American Studies


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IN/WORD/OUT

Performing Arts  Literature  American Studies 

This video profiles five contemporary American performance poets who have taken their poetry and its celebration of language and creative expression into new public venues.

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SCANDALIZE MY NAME

Urban Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Performing Arts  New York City  Cultural Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Scandalize My Name examines the way Red Scare politics were used to impede the emergence of African-Americans as full participants in the political, social, and cultural aspects of postwar American life. Because television was born into this era and adopted the political attitudes of the time, the story is told through the confrontations of African-American performers with blacklists, loyalty oaths, and discrimination in casting.

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THE REAL DEAL

Short Films  Literature  American Studies 

This video features poet Marc Levy, a Vietnam veteran who served in 1970 as a fighting medic in the U.S. First Cavalry Division, who reads poetic prose based on his combat and postwar experiences.

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A BAILAR!: THE JOURNEY OF A LATIN DANCE COMPANY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Latino Studies  Dance  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of Eddie Torres, who recruits the best of New York's salseros-Hispanic club and street dancers-and, with the musical collaboration of Tito Puente, molds them into a professional dance troupe.

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IMAGE OF A DANCER

Performing Arts  Dance  American Studies 

Scenes of class sessions at the Marin Ballet in California, and the choreography and rehearsals leading to a public performance, are interspersed with interviews with three young dancers and commentary from their instructors on the intensely competitive world of professional dance.

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HORSE DANCING AND TASHA

Short Films  Native American Studies  Dance  Anthropology  American Studies 

This video tells a story in dance about two cultures-Native American and Anglo Saxon-and about the evolution of dance itself, from nature.

DAWS BUTLER: VOICE MAGICIAN
DAWS BUTLER: VOICE MAGICIAN

Performing Arts  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

Traces the career of one of America's best-loved but least-seen actors. During his fifty year career, Daws Butler (1916-1988) provided the voices for such beloved animated characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Chilly Willy, Elroy Jetson, and dozens of others.

VI: PORTRAIT OF A SILENT STAR
VI: PORTRAIT OF A SILENT STAR

Women's Studies  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

A documentary portrait of American silent screen star Viola Dana who began her career with the Edison Company in 1910 and starred in more than 100 productions before her retirement in 1929.

KARL BROWN'S ADVENTURES WITH D.W. GRIFFITH
KARL BROWN'S ADVENTURES WITH D.W. GRIFFITH

Cinema Studies  American Studies 

At the age of 90, cinematographer Karl Brown discusses his early work with D.W. Griffith, in particular the making of The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.

BUDD BOETTICHER: ONE ON ONE
BUDD BOETTICHER: ONE ON ONE

Cinema Studies  American Studies 

Traces the colorful life and filmmaking career of one of Hollywood's most distinctive talents, who directed three classic bullfighting films, several crime thrillers and a series of low-budget Westerns that earned him a cult critical reputation. An outspoken interview with Boetticher is interspersed with clips from many of his films.

HOWARD KOCH: YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
HOWARD KOCH: YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS

Cinema Studies  American Studies 

Profiles the career of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Howard Koch (1901-1995), best know for such classic films as The Sea Hawk (1940), The Letter (1940), Sergeant York (1941), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Casablanca (1942).

LYMAN H. HOWE'S HIGH CLASS MOVING PICTURES
LYMAN H. HOWE'S HIGH CLASS MOVING PICTURES

Short Films  Cinema Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the career of a traveling exhibitor who brought motion pictures to America's towns and cities when movies were in their infancy, from the early 1880s through the early 1920s.

LATINO HOLLYWOOD
LATINO HOLLYWOOD

Latino Studies  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

This two-part video-including "1911-1940" and "1940-1990" - chronicles Latino participation in the American film industry, profiling major performers and other creative personnel and examining issues of typecasting and stereotypes.

BASIL POLEDOURIS: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
BASIL POLEDOURIS: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC

Music  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

This biographical video traces the career of one of Hollywood's most successful composers of film and television scores, including Conan the Barbarian, Robocop and Starship Troopers

THE QUEST OF CARMEN D'AVINO
THE QUEST OF CARMEN D'AVINO

Animation  Cinema Studies  Art History  American Studies 

This video chronicles the life and work of Carmen d'Avino- filmmaker, painter, sculptor, and photographer.

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TO QUENCH OUR INFINITE THIRST

Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Anthropology  American Studies 

This film shows some of the things that are being done to divert water, and predicts what will happen to our dams and reservoirs in the future.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BUILDING?

Architecture  Urban Studies  New York City  American Studies 

This video, which documents a controversy over plans to alter the original architectural design of the Whitney Museum of American Art, examines some of the problems raised by the decision, including Modernist and Post-Modernist styles, architecture as art, the responsibility of art museums to the public, and the role of the architect.

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