Raw footage shot for The 90's election specials. This tape features footage of a party for the American Samoan and Guam delegations to the Democratic National Convention.
00:00Copy video clip URL Footage of driving around New York. A cab driver says that the convention will bring much needed business. Videomaker Skip Blumberg talks to a vision-impaired woman who sings in the entrance of Bloomingdale’s. She speaks on the convention, the electoral process, and her thoughts as a black American. Her songs contain themes of prayer and positive energy.
10:37Copy video clip URL Footage outside of Chris Cerf’s house where he is preparing a party for the delegations from Guam and American Samoa. Inside they prepare food, gifts, and decorations for the party.
19:00Copy video clip URL Blumberg talks with decorators outside about the convention and which passes are the best.
24:41Copy video clip URL A woman from Cerf’s publisher tells Blumberg about the guest list, the number of attendees, and the goals of the American Hyphen Society.
31:48Copy video clip URL Henry Beard works on his speech and asks Blumberg to verify several mistaken versions of “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
35:10Copy video clip URL A volunteer from NY92 says he doesn’t know details and is not obligated to give them. A police officer speaks in kind. Marty Goldensohn waits outside.
40:08Copy video clip URL A man from South Africa speaks on his interest in and the preparation for the convention.
46:40Copy video clip URL A woman shows off a bottle of “Blanc de Bronx.” Blumberg meets Dr. Luis Marcos, the New York Commissioner of Mental Health. He says that there are problems and virtues in New York but that overall the mental health of the city is very good. Delegates from Guam arrive. They voice their support for Clinton and note their reasons.
52:55Copy video clip URL Henry Beard explains the process and reasons for hosting their specific delegations.
54:35Copy video clip URL Delegates from Guam speak on their home country and the convention. An older woman says that voting and political participation are imperative. He explains the Guamanian flag. Blumberg talks to a gossip, or “society,” columnist. Drummers play for the guest.
1:04:11Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with two South Africans who have come to observe American politics and the convention. A delegate from Guam talks about the trip from Guam and explains that he lived in New York attending Rutgers. He speaks on the popular representation of Guam, the presence of the U.S. military, and the political status of Guam.
1:12:20Copy video clip URL A CBS reporter hurriedly speaks with Cerf and Guam delegates.
1:16:08Copy video clip URL Blumberg talks to Sidney Lee, a four-term Senator from the U.S. Virgin Islands. He speaks on past conventions and New York as a key democratic stronghold.
1:20:22Copy video clip URL Cerf meets more delegates outside of his house. Guests mingle and enjoy the party inside.
1:14:31Copy video clip URL Tape ends.