Here is what I remember about the taking over of the
Detroit News Reel. I think someone asked about this one time and I finally
got around to writing it up. We, George D., Barbara and I, were going
to Detroit to be a part of the Detroit News Reel Collective, but we
were not allowed to stay in the commune, I don't know why, some conflict
about about us not really being members. Ha! So we had to find an apartment
of our own to live in and I worked at The 5th Estate Newspaper doing
paste-up and layout and Barbara worked as a temp typist to pay the rent
there. George had no job, he spent the day at News Reel doing whatever.
We also worked in the News Reel Office, manning the desk, filling film
orders and cleaning and repairing returned films, plus doing office
watch. I once did a film showing in Kalamazoo at the University, taking
the bus out there to emulate the barefoot doctors of Communist China.
I showed People's Park, Resnais' Night and Fog and Mayday, The Black
Panthers. I stayed with Vicki and her brother Dan at their farmhouse
outside of Kalamazoo. They were friends of News Reel. I was never able
to film or learn more inthat area but I was able to learn how to take
sound. Peter G. taught me on a Nagra tape recorder and I was going to
go with them for the D.R.U.M. interview but I never got to do that.
That whole plan was ended by the great Detroit takeover that happened
on my watch. I think George and Barbara were in the office with me too,
I don't know, but it was I who opened up the door, or the can of worms.
There was a bang on the barricaded door and I went over to see who it
was. I believe there was a peephole where I could see her or else I
could only hear Nancy's voice asking me to open the door. I did and
behind Nancy were the league members who came in and took over the office.
They came into the office and walked out with any equipment they could
carry, like cameras, a shotgun, but of course not the large machine
for editing films. I do not know if they tookany of the films, but anyway
they stayed and I left. I remember running the couple of blocks over
to the commune where the other News Reel members lived but that was
in disarray too. I think Rene was there but I was not let in. That's
all I can remember about it now.
Jane Capellaro - Millerton, NY