[sixties-l] Request for film course ideas on the 60s

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Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 08:28:48 EDT

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    As a member of the Newsreel collective of film makers in the
    Sixties/seventies I have been the collector and archivist of the films and
    documents. You can check out the list of films we have on my web page
    Lots of teachers have been getting their media centers, libraries, and
    department to buy a collection of the films on video. If any one is
    interested please write me
    Here is a list of the films we have.

    Roz Payne Video/ Film Archives
     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

    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

    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, Judge
    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? One of the first
    simply made ecology films. l971 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

    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 GI^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.
        1971 20 minutes color

    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 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 WAR 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

    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. Made
    by John Douglas and Tom Griffin l965 30 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. Made by Norm Fructer and Robert Machover distributed by
    Newsreel 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

    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 Made by the Chinese
    and distributed by Newsreel. 42 minutes

    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

    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. This film was distributed by Newsreel but
    not made by Newsreel. 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

    MCDONNELL DOUGLAS A film about the Mcdonnell 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

    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)

    <<I am putting together a course for next semester on the 60s in Film. I have

    some ideas, does anyone have any suggestions for favorite theme films, or

    syllabi already for such a course thanks in advance, Bob>>

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