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Choose from the following categories; click on: Books | Feature Films | Animation | 50s/60s/70s Lifestyle/Health/Camp/Kitsch |Social DocumentariesJudaica |Sports/Outdoors | Science/Nature | Ethno/Anthro/Sociology | Native American | History/Biography | Literature/Drama |  Arts, Crafts, Dance, & Music |

Please note: the CinemaStore is not directly affiliated with the Academic Film Archive of North America.  Proceeds from the CinemaStore assist in maintaining and repairing projection equipment used by the AFA.  These films are sold for personal use only, with no rights of any kind granted. Scroll down this page for a list of available films.

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Before ordering films, please read the Conditions and Disclaimers

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      Want to know more about the history of the classroom educational film movement? Read Geoff Alexander's two books on academic films. 

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Conditions and Disclaimers

These are 16mm films, not videos!  16 millimeter films are rapidly passing from the media scene, are already extremely rare, but affordable enough that, unlike other art forms, they are still financially accessible to beginning collectors. 16mm educational and documentary titles are no longer available in film format, and were originally sold for prices ranging from approximately $400 - $900; most titles are no longer in distribution, even in video format. We generally have only one copy of each title, and a brief description accompanies each film. Some of the films have been shown at ciné16 events, and have extensive filmnotes, so we encourage you to visit our Chronology of Shows, and search on the title. Proceeds from film sales are used to repair our projectors.  Due to the large numbers of inexpensive films on the list, minimum film order is $15.

Now the disclaimers: these films are for sale to private collectors only, no commercial use intended. Films on this list were in a private collection that pre-dates the AFA. No more films will be added to this list and the list will be taken down after all the films have been sold. Some films have the "NFBC" designation. These were made ny the National Film Board of Canada. They are on reels only, ready to show. We cannot ship them in cans.

To order films from the list below, contact geoff@afana.org and indicate the films you want. We'll email back to you with availability and price (California residents must add 9.25% tax).  Then, return an email to us indicating which films you'll be purchasing, and that a money order is in the mail. Films are sold on a first-come basis; we urge you to send your money order as quickly as possible after you’ve confirmed you will buy. If a particular film has been sold, we will refund your money ASAP.  Films are in good (several splices) to excellent shape, unless noted.

Special note to non-U.S. customers:  due to the extraordinary work necessary to prepare customs documents, we only ship to United States addresses. We recommend that you ask us to ship to a friend of yours in the States, who could then ship the films to you. 

Keycodes: n/t = no main title; c = color; b = black & white; turning = color has started shifting to magenta, red = color has shifted to red; core = film will be shipped on a core, rather than a reel

Timecodes: 2400 = one hour, 1200 = half-hour, 800 = twenty minutes, 400 = ten minutes. All times are approximate.

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Books

The 1994 ETAC Guide to educational film is the best and most comprehensive we’ve seen, with over film 12,000 film and video titles made from approximately 1950 to 1994, with  a one or two sentence description of each. Titles are also categorized into numerous subject areas and sub-classifications. Out-of-print (and never to be reprinted) masterpiece: 627 pages,  paperback, $25.
Craft Films: an Index of International Films on Crafts. Printed in 1979, contains descriptions, dates, running times, and  directors of over 900 art and craft films. Invaluable resource. 156 pages, hardbound, $30
Reel Revolution, by Neil Hurley. (175-page paperback on Chaplin, Eisenstein, etc. treatment of liberation themes) $5


Feature Films

Happy New Year (witty and twisted classic by Claude Lelouch, in English) 3600 c $150
Tiger Fangs (extremely rare print of 1943 film starring famed animal expert Frank Buck and Duncan “Zorro” Renaldo. In Malaysia, they encounter tigers, Japanese and German war intrigue) 2400 b&w, vinegar $100



50s 60s 70s Lifestyle, Health, Camp, Kitsch

Christmas Customs Near and Far (our vote as the worst, most amateurish Christmas film ever made, with Fran Allison, kids, and tacky sets) 800 turning $25
Democracy & the Role of Dissent (the worst human rights film ever made; terrible actors, including old people shaking and barely able to walk) 800 turning $25

