Irving Rusinow
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Rusinow at the camera, with wife Kim at the stove

Irving Rusinow made films for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (EBF), where he specialized in subjects related to  education and schools. We are trying to complete his biography and filmography, so please contact us if you can add information to this page.

Rusinow was born in Detroit on October 11, 1914, and later attended the University of Chicago. Prior to working for EBF, Rusinow was a photographer, and a colleague of Dorothy Lange, making documentary photos for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. He later made films for the Office of Inter-American Affairs, and was film director in the office of information of the Department of Agriculture. He founded his own company, Irving Rusinow Film Productions, in 1959. He passed away on August 2, 1990.

His first films for EBF were made in the era before EBF virtually stopped making Guidance films, and focused on the subject area of civics and the classroom. In 1963, Milan Herzog hired him to direct the 54-part Spanish Language series La Familia FernŠndez.  Son Jeff Rusinow remembers the filming: "Dad took the whole family to Mexico City for about two months while he was filming. I took a leave of absence from my 4th grade class and had a tutor while in Mexico. We rented this really cool house with high walls and peacocks in the yard." In 1966, Rusinow completed a film, Teaching French with Films, an instructional film which taught foreign language instructors how to use EB's Je Parle FranÁais series in the classroom. He also documented EBF's Project Discovery initiative, which was introduced to Congress as a method of helping to secure government funding for educational film, in his film Project Discovery: a Demonstration in Education.

We are attempting to complete his filmography, and believe he made many more films than are on the following list. Films with hyperlinks will take you to our collection at the Internet Archive, where you can view them free of charge.

Partial Filmography

Step-Saving Kitchen, A (1949)
Desk for Billie, A (1956)
Electricity and How it is Made (1964)
Farm Community (1969)
Jan: Boy of the Netherlands (1971)
La Familia FernŠndez
series (54 films, made in 1963) [View 'Otra Carta,' lesson 54 in the series]
Learning with Today's Media (1974)
Library, The: a Place for Discovery (1966)
Light and What it Does (1963)

Megalopolis: Cradle of the Future (1962)
Mike Makes His Mark (1955)
Postal Service: Letter to a Football Hero
(1966, 1977)
Project Discovery: a Demonstration in Education (1965)
Rotterdam-Europort: Gateway to Europe (1971)
School for Ted (1964)
Skippy and the 3 R's (1953)
Starting School (1973)
Sound and How it Travels (1963)
Teaching French with Films, Pt 1: Listening and Speaking (1966)
Doctor, The (1968, 2nd Ed)
Vocational Opportunities in High School (1973)


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