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Even In This Day and Age

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Kenneth F. Space

Description:

"On the challenge of social problems facing the nation's churches. Illustrates poverty, gambling, alcoholism, and drug abuse among teenagers and adults in New York City slum areas." National Archives.


In the Valley of the Hudson

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"Two part edited travelogue taking place in the Hudson Valley area. Part one begins at Coney Island, and then takes viewers through New York City before heading to places such as West Point and Poughkeepsie where cough drops are being made. Part two Includes much footage on Hudson river, the process of manufacturing wallpaper at Imperial Color and a visit to the North Pole theme park." Chicago Film Archives.


And So to Edinburgh

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Alexander Black

Description:

"Kodachrome travelogue, photographed from 1935-1937, of Alexander Black's ancestral sites in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his return home to New York City, including six shots of the recently constructed Empire State Building at different times of day and night." UC Berkeley Library.


Youth and the Future

Date produced: 1944

Filmmaker(s):

Robbins Barstow

Description:

"A lesson on FDR's Four Freedoms." ("More about an Amateur Cinema League of Nations.")


Hudson Guild Farm

Date produced: 1943

Filmmaker(s):

Robbins Barstow


Everyone’s Coming to the Guild!

Date produced: 1943

Filmmaker(s):

Robbins Barstow

Description:

"Barstow created this depiction of the Hudson Guild, a community center in Manhattan's Chelsea District, while a "Boys' Group Worker" at the Hudson Guild Neighborhood House." Via Vimeo upload.


Manhatta

Date produced: 1921

Filmmaker(s):

Charles Sheeler

Paul Strand

Description:

"In 1921, Sheeler and Strand collaborated to make Manhatta, considered to be the first American avant-garde film. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Mannahatta," which is quoted in one of the intertitles, the film portrays life in New York City in sixty-five nonnarrative shots. The sequences display one epic day in Lower Manhattan, beginning with a ferry approaching the city in early morning and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. Shot from extreme camera angles, the film captures the dynamic qualities of the new metropolis" Museum of Modern Art (New York), Department of Film.


Footnote to Fact, A

Date produced: 1933

Filmmaker(s):

Lewis Jacobs

Description:

Also known as Footnote to Fact [As I Walk].


She Goes to Vassar

Date produced: 1931

Filmmaker(s):

Marvin Breckinridge

Description:

"She Goes to Vassar is a one-reel film that provides an overview of college life from the perspective of a new freshman student. From her arrival on campus, to settling into her new dorm and meeting her professors and classmates, the film depicts many facets of the college experience. Perhaps most striking about the film from today’s perspective are the shots of the academic environment, as the young women attend lectures and labs instructed by their professors, many of whom are also women. Though it was ultimately used primarily as a fundraising tool by the college’s alumni association, the film nevertheless provides a valuable glimpse of this women’s college through the eyes of a recent graduate." Women Film Pioneers Project


Bronx Morning, A

Date produced: 1931

Filmmaker(s):

Jay Leyda

Description:

An avant-garde city symphony film set in the Bronx, New York.


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