List of Newsreel films I have

Wed, 27 Aug 1997 12:03:00 -0400 (EDT)

I was asked to send a list of the Newsreel films that I own and use for the
classes I teach on the Sixties, Womens History, and Civil Rights History. I
hope this list will be helpful. If there are specific questions or comments
I would be interested in hearing from folks. My best, Roz Payne

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All films have been transferred to video . Large collection of black & white
photos, posters, buttons, t shirts, leaflets, newspapers, magazines, small
press, and FBI Counter intelligence files on Blacks are among the artifacts
that are available as support material for the films.
For information about orders and prices please contact Roz Payne

All descriptions are taken from original Newsreel catalogs

AMERIKKKA Against the background of the November 1969 Anti-Vietnam War
demonstration in Washington DC., footage from all over the world and
music of the Sixties. 1969 45 minutes

ARMY US Imperialism needs massive military power capable of maintaining
its markets overseas and quelling rebellions at home. This film records the
training and indoctrination given to GIs to produce this force. The men
themselves talk about who the army really serves, and the effect the
indoctrination has on them, and the beginnings of resistance to the army and
against the war. l969 25 minutes

OFF THE PIG (BLACK PANTHER) This is one of the first films made about the
Panthers. It contains interviews with Party leaders Huey Newton and Eldridge
Cleaver describing why the Party was formed and what its goals are. It also
includes footage of Panther recruitment, training and the Party's original 10
Point Program laid out by Chairman Bobby Seale. l968 20 minutes

La Renovacion Urban destruyo los hogares de 35,000 familias puertoriquenas
de la ciudad de Nueva York para construir Lincoln Center, una vitrina
cultural para las clase dominante de la ciudad. La pelicula explica la
coneccion entre esta accion cotidiana y es imperlialismo corporativo
norteamericano. 12 minutes
To keep the well-to-do from continuing to flee the city and depleting its tax
base, city, state, and federal government, and the Rockefellers, Morgans, and
Mellons finance the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. It
was built in the middle of a Puerto Rican ghetto, displacing thousands of
families and a lively street culture. Upper-income families move into
high-rise apartment houses and gourmandise the "humanities," financially
inaccessible and culturally irrelevant to the lives of the former
residents. 11 minutes

COLUMBIA REVOLT In May l968, the students of Columbia University went on
strike after the administrators repeatedly ignored their demand for open
discussion of the university's involvement in racist policies, exploitation
of the surrounding community of Harlem. This is the story of our first major
student revolt, told from inside the liberated buildings.
50 minutes (footage includes about a minute of Grateful Dead playing a
free concert in support of the Strikers.

THE EARTH BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE A analysis of the ecology crisis, this
film dispels the myths that big business and big government have been
telling the people about the world-wide ecological crisis. Is there
really over-population in the world, or is there an unequal
distribution of wealth and food? Do people or large industries ruin
the environment? Will the earth survive for the people or for
corporate profit? l971 10 minutes (One of the first made ecology
films. It is simply made)

GARBAGE Bringing the revolution to the ruling class in The Sixties,
the Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers (an New York anarchistic group )
export garbage from their Lower East Side ghetto to the halls of
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts-all the while, New York was in
its longest bitterest sanitation workers strike. 10 minutes

HIGH SCHOOL RISING High school corridors patrolled by narcotics agents and
police, distortion of the history of black, brown, and poor white people,
provoked student attacks on the tracking system. Stills, live footage and
rock music. (Note: This film is not technically excellent, but it is very
useful in understanding the problems occurring in most high schools across
the nation today) l969 15 minutes

LOS SIETE DE LA RAZA This film is about the oppression of the Third World
community in the Mission district of San Francisco. It deals specifically
with seven Latino youths who were recruiting street kids into a college Brown
Studies Program. They are accused of killing a plainclothesman. While they
become victims of a press and police campaign to "clean-up" the Mission,
their defense becomes the foundation of a revolutionary community
organization called Los Siete 1969
30 minutes. Available in Spanish and English. Spanish soundtrack is poor

MAKE OUT The oppressive experience of making-out in a car...from the woman's
point of view. Short and sweet. (The entire film is of a couple making out
and the sound track is what is going through the mind of the girl. It can
be shown a second time with the sound off and the males can make up their own
sound track.
5 minutes

UP AGAINST THE WALL MISS AMERICA A now historical film about the disruption
of the Miss America pageant of l968. With raps, guerrilla theater, and
original songs . Women stress the (mis)use of their sisters, by the pageant,
as mindless sexual objects. Footage includes Attorney /activist Flo Kennedy
and music written and sung by Bev Grant. 6 minutes

RICHMOND UNION OIL STRIKE In January, l969 oil workers in Richmond ,
California struck. The local police and the Standard Oil goon squads
attacked the strikers and their families, killing one and injuring others.
The striking students from San Francisco State were asked to join the
struggle. For the first time workers and students fight together against
their common enemy. Footage includes speeches of Bob Avakian.

