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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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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.
Topics: Ocean travel, Venezuela, Caracas, Macuto, Colón, Cristoból, Panama canal, Havana, Cuba
University of Washington Libraries
by Karen L Morell
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Ghanaian writer and scholar Kofi Awoonor speaks of the great influence of the Ewe oral tradition on his work and sings several of the songs of those poets. He reads selections from his own early poetry and discusses the difficult problem of resolving the tensions between his African identity and European culture. Concludes with an interview with Karen Morell focusing on a comparison between the past of the oral tradition and the modern African poet. Recorded in 1978 at the University of...
Topics: Kofi Awoonor, Ghanaian poetry, Ewe poetry, African poetry, African oral tradition, University of...
University of Washington Libraries
by Karen L. Morell
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Trinidad Carnival, 1985 and 1987. Includes footage of Panorama, steel bands, carnival artists, Jouvert, and carnival bands on Monday and Tuesday.
Topics: Trinidad, Carnival, Steel Bands, Trinidad Artists, Carnival Bands, Smithsonian Exhibition
University of Washington Libraries
by Karen Morell
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African Encounters Series An Ewe folktale: The Hunter and The Gazelle Kofi Awoonor narrates the Ghanaian folktale entitled "The Hunter and The Gazelle" in the original Ewe language. Recorded in 1985 at the University of Washington, Seattle. An English audio version by Kofi Awoonor is available at https://soundcloud.com/uwlibraries/hunter-and-the-gazelle?in=uwlibraries/sets/karen-l-morell-collection
Topics: Kofi Awoonor, Ewe, Ghanaian Tales, Ewe Folklore, Ewe Tales, Ghana, University of Washington
Chicago Film Archives
by Karl Berolzheimer
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Home Movie footage of Chicagoâs Maxwell Street Market shot in the 1970s. From Chicago Film Archives' Glick-Berolzheimer Home Movie Collection.
Topics: Home Movies, Chicago, Maxwell Street Market, 1970s
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Karl Hosch & Charles Walker Jr.
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1973 – “The Hero”.  Written, produced and directed by Karl Hosch & Charles Walker Jr.  Music by Peppi Marchello.  Cast:  Dallas Seifts, Andrea Mastro, John Schlingheyde, John Hardy, Cathy Anderson & Wolfgang Nordhom.  Filmed in Port Washington, NY.
Topic: Port Washington
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
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ken Rudolph
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Presents an underwater fantasy. Studies the deep blues which gives the feeling of going down in an almost endless descent. Shows the beauty and gloriousness of the flower - life sea anemones. Concludes by showing the blues of the upper waters. Music by Jerry Garcia. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
Topics: academic film, underwater photography
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ken Rudolph
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'Gallery' (1971) 7m, dir. Ken Rudolph. What would you say if someone told you he or she could show you the history of thousands of years of Western art in seven minutes? Rudolph can, and does. This film mosaic of 2000 rapid-fire images highlights of the best in Western art, with music by Wendy Carlos. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
Topic: art history
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ken Rudolph, David Adams
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A day at a drag race track. Features Don Garlits and Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, driving their 3,000 horsepower, nitro-methane burning dragsters, accompanied by a marvelous electronic soundtrack. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
Topics: race, dragster, cars
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kent Wilson
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kevin Smith
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Qualitative demonstrations of photoelectric effect, using sun and carbon as sources. Experiments measure energy of photoelectron emitted from a potassium surface. With John Strong, assisted by William T. Plummer. The film was directed by Gene Kearney, noted for his film adaptation on Conrad Aiken's 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' ( https://archive.org/details/silent_snow_secret_snow  )
Topic: PSSC physics
University of Washington Libraries
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A 15-minute, detailed discussion of the city's efforts to preserve any Native American artifacts that might be disturbed in the process of building the Alki wastewater transfer station. Produced by King County Department of Metropolitan Services.
Topics: Duwamish River Watershed (Wash.), Excavations (Archaeology)--Washington (State), Indians of North...
University of Washington Libraries
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On June 29, 1994, two archaeological sites and one traditional cultural property (a Muckleshoot fishing site, ca. 1850), since nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, were found near White Lake, at the confluence of the Black and Duwamish rivers and in the path of the Alki Transfer/CSO control construction project. Archaeologists Lynn Larson and Dennis Lewarch discuss ancient travel routes and fishing/shellfish processing sites along the Duwamish River. Produced by King County...
Topics: Duwamish River Watershed (Wash.), Excavations (Archaeology)--Washington (State), Indians of North...
University of Washington Libraries
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A 10-minute documentary entitled "Archaeological update" about the Seattle public utilities' plan to expand the city's water treatment facilities, and the involvement of local Indian tribes in identifying sites of historic and cultural interest that might be affected by the plan.  Produced by King County Department of Metropolitan Services.
Topics: Duwamish River Watershed (Wash.), Excavations (Archaeology)--Washington (State), Indians of North...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by 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.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Kintner
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Anarchivism
by KipKay
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Early in 2008, Make Magazine was looking for a seasoned video producer to create their Weekend Project segment. Kipkay was chosen and produced a new show every week. These videos primarily featured projects submitted by the Make Magazine writers and are separate from Kipkay’s self-promoted episodes found on YouTube and the official KipKay.com
Topics: kipkay, kip kay, make, make magazine
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Knoop, John and Reed, Larry
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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.
Topics: Bali, shadow puppet, Tunjuk
University of Washington Libraries
by Kofi Awoonor, Karen L. Morell (producer)
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African Encounters Series An Ewe folktale: The Hunter and The Gazelle Kofi Awoonor narrates an English language version of the Ghanaian folktale entitled "The Hunter and The Gazelle.” Recorded in 1985 at the University of Washington, Seattle. (To hear audio of singing portion view the Ewe language video).
Topics: Ewe, Ghanaian Tales, Ewe Folklore, Ewe Tales, University of Washington
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Kourion 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.
Topics: Kourion, Cyprus, Archaeology, Fieldwork, University Museum expeditions, Roman antiquities
Academic Film Archive of North America
by KPIX Television
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Television documentary of the San Francisco 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Includes rare film and photographic images of the people, exhibits and activities of the fair. Conveys the mood and art nouveau quality of San Francisco in 1915. Aero specialist Lincoln Beachy died while performing at the fair, Arch Smith tied fire to his plane's wings; great photos of crumbling Palace of Fine Arts;
Topic: San Francisco
Academic Film Archive of North America
by KQED, NET Film Service,
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Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,...
Topic: computer history
Academic Film Archive of North America
by KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Discusses the history of computer development from the first mechanical calculator invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century to Babbage calculator, to Eniac, the first completely electronic calculator, built in the mid - 1940's. Discusses Von Neumann's binary system. Explains in lay terms how a computer solves a problem." Features J. Presper Eckert, co-inventor of ENIAC; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger of RAND Corp.
Topic: computer history