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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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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Charles L. Finance
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Charles L. Finance
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Combines beautiful animation sequences with live-action and documentary photography for a dramatic exploration of the role comets play in scientific research.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets, BFA
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An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli. This is a revision of...
Washington State University Libraries
by Washington State University
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Annual yearbook of Washington State University.
Topics: Washington State University, College yearbooks, Washington (State)
Source: Is found in WSU 46, WSU Publications - Chinooks at Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) http://libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Appalshop Archive
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The first portion of this video is a documentary about Wheelwright, Kentucky, once the "model mining town for the country," produced by Mountain Community Television in the 1970s. Includes interviews with former coal miners and citizens of the town, contemporary footage and historical still images of the town. In the second segment, Headwaters producers interview Anna Jean Tackett, coordinator of a successful project to rebuild Wheelwright through a collaboration with local, state and...
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, coal camps, coal mining
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Reviews the two main influences -- African and English -- on the development of American folk music. Traces the history of one ballad from its original British version through its journey across America to its emergence in the American West as the cowboy song, 'The Streets of Laredo,' and later in a Negro blues version entitled 'Saint James Infirmary. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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This program is comprised of stills and audio is adapted from a slideshow about Clinchco, a racially integrated coal camp in Dickenson County, Virginia built by the Clinchfield Coal Company in the early twentieth century. Includes historic photographs and oral histories of residents who recount attempts by the UMWA to organize the town, mining conditions and life during the boom years. This video is available for purchase at http://appalshop.org/store
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, coal mining, coal camps, African Americans
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Program in which traditional musicians Phebel and Flora Wright are joined in their home by fiddler Marion Sumner for an old time jam session and discussion of their lives in music.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Phebel Wright, Flora Wright, Marion Sumner
Appalshop Archive
by Native American Indians in Media; Appalshop
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This program contains two segments: 1) Portrait of a Native American man who is one of the last practitioners of traditional Cherokee medicine among the Eastern Band. Produced by Native American Indians in Media. 1982 2) Portrait of musician Kate Peters Sturgill. 1983
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Cherokee medicine, Kate Peters Sturgill
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Tribute to singer/banjo player Dock Boggs. Mike Seeger, Bruce and John Hunsucker, Beth Roberts, Louise McPheron and Jack Wright, tell stories about Boggs and sing his songs. Includes what appear to be home movies of Boggs and his family.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Dock Boggs
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Examines the complexities of Constitutional freedom and guarantees. Discusses whether or not freedom of speech is absolute or should be controlled when it threatens law and order. Illustrates the discussion with the case of a neo-Nazi who speaks in front of a Jewish temple in praise of Hitler and in criticism of Jews. Filmmaker Wilets noted that several violent incidences occurred in classrooms regarding the appearance of Nazis in this film. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit...
Appalshop Archive
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Program on a six-generation family pottery business in Madison County, Kentucky. Members of the Cornelison family talk about the history of Bybee Pottery, a business founded by their ancestors in Bybee, Kentucky in the early nineteenth century. Footage includes a tour of the pottery and pottery being spun and prepared for firing. Last 10-minutes features performance of "Bullfrog Song" by Turner Foddrell at Dock Boggs Memorial Festival.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, pottery
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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A slide/tape program on coal miners consisting of photographs, clippings, interviews, and songs about coal mining. Written by Helen Lewis. Produced by Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University as part of "Appalachian Outreach", a series of community programs about regional history and culture.
Topics: Archives of Appalachia, coal miners, coal mining songs
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Profiles of various mountain blues performers from Virginia and Kentucky. Roy Webb, Foddrell Brothers
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, blues music
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Documentation of an annual event held in Jonesboro, TN which brings together performers who appeared on live country music radio shows from the 1930s through the early 1950s.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, old time radio
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ken Meyer
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For almost 35 years, Conrad Schwiering has painted the Teton Range with a reverential, almost religious, devotion to the grandeur of his surroundings. For Schwiering, it is the mountains themselves and the rugged individuals who live at their feet that make his canvases spring to life.
Topics: Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Appalshop Archive
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Outtake material from the Nashville Network program "Fire on the Mountain" in which Lily May Ledford is interviewed by Cathy Fink at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Includes several takes of interview cuts and musical performances including "Charmin' Betsy".