PEOPLE'S PARK In the spring of l969 , the Berkeley street community
initiated a project to transform a barren and unused university-owned Lot
into a park for the whole community to enjoy-a People's Park. Because the
park threatened the control of the university and presented a challenge to
the concept of private property, the police and National Guard were used to
brutalize the people and destroy the People's Park. 25 minutes This film
was made by SF Newsreel and was originally rejected by NY Newsreel as not
being political enough. It was too hippie dippie so the beginning five
minute rap by Frank Barnike a peoples park politico was added.

POR PRIMERIA VEZ (FOR THE FIRST TIME) The Cuban Film Institute sends mobile
film units into the rural provinces-young and old delight on seeing movies
"for the first time." Modern Times with Charlie Chaplin is shown in a rural
village. An enchanting short that leaves you happy and smiling. 10
minutes Available in Spanish

PEOPLE'S WAR In the summer of l969, Newsreel went to North Vietnam. From
that trip; came PEOPLE'S WAR. This film moves beyond the perception of the
North Vietnamese as victims to a portrait of how the North Vietnamese society
is organized. it shows the relationship of the people to their
government-how local tasks of a village are coordinated and its needs met.
It deals with the reality of a nation that has been at war for twenty-five
years, that is not only resisting US. aggression and keeping alive under
bombing, but that is also struggling to raise its standard of living and to
overcome the underdevelopment of centuries of colonial rule. Amid much
publicity, the footage was confiscated upon its return to the US. . Despite
this attempt at suppression, PEOPLE'S WAS has become one of the most
sought-after films on Vietnam and was chosen for the USA film festival in
Houston, Texas. l970 40 minutes

ROTC The issue of ROTC is uppermost on many college campuses and is a major
focus of anti war activity. In an interview with the head of Harvard ROTC,
the University's ties to the military industrial complex and how ROTC serves
this relationship is exposed. l969
20 minutes

SEVENTY-NINE SPRINGS OF HO CHI MINH This film on the life and death of HO
Chi Minh is a skillfully interwoven blend of old still photographs and
newsreel footage of the DRV's (Democratic Republic of Vietnam) founder, a
man whose life spans three revolutions, three continents and three wars. It
portrays his life: from militant student to revolutionary lead of this
country; and his life-long work dedication to the Vietnamese people and their
struggle for liberation. This eulogy was made by Cuba's renowned filmmaker,
Santiago Alvarez. Musical soundtrack, Spanish titles. (Note: Understanding
of the Spanish titles is not necessary for full enjoyment of the
film.)" of the most moving political films this reviewer has seen. .
."Lenny Rubenstein, Cineaste
25 minutes

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY In a skit presented at an abortion rally
in New York City, a beauty contestant is pressured to fulfill certain roles
in order to be the "ideal woman", a "winner". The skit shows how women,
especially minority women, are used in this society for profit. The women
who perform also discuss their personal lives and how their struggle as women
is expressed in the skit. (Note: Soundtrack is sometimes difficult to
understand.) l967 17 minutes

STRIKE CITY Plantation workers in Mississippi having gone on strike against
the extreme exploitation of the plantation system, and decide to form their
own collective Their determination to stick together, rather than go back to
the plantation or be forced out of the state, is their main resource. After
a bitter winter, living in tents, they obtain partial support from private
sources and begin building permanent housing. The poverty program backs down
on its promise of support in response to Mississippi senators who fear the
implications of collectives of back farmers in Mississippi. l965 30 minutes

SUMMER 68 Draft resistance organizing in Boston, a Boston organizer's trip
to North Vietnam--a GI. coffeehouse in Texas, Newsreel's appearance on
Channel 13 in New York--following the production of the Rat's special issue
on Chicago--and Chicago during the Democratic Convention, the planning and
carriage out of five days of protest. Each section focuses on an organizer
central to each project--the attempt is to define the nature of commitment to
"the Movement" against a backdrop of 1968's summer activities. 1968 60
(Includes footage and discussions of SDS, Dave Dellinger, Osha, and Tom
Hayden in disguise)

