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Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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Prelinger Archives
Jul 16, 2002 Western Electric Company, Inc.
movies

eye 90,626

favorite 118

comment 19

Cartoon showing how sound motion pictures work, produced by a company that was an innovator in the field. Story by W.E. Erpi (pseudonym for Western Electric, Electrical Research Products Inc.). Directors: F. Lyle Goldman and Max Fleischer.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 19 reviews )
Topics: Perception: Sound, Motion pictures: Sound, Animation, Silent films, Dubbing of motion pictures
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 4,255

favorite 4

comment 0

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city.
Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 5,647

favorite 1

comment 0

Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head.
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 General Strike, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 8,736

favorite 1

comment 0

Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Topics: Thomas Fleming, 1966 Hunter's Point riot, Black San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 11,611

favorite 3

comment 0

A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Topics: Summer of Love, Diamond Dave Whitaker, spoken word
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 2,808

favorite 5

comment 0

Huge anti-Iraq War demonstrations rocked U.S. cities in autumn 2002 and winter 2003. This shows the January 18, 2003 demonstration in San Francisco.
Topics: Anti-Iraq war, San Francisco, protest
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Christian Bruno and Sam Green
movies

eye 11,524

favorite 23

comment 3

The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Film Festival, 1969, Pie Fight
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanagh
movies

eye 14,879

favorite 21

comment 9

An excerpt from Farmcore, a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal, and performance space, theater and punk rock...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Farm, San Francisco, punk rock, 1970s, eviction, utopian experiment
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
movies

eye 7,412

favorite 5

comment 1

excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 Flyaway Productions
movies

eye 3,832

favorite 1

comment 0

Modern dancers "re-purpose" the Copra Crane on Islais Creek for a stunning dance performance. The Copra Crane has been the subject of a campaign to save it as a monument to the old days of longshoring at the creek.
Topics: dance, Copra Crane, Islais Creek
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 n/a
movies

eye 10,802

favorite 4

comment 0

excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Topics: William Mandel, HUAC 1960, San Francisco City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 11, 2004 California Newsreel
movies

eye 3,032

favorite 2

comment 2

excerpted from a one-hour documentary called "Redevelopment: A Marxist Analysis", this clip shows the frustration of the retired longshoremen in the Yerba Buena project area when ILWU president Harry Bridges failed to support their struggle against displacement.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Redevelopment, ILWU, Harry Bridges
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 28, 2004 Jim Swanson
movies

eye 817

favorite 0

comment 1

Original opening animation for Shaping San Francisco CD-ROM in 1998.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: San Francisco, animation, Jim Swanson
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 28, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 12,484

favorite 2

comment 0

Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Topics: Fleming, African-Americans in SF, Mayor Lapham
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 28, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 5,209

favorite 2

comment 1

Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: containerization, longshoring, globalization
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 28, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 3,898

favorite 1

comment 2

Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Critical Mass, bicycles, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Shaping San Francisco
movies

eye 13,172

favorite 1

comment 1

Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
( 1 reviews )
Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 22,831

favorite 13

comment 5

Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: WWI, San Francisco, 1918
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Jim Swanson
movies

eye 5,998

favorite 2

comment 0

Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Topics: San Francisco, Yerba Buena Cove, 1847
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 2,224

favorite 5

comment 1

Excerpt from the ACLU's "Operation Correction" in which they took an anti-communist propaganda film paid for by the U.S. gov't. and added a new soundtrack explaining what really happened at the May 1960 HUAC hearings in San Francisco.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: HUAC, 1960, ACLU
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 4,028

favorite 4

comment 0

footage of 1994 Carnival in SF proceeding on 24th Street.
Topics: Carnival, Mission, Music
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 8,718

favorite 6

comment 0

Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Topics: Bay Bridge, SF Bay, waterfront
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 6,770

favorite 9

comment 1

brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Key System, Ferry Building, Bay trains
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 5,971

