So you'd like to assist us in uploading films for free access on the Internet Archive? Your donation can make this happen. To nominate a film, visit our AFA chronological Film Show pages and pick a film, or easier still, pick from the list below, of favorite films from the past that are already eligible. Choose below from the following categories:
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'High Blood Pressure: a Game of Chance' 1978, 10m, dir. Sid Milstein. Almost entire film is Philip Stapp's animation, with an exit piece by Dr. Harriet Dustan, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.
'High Blood Pressure: If Only It Hurt a Little' (1978) 25m, dir. Sid Milstein. Uses animation by Philip Stapp and two and mimes (Claude Kipnis & Rita Nachtman) to describe high blood pressure and tell how it can be treated. Neat history of study of blood and pressure, stethoscope, etc., with music by Oscar Brand.
'High Blood Pressure: What it Is, What it Can Do to You' (1979) 10m, dir. Sid Milstein. Wonderful animated sequences by Philip Stapp highlight this short film.
'High Blood Pressure: What you Can Do About It' (1978) 15m, dir. Sid Milstein. Almost the entire film consists of Philip Stapp's animation, with an exit piece by Dr. Harriet Dustan, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.
'Trip to the Moon' (1958) 14m, dir. Karl Stanzl. Children of the late 1950s were fascinated by space travel. In 1956 or 1957, An international art contest was launched, open to children of six to fifteen from the United States, Austria, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and Russia. The subject? Space travel. This film showcases many of the winners, a fanciful, charming film illustrating what a trip to the moon entailed for a generation filled with optimism for the future.
‘Color’ (EB,1954) 6m, dir. Paul Burnford. Blink, and this entirely too-short film goes away. But in the brief six minutes, magical things occur: broad swaths of abstract colors and shapes coat the screen, to an equally abstract soundtrack, dissonantly played by Werner Bracher moving an object across the piano strings to create an autoharp-like ambiance. It can be argued that films like this formed a strong foundation for the psychedelic era.
‘Creation: Artist at Work’ (1969) 15m, uncredited director. Shows prize-winning Hungarian glass designer Erzsébet Szabó creating a large glass vase from its conception on paper through many trials to the form that finally pleases her. Wonderful experimental musical score by an uncredited composer-musician. We become involved in the process of creation as she guides and encourages her two skilled assistants wh o blow and press the glass into shape.
'Mesa Verde: Mystery of the Silent Cities' (1975) 14m, dir. Bert
Van Bork. This film boasts death-defying aerial shots by Van Bork, who adds that
the first helicopter pilot quit, saying the job was too dangerous. Pan shots
often begin with abstracts reminiscent of German expressionism. A memorable film
about Anasazi dwellings, narrated by Jack Palance, with a terrific percussion
ensemble score from Hans Wurman.
'Airplane Trip by Jet, An' (1961) 11m, prod. Milan Herzog. Here, two children climb aboard a United Airlines DC-8 and fly from SFO to NYC's Idlewild Airport. This film hearkens back to the day when air travel was still charming. The children get taken care of very well by the stewardess, oxygen bags are kept in back of seats, which are big and have lots of legroom in what appears to be Coach class. The film shows the airports and airline personnel of the era. The DC-8's maiden commercial flight was made in 1959. Of the 556 DC-8s produced, only 17 were till flying as of 2014.
'Electrostatics' (1958) 30m, prod. Milan Herzog? Ever wanted to take a peek at the inside of the world's largest Van De Graaff generator? The engaging Dr. David Lutyens does that here, and pulls apart a small one to show how it's constructed. This "lost" film was never distributed, and is a rare Kodachrome answer print from the collection of the late Milan Herzog. We surmise that it was intended to be part of a series entitled 'Physics Course for Secondary Schools,' to be distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica films. Here, Lutyens illustrates positive and negative charges with scarf, coat hanger, comb, and balloons before he gets to the big stuff. A classic. Currently being sponsored by Andrew Lowd.
'Extending Students' Thinking' (1976) 30m, uncredited director. In this
classic of pedagogical film, UCLA's Dr. Madeline Hunter here explains Bloom's
Taxonomy to instructional aides in one of the twelve films in the 'Aide-ing in
Education' series. Shows the usefulness of this taxonomy through many practical
examples of real classroom episodes. Exemplifies each step of Bloom's process by
questioning the students appropriately. Described are
used are 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and a story by William Saroyan. The
unnamed aide wears a very short miniskirt while seated and reading to children,
reflective of the era.
Hunter was one of the more influential educational theorists of the 20th
century. This film underscores why.
'Glass' (1965) 11m, dir. Bert Haanstra. A documentary on the art of glass-blowing, including scenes of ancient methods of blowing and modern mechanical processes. Synchronized with a jazz score by Theo Loevendie and the Quintet Piw Jacobs. Shows a hand-blower smoking a churchwarden pipe and scenes depicting pitfalls of mechanization process.
'IBM 3650' (1974) 30m, dir. Phil Coulter). A marketing film produced for for IBM , the film shows the IBM 3650 Retail Store System, which was one of the first fully integrated, bar code based, sales and inventory systems. Several large components were part of the complete package, including tag printers, readers and mass storage.
Ornithology Special: We have a number of short bird films by directors such as Olin Sewall Pettingill Jr., Murl Deusing, and Dan Gibson. Contact us for the bird(s) of your choice, and we'll recommend a film that is appropriate.