TROUBLEMAKERS In 1965, a group of white organizers went into Newark's
central ward to work with the black community, forming the Newark Community
Union Project (NCUP). Traditional forms of protest--letters to city
officials, demonstrations, electoral politics--were used as tactics for
organizing. The film focuses on the action undertaken around three issues.
The first is an attempt to get housing code enforcement; the second, to get
a traffic light installed at a hazardous intersection. After many months of
hallow promises, and inaction on the part of the city government an attempt
was made to elect a third party candidate to the City Council. Lacking the
resources of the two major parties, this was doomed to failure too The film
is an absorbing, informative documentary of the frustrating failures of NCUP
and the problem of getting even modest reform within the present political
structure. But it goes beyond this--it shows clearly the contradictions in
the concept of white groups organizing in black and other third world
communities. A good study in some of the early New Left tactics--how and why
they failed. 1966
53 minutes

THE WOMAN'S FILM THE WOMAN'S FILM was made entirely by women in San
Francisco NEWSREEL. It was a collective effort between the women behind the
camera and those in front of it. The script itself was written from
preliminary interviews with the women in the film. Their participation,
their criticism, and approval were sought at various stages of production.
"... What we see is not only natural and spontaneous, it is
thoughtful and beautiful. It is a film which immediately evokes the sights
and sounds and smells of working class kitchens, neighborhood streets, local
supermarkets, factories, cramped living rooms, dinners cooking,
diaper-washing, housecleaning, and all the other "points of production" and
battlefronts where working class women in America daily confront the
realities of their oppression. It is . . . a supremely optimistic statement,
showing the sinews of struggle and capturing the essential energy and
collective spirit of all working people-and especially that advanced
consciousness which working class women bring to the common struggle." Irwin
Silber, Guardian. 1971 40 minutes

YIPPIE YIPPIE is filmed farce, juxtaposing the brutal police riot at the
1968 Democratic Convention with the orgy scenes from D.W. Griffith's
"Intolerance." A clear and energetic no-verbal statement of Yippie politics
Hip jive. 15 minutes 1968
Black and white photos also available
(This film was Yippies answer to Mayor Daleys film on Educational TV. )

YOUNG PUPPETEERS OF SOUTH VIETNAM "A gift from the youth of South Vietnam
to the youth of America." Teenagers in the NLF liberated areas of South
Vietnam make beautiful, intricate puppets from scraps of US. war materials.
Armed with these puppets, they travel through the liberated zones performing
for the local children while our planes "search and destroy". A poignant
film that gives a view of the war even more powerful than images of
atrocities. English sound track. 25 minutes

MAYDAY (BLACK PANTHER) On May l, 1969 the Black Panther Party held a massive
rally in San Francisco. Speakers Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Charles
Garry present the rally's demands for the release of Huey Newton and all
political prisoners. The film includes footage of the police raid on Panther
headquarters in San Francisco a few days prior to the rally and the Panther's
Breakfast for Children Program. 1969
15 minutes

ONLY THE BEGINNING For years the sentiment against the war in Vietnam has
been growing. The latest polls show that 73% of the US. population want the
troops out of Vietnam now G.I.'s are among the most active protesters against
the war. In April, l971, thousands of GI's-Marines and regular army,
veterans and active duty personnel came to Washington, DC., to denounce their
participation in that "dirty war," and to demand it be ended immediately.
The film begins with the demonstration in Washington. In front of the
Capitol, we see the veterans come before the crowd and throw their medals
away. The film moves to Vietnam where the devastating effects of US. bombs
are documented. ONLY THE BEGINNING is about the GI movement to end the war.
20 minutes color

TWO HEROIC SISTERS OF THE GRASSLAND A beautiful animated version of a true
story about two young sisters who risked their lives to save their commune's
sheep heard during a sudden snowstorm. The film gives us a sense both of the
values stressed in the new society, and the people's participation at every
level in the transformation of China.
English track 42 minutes

people live in the United States. Most have come in search for the better
life promised them by US. propaganda. Instead they found slum housing, poor
or miseducation, low-paying jobs, and constantly rising unemployment, in a
society determined to destroy their cultural identity The film traces the
growth of the Puerto Rican struggle by focusing on the development of the
Young Lords Party. A Newsreel crew in New York City worked closely with the
Lords for a year and a half-participating and recording the events and
programs which the Young Lords are using to make significant advances in the
Puerto Rican struggle. The take over of a church for a breakfast for children
program. The film deals with the main problems in the Puerto Rican
community-health, education, food, and housing. These problems become the
focus of the Young Lords Party.

