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. On this tape, Maxi Cohen gets her hair cut at a salon near Madison Square Garden. Later in the tape, Jody Procter goes on a tour of the United Nations building and speaks with a number of foreigners about Jimmy Carter's possible presidency.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen. This lasts for a few seconds.
00:22Copy video clip URL Videographer Jody Procter tests a few of the levels before heading out into the field.
00:57Copy video clip URL Videomaker Maxi Cohen gets her hair washed and cut at a salon near Madison Square Garden. Camera operator Elon Soltes gathers numerous shots of Cohen inside of the salon.
02:10Copy video clip URL Cohen begins to comment on her experience reporting on the DNC. “All it’s done is really reinforce my apathy. I don’t understand anything any more than I did before. It really hasn’t involved me. It really hasn’t made too much sense. I don’t understand why people are for Jimmy Carter… what’s it all mean? So I sit here, life goes on, getting my haircut. And you might even say, I’m a little embarrassed to–maybe I’m really uninvolved. Maybe I’m a little apathetic. Maybe I really don’t know.” Cohen gets her hair cut.
05:57Copy video clip URL Cohen continues to comment on her experience reporting on the DNC. She again states that she doesn’t understand Carter’s popularity and goes on to say that she is relieved that the convention is over.
07:14Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the United Nations building. Videographers Elon Soltes and Jody Procter make their way inside of the building in hopes of speaking with a few foreigners about the convention. The videographers eventually make their way into a large lobby. Groups of people are seen walking through the hallways.
08:18Copy video clip URL Procter speaks with two Russian men who do not speak English. He does his best to get them men to talk about Jimmy Carter, but ultimately fails as they lose interest and become confused. Procter goes on to speak with a Russian translator who works at the UN. The videographers ask him if he can translate for them as they try to speak with the Russian man. They end up having one exchange about peanuts, which the men find puzzling.
12:01Copy video clip URL Procter speaks with another Russian man about his thoughts on Jimmy Carter and peanuts. The man states that Carter will be “more realistic” if he were to become president. As Procter asks the man more in depth political questions, the man becomes more and more flustered. He goes on to say that Russia’s election process is better than America’s. “Our system gives more to the people.” The man then ends the interview abruptly.
15:49Copy video clip URL Procter speaks with an Iranian student about Jimmy Carter, peanuts, and the American election process. Procter also has the student translate a few questions for his father, who doesn’t speak English. Proctor goes on to speak with two Hungarian women about the same subject matter. One of the women translates for Procter. This lasts for several minutes.
20:46Copy video clip URL Procter speaks with a Canadian hotel employee who says that Carter “has a nice smile.” When asked how a Jimmy Carter presidency could affect the relationship between America and Canada, the man states that he’s generally interested in politics but that he doesn’t know much about what took place at the convention. Procter then speaks with a Turkish man about Carter’s possible presidency, peanuts, and the American political process. The man talks about his preference for Democrats and says he likes Jimmy Carter.
23:54Copy video clip URL Procter speaks with a French chef about his time working in America. The chef talks about making peanut soup while working in Atlanta.
26:25Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a large bag of peanuts in a factory. Procter speaks with a peanut distributor about the peanut making process. The man eventually shows Procter a bag of Georgia peanuts. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
33:20Copy video clip URL Tape ends.