'San Jose 70/71' (1971) 27m, unknown director. This defines the concept of 'lost' film. The credits having been stripped off somewhere in the distant past, no one seems to know who produced this film, but it's brightly optimistic tone is indicative of the youthful energy of this city of only 500,000 people. Here we visit City Hall, with Ron James as mayor, the impossibly young future mayors Norman Mineta and Janet Gray Hayes, and their Council counterparts Virginia Schaeffer, Joe Colla, Walter Hays, Kurt Gross, and the ever-testy Dave Goglio. A city with a future! The redevelopment agency is hard at work here, bringing you the spanking new Park Center Plaza development, and the highly touted, remarkable Performing Arts Center, just beginning construction, which will finally put San Jose on the cultural map of the nation.
'Let Them Come with Rain' (1975), 20m, dir. Martin Bunnell. With an adult literacy rate of 83% and a strong economy, Botswana is an African success story. But it wasn't always like that. This landmark United Nations films shows how early steps were taken to evolve the country into what it is today. Partly ethnographic, the filmshows a traditional country wedding. It also features historical figures such as President Sir Seretse Khama, VP Quett Masire, Minister of Economy Quill Herman, and Swaneng Hill School founder and principal Patrick van Rensburg.
'VD' (1972) 26m. dir. Richard Leacock. Presents interviews with actual patients and physicians in which symptoms and treatment are explained to dispel much of the mystery surrounding venereal diseases. Shows Project Venus, a teen-run hotline in Philadelphia, and other clinics, including one in Boulder, CO, and actual examinations. According to director Leacock, the man describing his NSU symptoms is filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
‘Whales and Whalermen’ (1970?) 15m, photographed by Dick
Reucassel, prod. Paul Hoefler. As with many Hoefler-produced films, we’re left to wonder what
percentage of the film involved him directly. What we can say is that, in the
middle of the "save the whales" business of the 70’s, Hoefler
released this film largely laudatory of the whaling industry, possibly the gruesomest, most horrifying whale hunting film ever made.
‘Anastenaria’ (1968) 20m, dir. Peter Haramis. Dionysian worship in modern Greece, with lyra, drum, and fire dancing. Anastenaria is a form of worship taking place on May 21, sanctioned by the Greek Orthodox Church. Here we experience the slaughter and communal eating of a calf, a procession and the final initiation dance.
'La Vie Dans Une Ferme Française' (1960) 11m, uncredited director. Filmed in a bucolic farm and village in La Vallée de la Seine. Draft horses, old plows and carts, no cars in village. Family life, working on farm, and village school and shop. Exceptional cinematography.
'On Mediterranean Shores (Southern Greece)' (1948) 20m, dir. John
Ferno, photographed by Richard Leacock. Depicts life on the shores of the
Mediterranean and trade on the sea itself. Portrays the Corinth Canal,
Kephellania, Pireaus, andAthens, as well as travel through the Ionian and Aegean
Seas. Shows Constitution Square and the Acropolis.
Ethnographic Hispanic and Latino
'Low Rider' (1976) 20m, dir. Frank Lisciandro. Made for the US Department of Transportation, is a humorous film about the travails of drunk driving. Featuring the Imperials Car Club of Echo Park, it is a historically important film documenting many of the positive elements of the SoCal lowriding culture.
'Valle de las Palmas' (1966) 11m, prod. D.L. Richardson. Here Pablo, a
Mexican boy, tells about his family, friends and teacher, and the farm life in
his valley. A terrific "day in the life" story of a rural family of a country
doctor living in a hamlet of Northern Baja California. Home, work, and school
scenes depict life as it was in 1966
'Georgia Sea Island Singers' (1963) 12m, prod. Bess Lomax Hawes. Presents pure spirituals as they were sung during the 19th century on St Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast. Singers are: John Davis, Emma Ramsay, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, and Bessie Jones. Songs include: Moses, Yonder Comes Day, Buzzard Lope (Throw Me Anywhere Lord), Adam in the Garden (Picking up Leaves), and Down in the Mire (Bright Star Shinning in Glory). Currently being sponsored by Andrew Lowd.
'Music of India' (1952), 10m. Produced by Indian Government Films Division. Several of the leading lights of Indian classical music of the 20th century are shown here in 1952. The film features a short tour de force by Ravi Shankar, sitar. Also Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, sarod; Pandit Ram Naryan, sarangi; Ustad Mohammad Khan, been. A historically important film.
‘Paderewski: Lizst’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody’ (1938) 10m. dir. Lothar Mendes
from the film 'Moonlight Sonata', a fact that was uncovered by noted cellist and
musical film historian Terry King. We wish to counter the rumor that your ciné16
staff will be conducting a hum-along of this well-known piece.
1) Many of these films are old, some may be the only print of a given film that we can find anywhere. While we strive to have the best print possible, it's not uncommon for a film to have splices or other damage, including missing titles, occasionally. We can correct some -- but not all -- red color shifts. We have watched and researched each of these films, and feel they're all critical to save.
2) We have made every attempt to include films that are in the public domain or are out of distribution. In the case of the latter, we will have attempted to identify the current copyright holder. If we cannot, we'll move ahead anyway and put the film up on the Internet Archive, as it's not uncommon for companies making these films to be out of business, and/or the filmmakers deceased. Occasionally, someone claiming to be a copyright holder could resurface and send us a "Cease and Desist" request, asking that the film be removed from the Internet Archive. In such a case, when provided with proof, we will honor the C&D request, and remove the film.