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Lily May Ledford
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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The first ten minutes of this show feature the Mother Goose House in Hazard, Kentucky. Designed and built by George Stacy, the house features egg shaped windows and was constructed to scale from the model of a goose carcass. George Stacy’s wife Ollie describes the design and construction of the house. The remainder of the show features a slide show of images of Appalachia collected by Appalshop film makers during their research for various films.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, architecture
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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A slide/tape program developed as part of research for an Appalshop film series. Includes archival photographs and a range of regional music.
Topics: Appalshop, history of Appalachia
Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies
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Description : The Gee family of Sacramento was your typical nuclear family living in Suburbia. Mom. Dad. Son. Daughter. Occasionally a pet fish. Dad worked for the government (it IS Sacramento after all), Mom worked as a nurse at UC Davis. Son and Daughter studied hard, took piano lessons, enjoyed summer break playing in the back yard. Being a tech geek (in the 1970s), Dad bought a movie camera and was able to document our lives. The treat of the year was our summer vacations, where we’d all...
Topics: piano, kids, gifts, trains, California State Museum, home movies, Filipino, Chinese,...
University of Washington Libraries
by Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert (writer and presenter), Dorothea Kopta (director)
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An informational video on the Lushootseed language and the culture of the Skagit people. Written and presented by Vi Hilbert. Directed by Dorothea Kopta. Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert (1918-2008) was a member and noted elder of the Upper Skagit tribe.  Her first language was Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language found in the Puget Sound region of western Washington state.  During her long and productive life, Vi Hilbert played a major role in the revitalization of the language and culture of the...
Topics: Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert, Lushootseed, Skagit, Washington, Native American, Seattle, University of...
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Portrait of musician Roy Webb, who is interviewed and performs his brand of blues and gospel music. Mr. Webb tells a tall tale about a mountain man.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Roy Webb, blues music
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Portrait of Ron Short, the Roadside Theater writer, musician, and performer from Dickenson County, Virginia. Short talks about his coal miner father and being a storyteller.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Ron Short, Roadside Theater
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Show comprised of interviews with administrators, social workers and some of the students at Buckhorn Children’s Center, a group home for abused and neglected children in Perry County, Kentucky. The show includes a brief history of Buckhorn Children’s Center and accompanying historic photographs.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, Perry County, children's shelter
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Port Washington Play Troupe
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1982 Port Washington Play Troupe production of "Kismet".  Directed by Pamela Meadows.  Musical direction by Corey Berman.  Choreography by Deborah Rosenthal.  Produced by Ronald T. Meadows.  Assistant Producer - Margie Sung.  Port Washington, NY.
Topic: Performing Arts
Appalshop Archive
by Appalshop
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Videotape of comments compiled for the Whitehouse Conference on Aging. Senior citizens share their thoughts on Ronald Reagan’s budget cutting initiatives. Topics include the assistance provided by programs like Meals on Wheels, Social Security, Medicare and fuel assistance programs.
Topics: Appalshop, Appalachia, senior citizens
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Port Washington Play Troupe
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1982 Port Washington Play Troupe production of "Kismet".  August 13-14-15-16th, 1982.  Directed by Pamela Meadows.  Musical direction by Corey Berman.  Choreography by Debbie Rosenthal.  Produced by Ronald T. Meadows.  Assistant Producer - Margie Sung.  Port Washington, NY.
Topic: Performing Arts
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Port Washington Play Troupe
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1982 Port Washington Play Troupe production of "Kismet".  August 13-14-15-16th, 1982.  Directed by Pamela Meadows.  Musical direction by Corey Berman.  Choreography by Debbie Rosenthal.  Produced by Ronald T. Meadows.  Assistant Producer - Margie Sung.  Port Washington, NY.
Topic: Performing Arts
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Paul D. Schreiber H.S. Performing Arts Department
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1982 - Paul D. Schreiber H.S. Performing Arts Department production of "Candide". April 1982. Port Washington, NY. Directed by Jeff Roberts, Musical Direction by Dr. Bruce Purrington, Produced by Ronald T. Meadows.
Topic: Performing Arts