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TIME MACHINE

Children & Young Adult  Short Films 

This children's video tells the story of Kevin, a precocious six-year-old who attempts to re-connect with his emotionally distant, newly widowed father through the power of imagination.

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REIGN OF THE DOG: A RE-VISIONIST HISTORY

American History  Animation  Children & Young Adult  Short Films  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

This provocative animated film, featuring a voracious mongrel dog and an evocative synthesizer score by Kasandra Woodring, uses allegorical and documentary images, maps and texts to explore and deconstruct the history of the conquest of the Americas.

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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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LIGHT MEMORIES OF RIO

Latin-American Studies  Photography  Short Films 

Examines the history of photography in Brazil, dating from 1839, and simultaneously traces the history of the development of Rio de Janeiro as one of the world's major cities and a political and cultural center of Brazil. The video discusses the experiences of photographers of the period, showing the evolution of photography as an art and a trade.

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IMAGES IN STRUGGLE

African Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Short Films 

Examines the role played by South African photographers in the struggle to end apartheid, featuring interviews with these professionals who talk about their work and aspirations.

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JOHN HOAGLAND: FRONTLINE PHOTOGRAPHER

Media Studies  Photography  Short Films 

Examines the life and work of John Hoagland (1947-84), a leading photographer for AP, UPI, the Gamma-Liaison Agency and Newsweek, and one of this generation's best war photographers.

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TIME AND LIGHT: A FILM ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHS

Photography  Short Films 

Examines the nature of photography and its powers of expression by combining photos with commentary by photographers such as Marc Camille Chaimowicz and the late Jo Spence and critics such as Halla Beloff (Camera Culture) and John Berger (Ways of Seeing).

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DALI FOR A DOLLAR, A

Short Films  Art History 

Examining issues surrounding the mass production or `democratization' of art, this documentary shows the making of a lithograph and reveals three cardinal rules for identifying an original print.

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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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MAURITS ESCHER: PAINTER OF FANTASIES

Art History  Short Films 

Profiles the late, world-renowned graphic artist whose work is a curious blend of fact and fantasy, with mirror images and interlocking figures flowing from symmetrical shapes.

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STEFAN ROLOFF: FACES OF AN ARTIST AT WORK

Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

Profiles the work of Berlin artist Stefan Roloff, now a New York City resident, who has produced an immense variety of original, colorful and provocative art.

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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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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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THE HAPPINESS OF STILL LIFE

World History  Europe  Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

After the Napoleonic wars and the revolutionary fervor of the late 18th century, Europeans were eager to retreat from the tumultuous arena of history to the uneventful calm of private life.

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.

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.

CHARLES DANA GIBSON: PORTRAIT OF AN ILLUSTRATOR
CHARLES DANA GIBSON: PORTRAIT OF AN ILLUSTRATOR

Women's Studies  Art History  American Studies  Short Films 

The Gibson Girl, the first popular image of the American woman, was created by Charles Dana Gibson, one of the nation's greatest illustrators, during the "Golden Age" of illustration, when America's national magazines, such as Life and Collier's, influenced every aspect of American culture.

FROM A BALL OF CLAY
FROM A BALL OF CLAY

Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

This fascinating and informative video details the step-by-step procedures involved in modeling a clay sculpture, showing how professional sculptor and art instructor Margot McMahon creates a portrait of her model over several sessions (working from a knowledge of anatomy and a sensitivity to artistic rhythms) and then demonstrates the plaster mold-making process by which the final art work is cast in Fondu concrete for permanent exhibition.

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