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  • [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    Instructional films from the 1940s and 50s. Some are merely humorously outdated, others are downright horrifying — particularly one that concludes that mechanized laundry machines are the best example of women’s liberation in this century. Most deal with dating. Old Chicago footage with streetcars in last segment. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Jimmy Romano is Home – The Living City

    Studs’ Place: Jimmy Romano is Home – The Living City

    Studs’ Place (1951?) produced by Charlie Andrews. This episode is called “Jimmy Romano Is Home.” A neighborhood kid comes back from college on the East Coast and suffers embarrassment over his working class roots. Eventually he realizes the people in his neighborhood have more talent than he thought. Features musical performances by Chet Roble and Win Stracke. Followed by “The Living City” (1953). Instructional film dealing with urban problems such as how are existing slums to be eliminated, how to deal with congestion, etc. “How did our cities get this way?” “I was in bombed out cities in Europe in the war. And then I came back to Chicago to this.” We need to tear down the slums, and build up new affordable housing. Studs Terkel narrates. Continue reading

  • Inflatables Illustrated

    Inflatables Illustrated

    Ant Farm promotes their ideas for inflatable living and demonstrates how to construct inflatables using basic materials. Continue reading

  • [Video training tape]

    0:00 Danny Schechter of Global Vision introduces The Body Shop Television. He introduces the importance of learning to shoot with home video cameras. He goes over the main topics: 1. Camera techniques. 2. Producing tips. 3. some do’s and don’t’s. 4. Video hits and misses. 5. Potential stories. 2:30 Skip Blumberg talks about using home video equipment to shoot tv. 3:00 A beginner to video introduces herself. 3:15 Skip Blumberg talks about the importance of getting used to your camera … Continue reading

  • Marihuana

    Instructional film from the 1930s about the dangers of marijuana. A young girl smokes a “doped” cigarette and enters life of prostitution & crime. Continue reading

  • Guerrilla Media

    Guerrilla Media

    An instructional video that attempts to teach activists how to effectively use media to obtain their goals. Tony Schwartz outlines his basic principles behind guerrilla media, which mainly focuses on radio ads. The tape is structured in a very organized and easy to understand way, with Schwartz giving specific instructions and showing examples of how he has used radio and television to make change in his community. The tape is introduced by New York City Mayor Edward L. Koch, a longtime target of Schwartz’s ads, who has taken his side in fighting for anti-tobacco legislation. Continue reading

  • [Skip Blumberg with Danny Schechter]

    [Skip Blumberg with Danny Schechter]

    In this raw tape, Skip Blumberg shoots on the streets of New York for The 90’s, asking people about the upcoming presidential election. At the same time, Danny Schechter and a camera crew shoot Skip for a Globalvision video training tape. Most of the tape is Skip shooting Schechter’s crew as they interview him. Skip gives simple and clear explanations of the principles that guide his shooting (i.e., one should not look through the viewfinder but should instead learn to shoot without thinking about it). Continue reading

  • [Studs Terkel in three industrial films]

    [Studs Terkel in three industrial films]

    Three industrial films from the 1940s and ’50s that feature Studs Terkel. In an excerpt from “Beginning to Date” (1953) Terkel plays a high school diving instructor and offers advice to students on proper dating etiquette. The second film on this tape, “No Vacancies” (1946), is about the crisis that plagued many returning WWII soldiers who could not afford housing. Terkel is the narrator in this piece and for the final piece, “The Living City” (1953), which deals with urban issues. Continue reading