[sixties-l] Newsreel films in archive of Roz Payne

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    Dear Sixties list
    I've received numerous requests for information on the Newsreel films
    transfered to video that are in my archive. Our web page is down right now
    but will be back up shortly. In the interest of information I am sending
    this list some of the Newsreel videos I have, there are more. My best, Roz

    Roz Payne Video/ Film Archives
     POBox 164 Richmond, Vermont 05477
     E mail roznews@aol.com

    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. Copyright for
    films/videos l999 . For information about orders and prices please contact
    Roz Payne

    All descriptions are taken from original Newsreel catalogs

    AMERIKA 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 33 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 15 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, 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. (footage includes
    about a minute of Grateful Dead playing a free concert in support of the
    strikers , speech by H Rap Brown, shots of Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Gustin
    Reichback, a marriage, Dr. Margaret Mead, students in Presidents office.)
    50 minutes

    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 simply made ecology films. )

    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

    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 GIs 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.
        1971 20 minutes color

    MISS AMERICA, UP AGAINST THE WALL 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. 30 min.

    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. This film was made by SF
    Newsreel and was originally rejected by NY Newsreel as not being political
    enough. The beginning five minute rap by Frank Barnike a peoples park
    politico was added. 25 minutes

    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.)"...one 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.
    (Includes footage and discussions of SDS, Dave Dellinger, Osha Newman, and
    Tom Hayden in disguise) 1968 60 minutes

    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. (footage of Tom Hayden) 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
    . (This film was Yippies answer to Mayor Daleys film on Educational TV. ) 15
    minutes 1968

    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

    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

    EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA (THE YOUNG LORDS FILM) One-third of the Puerto Rican
    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. 1968 12 minutes (may be
    available 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 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. (muddled, sound, poor editing useful footage of high school students)
       20 minutes

    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 tells 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 the poster the hippies are putting up warn the
    community 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. (Made
    by Peter Biskin and 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, and violence. 150 Minutes (sale needs
    special permission)

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