This video contains raw footage shot for "Five Day Bicycle Race," a project comprised of live in-studio commentary and taped edited coverage of the 1976 Democratic National Convention in New York City. Produced by independent videomakers calling themselves The Image Union (including many members of TVTV and Videofreex), it aired on Manhattan Cable for three hours per night for five days during the convention. In this video, videomaker Joel Gold speaks with a number of delegates and convention employees on the floor of the DNC in Madison Square Garden.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen.
00:14Copy video clip URL Fade into a shot of Joel Gold adorned with his a/v equipment hoping to speak with a number of delegates. We watch as a group of convention aides hold a briefing session. As this takes place, the camera operator gathers footage from around the convention hall. There is an army of chairs set up on the main floor, soon to be filled with a throng of delegates later that day. Gold speaks with a convention aide about their work. Aides keep order on the convention floor by restricting people without the proper credentials from coming onto the floor.
04:22Copy video clip URL Gold makes his way over to a pair of aides to speak to them about their work at the convention. One of the women explains that their work is volunteer based. Gold quickly moves on and travels to the convention floor. He notices a large group of Madison Square Garden ushers who just posed for a group photo. Gold speaks with a few of them about their work at the DNC. An usher named Clarence briefly speaks with Gold. Another man talks about their work at the convention and criticizes the congestion on the floor.
09:49Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of a group of security guards gathering together for a group picture. This lasts for several minutes.
15:05Copy video clip URL Gold speaks with a few convention aides. One aide who formerly worked for Madison Square Garden says he is now newspaper reporter covering the convention. The aide states that he’s astounded at the physical layout of the Garden for the DNC. This lasts for several minutes.
18:04Copy video clip URL Gold speaks with a convention medic about his work at the DNC. The doctor doesn’t say very much and Gold quickly moves on.
19:48Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a row of chairs on the convention floor. Gold quickly finds another delegate to talk to about her experience at the convention. The woman states that Carter is “the best man in the race.” She also talks about her experience in New York and the caucuses. Gold then continues to make his way around he convention floor. This lasts for several minutes.
24:15Copy video clip URL Gold speaks with a Texas delegate about his experience at the convention. Gold quickly moves on to speak with a few more Texas delegates. One woman adorned in a slew of Carter paraphernalia talks about Carter’s possible presidency. “I admire his honesty, his morality, and his aspirations for this nation.” Another woman expresses her confidence in a Carter victory.
28:51Copy video clip URL A Texas delegate talks about the hospitality they’ve received while in New York. Another woman states that she likes Jimmy Carter because he’s put forward a positive image for the country. “We are hoping to find a person who is honest, who seems to want to do something for everybody, all people in this nation, and this concerns us very much. We don’t want an exclusionist for our president. We want somebody who’s concerned about all of the people and he seems to have indicated that he is going to be concerned about all of the people.”
32:32Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of an odd looking Jimmy Carter sign. The video ends shortly afterward.
33:04Copy video clip URL Tape ends.