Social Documentaries
Day in the Life of Bonnie Consolo, A (This film about a remarkable woman was nominated for an Oscar in 1975. Consolo was born without arms, yet she does it all --- you name it, cooking dinner, cutting tomatoes, putting on a necklace, even killing flies, all with her feet. A memorable film). 800 turning $15


Sports/Outdoors
Tennis series (classic instruction films showing slow-motion instruction by Billie Jean King). Each is $30 b 800, or $55 for both
· Groundstrokes (forehand, backhand, spin)
· The Serve

Science/Nature
Tornado Below (girl flies solo into tornado; drama) 800 c $10

Ethno/Anthro/Sociology/Travel
Special note: many of these films depict cultures and traditions that have already passed from the scene.  In them, you'll find documentation of old ways of life, from the subject perspective (housing, arts & crafts) and ours as well (old autos, circular-screen TVs, etc).  Some of these films are red, but priced attractively to allow you to experiment. In most cases, red prints are the only remaining examples in existence of a given title.

Familes of the World (Journal Films) series
· Spain (family of Madrid) 800 c $15
· Thailand fishing culture of Klong-Lung village; best of series) 800 turning $15
Family of the Island: Her Name is Wasamatha (describes life on the island of Malolo, Fiji) 800 turning $15
Wayne Mitchell, Producer/Director:
· Eskimos: A Changing Culture well done juxtaposition of cultures) 800 c $30
William Deneen, Producer/Director: (Deneen founded Learning Corporation of America. Most of the following films were done for Encyclopaedia Britannica prior to the founding of LCA)
· Arts & Crafts of Mexico (part II)  800 red $5
• Eskimo Family (seasons, migration, hunting; filmed at Frobisher Bay -Iqaluit on Baffin Island. 800 turning $15
Yugoslavia (a young girl visits Sarajevo: see it as it was in ‘86!) 600 c $30

Native American
Boy of the Navajos 400 c $15
Forgotten American (plight of Navajo in 4 corners area; CBS News) 1200 c $30
Two Knots on a Counting Rope (Navajo grandfather teaches boy to count) 400 n/t $5

History, Biography
Atlin (historical perspective on a small Canadian town) 800 c $15
Canada’s Provinces & People series, Coronet 1973. Geography, history & culture. Each is 500 c $10
· Prairie Provinces
Debt to the Past: Government & Law (Moody Institute tells of our gov’t derived from “God’s law) 800 red n/t $10
Discovery of America: Westward Movement (chronology by Handel Films) 800 turning $10
English History: Norman Conquest to 15th century  400 c n/t $10
Land of Immigrants (Diversity of U.S., Third Stream jazz score by Fred Katz & Buddy Collette) 800 turning $15
Life in a Medieval Town (Recreation of village life) 800 red n/t $5
Vikings: Life & Conquests (well-photographed recreation of boats & lifestyle; filmed in Scandinavia using the recreated Viking ship Gokstad  EB) 800 some lines red n/t $10

Literature & Drama

John Barnes, Director/Producer, Encyclopaedia Britannica Humanities Series (these spectacular films were directed by the incomparable John Barnes, and several are narrated by Clifton Fadiman. They stand as the highest example of the art of the
education film)
· Theatre: One of the Humanities (w/Clifton Fadiman) 1200 c $20
· Themes of Macbeth 1200 c $35

Arts Crafts, Dance, and Music Films
Art of Body Movement (a program by Tucson dance doyenne Barbara Mettler; rare) 2400 b $50
John Nesbitt: Sculptor (large metal sculptures, studio of artist, etc) 1200 c $25
Music Experiences: Grand Canyon Suite (excerpts from the piece, including animation, and sequences showing Grofé notating the music) 800 red $15
Trolls of Norway (Troll introduced and handmade by Arthur (Grandpa) Stavig; sets & music by Richard Hawk) 600 turning $20

Miscellaneous Shorts, non-animated
Evan’s Corner (black boy’s rejection of selfishness in a working-class, inner city neighborhood) 800 c $15
Freedom of Speech (from Bernard Wilets' Bill of Rights in Action series; reenactment of Nazis speaking in front of synagogue) 800 c $20
La Garonne (French language about the river) 300 c $10

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