THE CASE AGAINST LINCOLN CENTER Urban renewal removes 35,000 Puerto Rican
families from New Your City's upper West Side to build Lincoln Center, a
cultural show-case for the city's middle and ruling class. The film
discusses the links between the problems of the city, and the forces of
American corporate imperialism. 1668
12 minutes (may be in Spanish)

NO GAME October 21, 1967; The pentagon; 100,000 anti-war demonstrators who
had not come prepared for a violent confrontation with the military police
and Pentagon guards; for the tear gas, and rifle butts. Allen Ginsburg
chanting an exorcism to levitate the Pentagon.
1967 17 minutes ( considered the first collective Newsreel film)

PIG POWER As students take to the streets in New York and Berkeley, the
forces of order illustrate Mayor Daley's thesis that the police are there "to
preserve disorder", and we must organize to challenge their control and
preserve our lives as well as our life styles. A short impressionistic
montage of music and images pointing up the disparity between their force
and ours. The function of police repressing Black and white demonstrators
alike is emphasized. 6 minutes

COMMUNITY CONTROL The struggle for Community Control in Black and Puerto
Rican communities in New York City. An examination of colonialism as it
manifests itself in many American cities. In two so called experimental
districts, police are constantly called in to enforce the political decisions
of the state and city bureaucracy, and the striking teachers; union. All of
this taking place against the legitimate demands of the community (Ocean
Hill-Brownsville, and East Harlem). Filmed inside some of the schools
involved in the conflict; contains interviews with Herman Ferguson, Minister
of Education for the Republic of New Africa, and Les Campbell, director of
The Afro-American Teachers Association. 50 minutes

VENCEREMOS A film shot in Cuba in l970-71 about two brigades of 500
Americans that went to Cuba illegally in order to show support by breaking
the blockade and to help with the sugar harvest of ten million tons. They
cut cane with brigades that were sent from Vietnam, North Korea, and Latin
America. This is the story of their boat ride from St. Johns, Canada and
their stay in Cuba. 20 minutes

HIGH SCHOOL A film about high school students and how school becomes a
prison. 20 minutes (muddled, poor editing?)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE WAR A speech by former Miss America, Bess Meyerson
presented to the group Another Mother for Peace at a gathering in Beverly
Hills. One of the strongest speeches ever given about who is making money
out of the war in Vietnam. She gives excellent reasons to boycott many
everyday products that women buy. 20 min.

OPEN FOR CHILDREN One of the first films ever made about the need for
childcare. 35 min.

MAKE IT REAL This is what Newsreel considered an energy film. It contains
great shots of street actions and hot music. This short film was made to
show between our longer films that were "more serious" They were made to
give youth a feeling that they could get up and become "street fighting
men". 8 minutes

MCDONNEL DOUGLAS A film about the Mcdonnel Douglas company and it's
relationship to the war machine? 45 min.

FREE FARM A film made by Newsreel folks that in 1971 went to live in
Vermont. A story about a community free farm on land loaned by a small
college. It tell the story of coming together to farm the land and to have
Sunday community gatherings. The college calls the cops to kick people off
the land in the fall before the harvest and local young men trash the farm.
An interesting note is that poster are put up warning that a local bad cop
Paul Lawrence, was setting up and beating up people. Ten years later he was
busted for planting drugs and went to jail. A true story of hippies with
politics. 18 minutes

INCITING TO RIOT A quick montage flirtation with the idea of rural guerrilla
struggle in the US returning repeatedly to the reality of pig power in the
cities and space technology. A flashing image of a state of mind common
among hip and political youth. 10 minutes

DON'T BANK ON AMERICA This is the story of one of the first ecological
political actions of the period, the burning of the Bank of America.
(Distributed by Newsreel)

Mighty Mouse and Little Eva This is a 1930's racist cartoon, taking off on
Uncles Tom Cabin. Distributed by Newsreel. 8 Minutes

ICE A film made by Newsreel member Robert Kramer with a production team made
up of Newsreel members. A story of a time in the future when the US is at
war with Mexico and the Americans are living in a police state. The film
includes a kidnapping, a murder, prison break, takeover of an apartment house
for political education, sex, nudity, and violence. 150 Minutes