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Chapter 12

Dan Streible: The Failure of the NYU Educational Film Institute

And So They Live (1940) 22 min., 35mm

PRODUCTION: Educational Film Institute, New York University; University of Kentucky. DIRECTORS: John Ferno, Julian Roffman. WRITERS: John Ferno, Edwin Locke, Julian Roffman. MUSIC: Lee Gron. EDITOR: Irving Lerner. NARRATORS: George Tiplady, House Jamison. ACCESS: LC/Prelinger; NARA; MacDonald and Associates; Indiana University Wells Library (DVD); Rutgers University (16mm); Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/AndSoTheyLive.

The Children Must Learn (1940) 13 min., 35mm

PRODUCTION: Educational Film Institute of New York University and Documentary Film Productions, Inc. DIRECTOR: Willard Van Dyke. WRITER: Spencer Pollard. CAMERA: Bob Churchill. MUSIC: Fred Stewart. EDITOR: Irving Lerner. NARRATOR: Myron McCormick. ACCESS: Library of Congress; NARA; DVD Historic Appalachia Culture Films (Quality Information Publishers, 2007); Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/Children1940.

The Machine: Master or Slave? (1941) 14 min., 16mm

SPONSOR: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. DISTRIBUTOR: Educational Film Institute, New York University. DIRECTOR: Walter Niebuhr. WRITER: Charlton Ogburn Jr. CAMERA: Dan Cavelli, Frank Zucker. NARRATOR: Don Goddard. ALTERNATE VERSION: The first version was entitled The Challenge (1938) when it was test screened. ACCESS: Library of Congress; MacDonald and Associates; Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/machine-master_or_slave.

Valley Town: A Study of Machines and Men (1940) 35 min.; 25 min. rev. ed.; 35mm

PRODUCTION: Educational Film Institute of New York University and Documentary Film Productions, Inc. DIRECTOR: Willard Van Dyke. WRITERS: Spencer Pollard, Willard Van Dyke, Daniel Wolff [Ben Maddow]. CAMERA: Robert Barlow, Bob Churchill. EDITOR: Irving Lerner. MUSIC: Marc Blitzstein. NARRATOR: Ray Collins. ACCESS: Original version available for video purchase or 16mm rental, Museum of Modern Art Circulating Film and Video Library. Internet Archive includes both the uncut version (www.archive.org/details/ValleyTown-AStudyOfMachinesAndMen) and the revised release version (www.archive.org/details/ValleyTo1940).

 

RELATED FILMS

From Dawn To Sunset (1937) 24 min., 35mm

SPONSOR: Chevrolet/General Motors. PRODUCTION: Jam Handy Organization. ACCESS: Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/FromDawn1937.

General Motors Around the World (1927) 38 min., 35mm

SPONSOR: General Motors Export Co. PRODUCTION: Newspapers Film Corp. [Jam Handy]. ACCESS: www.archive.org/details/GeneralM1927.

'Round and 'Round (1938) 6 min., 35mm and 16mm

SPONSOR: General Motors. PRODUCTION: Jam Handy Organization. ACCESS: Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/Roundand1939.

To New Horizons (1940) 23 min., 35mm

SPONSOR: General Motors. PRODUCTION: Jam Handy Organization. ACCESS: Available on video compilations, beginning with Rick Prelinger's To New Horizons: Ephemeral Films 1931-1945, VHS and laserdisc (Criterion, 1987) and CD-ROM (Voyager, 1994). Lesser-quality versions on DVD include: Historical World Fairs, New York, vol. 4 (AtoZcds.com, 2004); Futurism & Kitchen of the Future Film Collection (Historical Archive Corporation, 2006); Quality Information Publishers' Vintage Highways & Roads (2006) and Historic World's Fair Films, New York, 1939-1940 (2007). Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/ToNewHor1940.

We Drivers (1936) 10 min., 35mm and 16mm.

SPONSOR: General Motors. PRODUCTION: Jam Handy Organization. ACCESS: George Eastman House; Internet Archive, www.archive.org/details/WeDriver1936.



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