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AIDS IN THE BARRIO
AIDS IN THE BARRIO

Short Films  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the impact of AIDS within Hispanic-American communities, focusing on the specific economic, social and cultural factors which influence perception of the AIDS crisis, including macho attitudes about sexuality, traditional relations between men and women, prejudices against homosexuality, and the prevalence of drug abuse.

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HEROISM: A COMMUNITY RESPONDS

AIDS  American Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Short Films 

Looks at the many individuals and organizations that have met the challenge of providing services for people with AIDS (PWAs) in San Francisco, including volunteers who provide vital services that government agencies have been unable or unwilling to provide.

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FREEDOM RINGS

Short Films  American Studies  Performing Arts  Children & Young Adult 

Follows a class of six- and seven-year-olds through a six-week summer drama school at Philadelphia's Freedom Theatre, where intensive theater training provides the youngsters with valuable lessons of self-discipline and self-confidence.

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BROTHER BREAD, SISTER PUPPET

American Studies  Art History  Performing Arts  Children & Young Adult 

The Bread and Puppet Theater has become famous in America over the last thirty years for its street theater and political satire utilizing giant papier-māche puppets, masks and twelve foot high stilt walkers.

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AMERICA AND LEWIS HINE

American Studies  Art History  Photography  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Portrays the life of America's pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine (1874-1940), who recorded the waves of immigration around the turn of the century and the development of industrial America during the first four decades of the 20th century, from the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side to the mines, mills and factories across the nation. The video blends Hine's photos with historical footage and interviews.



THE OTHER HALF REVISITED: THE LEGACY OF JACOB RIIS
THE OTHER HALF REVISITED: THE LEGACY OF JACOB RIIS

American Studies  American History  Media Studies  Photography  Art History  Pacific Street Films 

More than 100 years ago, in his journalism and his influential book, How the Other Half Lives, photojournalist Jacob Riis dramatically portrayed issues of homelessness, poverty, crime, public health, and race relations in America.

HONEST VISION: A PORTRAIT OF TODD WEBB
HONEST VISION: A PORTRAIT OF TODD WEBB

American Studies  Photography 

Chronicles the life and career of Todd Webb, one of America's greatest photographers.

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SPRAY PAINT

American Studies  Art History  Short Films 

Profiles San Francisco painter and muralist Scott Williams who uses stencils and Krylon to appropriate images from movies, TV, magazines, advertising, and other pop culture sources.

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ALAN BEAN: ART OFF THIS EARTH

Short Films  American Studies  Art History  Physical Science  Science 

Profiles Alan Bean, the Apollo XII astronaut who in November 1969 became the fourth man to set foot on the moon, and who later turned to painting to share the vision he brought back from space.

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PUERTO RICO: ART AND IDENTITY

American History  American Studies  Art History  Economics  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films  Sociology  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Surveys the work of plastic artists in Puerto Rico during the 20th century, as well as significant forerunners in the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on the artists' expression of national identity. The video combines illustrations of hundreds of art works with interviews with a dozen major contemporary artists and commentary by art critics.

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LIVE TO TELL: The First Gay and Lesbian Prom

American Studies  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Children & Young Adult  Human Sexuality 

Chronicles the lives of the students of the EAGLES Center (student population: 30), an alternative high school in Los Angeles for gay and lesbian teens who, due to persecution, are unable to function in the regular school system. In addition to the students' discussions of the social discrimination they face and their own personal struggles, the video shows their historic efforts in organizing a citywide promo for over 200 gay and lesbian high school students throughout L.A. County, and the first gay and lesbian prom in America.

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PAUL CADMUS: ENFANT TERRIBLE AT 80

American Studies  Art History 

An award-winning documentary portrait of the controversial American painter best known for his drawings of the male nude and paintings in the ancient medium of egg yolk tempera. Scenes of Cadmus at work are combined with commentary by the artist on his life and work, dating from his days as a WPA artist in the Thirties.

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JACK LEVINE: FEAST OF PURE REASON

Art History  American Studies 

An award-winning documentary portrait of one of America's foremost Social Realist painters, active since the 1930s, whose work skewers corrupt politicians and police, rages over social injustices, and satirizes the petty foibles of humankind.

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REVELACIONES/REVELATIONS:HISPANIC ART OF EVANESCENCE

Spanish Language  Short Films  Latin-American Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the Fall 1993 construction at Cornell University of site-specific installations by eight acclaimed Hispanic artists, featuring interviews with the artists, scenes of the exhibit, as well as the controversy and protest it engendered on campus.

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AS SEEN BY BOTH SIDES:AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE ARTISTS LOOK AT THE WAR

Asian Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the history of a remarkable art exhibit which showcases the work of both American and Vietnamese veterans of the Indochina War.

AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY
AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY

Women's Studies  Art History  American Studies  African Studies  Short Films 

Showcases the view of African life featured in the paintings, drawings and etchings of Betty LaDuke, one of America's most accomplished multicultural artists.

BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU
BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU

Women's Studies  Art History  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Short Films 

This video takes us on a trip through six decades and over twenty countries in tracing the development of Betty LaDuke, one of America's leading multicultural artists. Her vision encompasses not only American culture, but also influences from Native American, Mexican and African cultures and lifestyles.

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THE MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS

Cinema Studies  Art History  American Studies 

This fascinating and entertaining documentary celebrates the work of Reynold Brown, one of the most acclaimed movie poster artists of the Fifties and early Sixties, whose work colorfully encapsulated the nation's postwar social climate.

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS

Art History  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles lithograph artist Robert Blackburn, one of the few black printmakers to emerge from WPA-sponsored arts projects, including the Harlem Art Center, during the Thirties. His prints have been exhibited widely and he has also had a long teaching career, but the now 77-year-old Blackburn is best known as the founder and director of the Printmaking Workshop, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY
HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY

Short Films  Architecture  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the life and work of Harry Devlin, whose long and varied career as a commercial and fine arts artist has spanned more than half a century, with work in virtually every medium in the fields of syndicated cartooning, publishing and advertising.

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