Politics

1972
Four More Years

TVTV's inside view of the 1972 Republican National Convention made broadcast history. While network cameras focused on the orchestrated renomination of Richard Nixon, TVTV's rag-tag army of guerrilla television activists turned their cameras on to the cocktail parties, anti-war demonstrations, hype and hoopla that accompanied the show.

1990
Framing the Panthers in Black and White

In the words of activist Dhoruba Bin Wahad, “Historical and social events are subject to almost instant censorship by those who have better access and control over the medium of communication. It is important that there exist people skilled in the use of the technological instruments of communication who will seek out the real truth behind the headlines and tell it for all to see, know, and hear.”

1970
Fred Hampton: Chant and Demonstration

Rare footage of a September 1970 rally honoring the late Fred Hampton, Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. One of the speaker's leads the audience in a call and response.

1988
Free Society

Free Society is a short experimental music video that juxtaposes images of police harrassment in the U.S. with images of the military quelling revolutionary opposition. Includes comments from televangelist Jerry Falwell.

This title is also available on Paul Garrin Videoworks: Volume 1.

1975

In the wake of Lord of the Universe, TVTV planned to cover the impeachment of Richard Nixon, but, unfortunately, Nixon resigned. The group made a ninety-degree turn to covering the “first hundred days” of the Gerald Ford administration, a cavalcade of photo ops and campaign appearances. In Part One of the four-part series, entitled WIN (referring to the Ford slogan, “Whip Inflation Now”), TVTV goes on a whirlwind across-country trek with Ford, stopping in Sioux City, Iowa, Salt Lake City, and Portland. The show is more about Ford’s public than Ford.

1975

Arguably, the most successful of the four “Gerald Ford’s America” shows was “Chic To Sheik,” a TVTV tour of the private culture of the official Washington. Lead by Megan Williams, they blithely move around an official White House tea for Betty Ford at the beginning and cavort at the Shah of Iran’s birthday party at the Iranian Embassy at the end. Shot with almost open access because this was when even public people, in private, were innocents before a documentary camera. Washington Post Society Editor, Betty Beale, leads the way. A gem.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 1

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest during Global Day of Action, October 15, 2011.   An affinity group meets at the New York Public Library and marches to main demonstration at Times Square.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 10

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street movement protesters on November 17, 2011, three days after the destruction of the camp at Zuccotti Park.  Footage captures an evening rally at Foley Square and a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 2

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest at Times Square during Global Day of Action, October 15, 2011.   

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 3

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest at Zuccotti Park in New York City in late 2011.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 4

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park in the rain on October 19, 2011.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto, Quotes from Eric Cantor, Herman Cain
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 5

Impressions of Occupy Wall Street’s Liberty Square at night, shot in October of 2011.  Includes a General Assembly meeting about purchasing a new wi-fi tower for the encampment, and a first winter storm.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 6

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on October 24, 2011.  Newsreel captures a large General Assembly meeting and smaller working groups meeting in public atrium.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 7

 

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 2, 2011.  Newsreel captures Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans march and rally nad General Assembly guest speaker.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 8

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 15 and 16, 2011. Newsreel captures police raid on the park and its aftermath.