Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
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Timothy Leary Archive: Videos
Feb 27, 2011
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A documentary called Timothy Leary's Last Trip with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters by A.J.Catoline, O.B.B.Babbs, and David Herman. Film features soundtrack including previously unreleased Grateful Dead tracks. Original footage of Leary, The Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead. Includes narration by author Ken Kesey. Exclusive footage of Leary’s final "Cyber Chat" with Ken Kesey on the internet.
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Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
Mar 23, 2011 Wellcome Library
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A case demonstration showing loss of equilibrium at an early stage and somnolence at a later stage due to encephalitis lethargica, also known as 'sleepy sickness' or 'sleeping sickness'. 1 segment.
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Topics: Neurology, Encephalitis, Neurology, Neurology, Encephalitis, Neurologists. Doctors.