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THE PIPES ARE CALLING

Short Films  Music  Irish Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays a summer bagpipe school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where piping enthusiasts from all over North America gather to learn the craft and music of the traditional instrument of the Scottish highlands.

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WIZARD OF THE STRINGS

Short Films  Music  American Studies 

Profiles Roy Smeck, a former vaudeville star known as "The Wizard of the Strings" because of his virtuoso talents on the guitar, banjo, ukelele and Hawaiian guitar, and who is shown to be still active, in his mid-80s, teaching students and giving occasional public performances.

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CATCHING UP WITH YESTERDAY

Music  American Studies  Short Films 

A documentary portrait of Andrew F. Boarman, a 78-year-old West Virginia instrument maker and musician, featuring a number of lively musical performances and an illustration of Boarman's skills as a master craftsman of banjos, guitars, fiddles, and dulcimers.


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DESTINATION BARBADOS

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Short Films 

This video, which documents one of the oldest cultural festivals in the Western Hemisphere, celebrates the vitality of calypso music today on the island of Barbados.

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THE LAST OF THE ONE NIGHT STANDS

Short Films  Performing Arts  Music  American Studies 

This video portrays the big-band era in American entertainment, profiling the Lee Williams Band which, from 1938 to 1952, barnstormed throughout the Midwest, bringing Swing music to rural America.

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THE SPITBALL STORY

Short Films  Music  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This video features legendary musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Hinton and Jonah Jones, who clear up the mystery of a fabled incident in jazz history in the early Forties when the three were members of Cab Calloway's famous band.

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JOURNEY OF STRINGS

Short Films  Music  Cultural Studies 

This first video from the "Journey in Music" series surveys the history and musical heritage of string instruments, from ancient times to the present day, including string instruments from China (Zheng), Iran (Santuri), Greece (Bouzuki) and Spain (Guitar), among others, and concludes with an unusual jam session featuring all of these classic instruments.

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SHAKESPEARE

Urban Studies  Short Films  Performing Arts  Literature  Latino Studies  Europe  Education 

A high school teacher and one of his students don Elizabethan garb and travel back in time to London in 1609 to have lunch with William Shakespeare at the Mermaid Tavern.

THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS
THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS

Women's Studies  Spanish Language  Short Films  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies 

This docudrama portrays the life and work of the great Puerto Rican poet, from her impoverished childhood in Puerto Rico, to her political involvement as a young woman in the nationalist movement, to her subsequent exile in Cuba and New York where she died in 1953.

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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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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.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cinema Studies  Short Films 

Celebrates the universal and almost magical appeal of motion pictures by showing a Cuban Film Institute mobile film unit traveling deep into the Cuban countryside to show peasants their first movie.

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TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY

Short Films  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cinema Studies  Directed by Women 

A profile of Fernando Birri, 'Father' of the New Latin American Cinema.

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.

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