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Alaska

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"Sid and Charlotte take a trip to Prudhoe Bay, the Alaskan pipe-line, and other points of interest in Alaska." UCLA Film & Television Archive.


Snails – and How They Walk

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"The story of the common brown land snail, found in California and other parts of the U.S." Oldfilm.org


Trip to Yesterday, A

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"An entertaining documentary of the narrow-­gauge train ride from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. Spectacular aerial views add to the impact." Oldfilm.org


Alaskan Cyclorama

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

R. C. Denny

Description:

"It is only natural that a picture that has to do with a trip to Alaska would have a great deal of scenic footage. How to make that scenic footage, in which there is no action, interesting and seem to have action was the thing that Denny accomplished." Home Movies, June 1939, 227.


Vermont State Guard In World War II

Date produced: 1944

Filmmaker(s):

Harold Bailey

George Eaton

Russell Going

Description:

"Filmed in color during the war years of 1941-1944, this silent film shows the Vermont State Guard holding muster at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds and at Camp Wills, which later became Camp Johnson in Colchester, Vermont. The film also shows a bond rally on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier, and maneuvers at the airfield in Berlin, Vermont, and at a camp in Moscow, Vermont. The State Guard began as Company H, 1st Regiment, Infantry in 1941 and was re-organized in 1943 as Company H, 2d Battalion. This film is an important documentation of the State Guard's early history and Vermont's home front activities during World War II. Although silent, intertitles are inserted with an explanation of the scenes to follow, as well as scrolling text of explanation at the beginning and end of the film." Vermont Historical Society.


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


Fabulous Gulf Coast, The (Part 1)

Date produced: 1954

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited footage of a road trip along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the border of Mexico. Includes much natural scenery, often from a moving car, but also documents visits to the Tabasco factory and two ranches. A woman also evokes the Longfellow poem, Evangeline, by taking a wistful walk." Chicago Film Archives


Peace Beat

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

John Primm

Description:

"A short amateur film that show “how to stop a war without trying anything much.” Footage of protesters and activists advocating against the war in Vietnam are intercut with altered images of war." via Chicago Film Archives


Mechanical Principles

Date produced: 1930

Filmmaker(s):

Ralph Steiner

Description:

"The third in Steiner’s trilogy of abstract films, Mechanical Principles (1930), is fascinating and more striking than Surf and Seaweed. It is composed of close-up shots of mechanical gears of different kinds in motion; rather than an examination of a single machine, it is an examination of the different kinds of motion produced by machines. Mechanical Principles emphasizes the tension in such machinery between the constancy of force and repetition on the one hand and the irregularity of shapes, sizes, and motions on the other, " Tepperman, 203.


Chicago: City to See in ‘63

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Margaret Conneely

Description:

"A “city symphony” film, produced to encourage Photographic Society of America members to attend their 1963 conference in Chicago, City to See is a surprising film. It combines footage of Chicago with a deadpan commentary that pokes fun commercial travel films: “Chicago is my town,” the narrator says wryly, “and no other town will do.”" Chicago Film Archives


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