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. This video features footage of the delegates at work on the convention floor during the caucuses. We also see footage of the DNC band performing for those in attendance.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with the videomakers testing out their equipment. We then see footage from inside of a car. The camera operator tapes a bicyclist as he swerves through New York traffic.
00:37Copy video clip URL The camera operator gathers footage of 6th Avenue. He talks about some of the bombings that have taken place in the city during the DNC. He also talks about the department stores in the area.
02:09Copy video clip URL The camera operator approaches a large row of police officers and records them one after another while walking.
03:06Copy video clip URL The camera operator enters the Statler Hilton Hotel. The footage gets very rough throughout this portion of the tape. The videomakers have some trouble finding the Gold Room, but ask two men to direct them in the right direction. They end up sharing an elevator with a pair of delegates who aren’t too thrilled about the media presence at the DNC. After arriving at the Gold Room, the videomakers speak with a person looking for signatures for a petition against corporate power. Upon arriving in the Gold Room, the sound and video quality becomes fairly poor.
07:47Copy video clip URL The videomakers speak with a Belgian diplomat who is observing the event. The diplomat talks about his experience during the caucuses. The videomakers then end up leaving the Gold Room because of overcrowding.
09:08Copy video clip URL The videomakers begin to make their way to another part of the hotel.
09:52Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of a speech being given by House Representative John Conyers. The audio is very rough throughout this portion of the tape. One of the videomakers asks someone in attendance about HR-50, a public employment jobs bill that Conyers is promoting.
14:36Copy video clip URL Two of the videomakers walk through a large hallway and eventually make their way into a Gay Rights Communication Center in the hotel. Once inside, one of the videomakers speaks with a Gay Rights activist about the Gay Rights Support Caucus news conference that will be taking place in the near future.
16:44Copy video clip URL One of the videomakers speaks with California Delegate Jim Foster about how he came to be involved with this specific homosexual political campaign. He states that he has been a long time activist in the gay movement and the Democratic party. He talks about the differences between the 1972 and 1976 DNC. “In 1972, there were two gay delegates on the floor. In 1976, there are four gay delegates. I should say there are four acknowledged gay delegates. We know there are many more who have communicated with us but do not wish to be known publicly. In terms of difference between this convention and the other convention, it’s the difference between Jimmy Carter and George McGovern and the kinds of forces that supported those candidates.” Foster goes on to talk about his support for California Governor Jerry Brown, who was also running for the Democratic nomination at the time.
18:51Copy video clip URL We watch as the videomakers meet Jeanne O’Leary and Joe Daley. Both are gay rights delegates. The video gets very rough during this portion of the tape. A woman explains that the Gay Rights Caucus group had some trouble getting a Caucus room. This is the first Gay Caucus ever to officially participate in the caucus process. However, the issue of Gay Rights is not included in the Democratic platform. O’Leary states that she would love for the Democratic party to include the issue of Gay Rights in their platform.
21:52Copy video clip URL The videomakers make their way into the convention hall. We watch as the camera goes through an x-ray machine. They then slowly make their onto the convention floor. The footage is very rough throughout this portion of the tape. This lasts for several minutes.
25:46Copy video clip URL The videomakers finally get to the convention floor and begin to interview a couple of delegates in the surrounding area. The delegates talk about their experiences at the DNC. This lasts for several minutes.
29:01Copy video clip URL The videomakers speak with a delegate who supports George Wallace. The man refers to George Wallace as the “greatest living American” and that “if he recommends that I vote for Jimmy Carter, I’ll honor that recommendation.” The man also says that he would like to see the issue of “forced busing” eliminated all together.
30:37Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of the convention hall band performing for those in attendance. One of the videomakers comments on the music and at one point begins to sing humorously. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
32:41Copy video clip URL Tape ends.