(aka: Camera News
Inc.) was a political filmmaking collective in the late 1960's and early '70's.
the group made many films in those years. much of this body of work is available,
on beta SP, 3/4 inch, and VHS formats. interest or questions? you can get
in touch with Roz at email@example.com
in decentralized film collectives in several cities, they produced
many, many films, mostly shot on l6 mm. Most were in black and white,
as gritty and realistic as the subjects they depicted. These were
films of civil rights and civil wrongs, of uprisings in communities
and on campuses, about the Vietnam War and the war at home against
it. They are in some cases angry films, as alienated from the forms
of traditional newscasts as anything that has been produced in our
country. Some of the films were produced in the spirit of similar
work underway in Cuba and Vietnam. Some were American originals -
bringing the voices of change and changemakers to the social movements
of the era. These films were revolutionary in spirit and commitment.
These are films that deserve to be seen and learned from. They are
part of a dissenting tradition of American film-making. They are also
a record of the emotions that made the 60's what they were. Some were
agit-prop. Some captured important moments of history. Most were populist
in spirit - while others were more intellectual but not in the sense
of the "intellectual property" everyone talks about today. These film
makers did not seek individual credit or promote themselves as Hollywood
wanabees - although some did end up making commercial films. They
preferred anonymity and a democratic approach to film making that
may seem naive in world where production is characterized by craft
unions and a star system.
were not journalists in the conventional mechanistic sense - but advocates
and activists who used the medium of film to bring the voices and the
issues of their times to public attention. They saw film as a weapon to
put at the service of movements and struggles, although many of their
productions were high quality and artistic.
are remembered as the age of activism - a period of tumultuous upheaval
in our country. During those years a small band of film makers created
a body of independent work that helped define and explain the times.
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many of the early
old NR at TWN 30th
will, in the not distant future, have streaming video from the
site. we will keep you posted . this collection of films will
continue to be available on video (both 3/4" and VHS)