favorite 3

comment 0

Pelicans soar across the water in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Topics: pelicans, SF Bay, waterfront
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 14,998

favorite 9

comment 0

animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Topics: 1906 fire, animation, Big One
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 8,763

favorite 12

comment 1

Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Streetcar strike, URR, 1917
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 11,309

favorite 6

comment 0

Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Topics: Chinatown, plague, alleys
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Jim Swanson
movies

eye 1,650

favorite 1

comment 0

clip of cyclists rolling down Lombard Street during San Francisco's Critical Mass in 1995.
Topics: Critical Mass, Lombard Street, bicycles
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 8,995

favorite 14

comment 0

silent footage of a mass bike ride in Golden Gate Park in 1915 which was headed to the Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exposition.
Topics: bicycles, mass rides, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Biker-X
movies

eye 8,333

favorite 5

comment 1

footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: bicycles, Critical Mass, police riot
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Caitlin Manning
movies

eye 26,132

favorite 15

comment 0

The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Topics: public housing, Geneva Towers, implosion
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 2,893

favorite 0

comment 0

Ed Dunne, longtime member of the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center, describes how he got involved, how the center works, and what some of the problems are of solid waste disposal.
Topics: recycling, HANC, Ed Dunne
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 3,629

favorite 6

comment 0

images from the End of the World's Fair, held May 12, 1984, marching up Market Street and ending at Dolores Park.
Topics: End of the World's Fair, San Francisco, 1984
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 1,446

favorite 4

comment 1

Heart of the City Farmers' Market in UN Plaza, San Francisco
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Farmers' Market, UN Plaza, Civic Center
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 7,377

favorite 4

comment 2

Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Fatty Arbuckle, PPIE, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Peace Navy
movies

eye 3,634

favorite 1

comment 4

excerpt from documentary on Fleet Week created by the Peace Navy as part of their campaign against the event.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Peace Navy, Fleet Week, anti-militarism
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 2,604

favorite 0

comment 1

Harry Hay describes the scene along Market Street on July 9, 1934 as strikers tore hats from bankers and kept their own security.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 Strike, Funeral
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Craig Baldwin
movies

eye 2,553

favorite 3

comment 1

Street theater held across from Gartland Pit in the mid-1980s. Peter Plate on megaphone.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Gartland Pit, Street Theater, Peter Plate
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 4,399

favorite 11

comment 1

Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: First swim, Golden Gate, Hazel Lagenour
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Pathé News
movies

eye 6,624

favorite 17

comment 1

Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones. Another similar newsreel .
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Caitlin Manning
movies

eye 10,611

favorite 9

comment 0

short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Topics: Good Vibrations, sex-positive, vibrators
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Bert Gould
movies

eye 4,409

favorite 13

comment 0

Pathe News newsreel footage of the first days of San Francisco's General Strike, stores and streets empty. Another similar newsreel.
Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 4,839

favorite 8

comment 1

silent footage of strikers marching, parading along waterfront, cops on horseback, scenes of the Embarcadero
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: waterfront strike, longshoremen, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Paper Tiger TV West
movies

eye 6,651

favorite 11

comment 1

scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Gulf War I991, civic center, anti-war protests
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 133,980

favorite 94

comment 13

Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 5,792

favorite 4

comment 1

Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Harry Hay, Finocchio's, gay dating
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 3,609

favorite 0

comment 1

Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the importance of the Hiring Hall to the culture and politics of longshoring.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: ILWU, hiring hall, longshoremen
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 1,480

favorite 3

comment 1

Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the lost landscape and culture of the old waterfront in San Francisco.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: waterfront, ILWU, working class culture
Shaping San Francisco
May 4, 2004
movies

eye 11,555

favorite 16

comment 5

Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: mud people, financial district, anarchy
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 1,400

favorite 1

comment 1

Lucius Cabins, Helen Highwater and Linda Thomas hawking Processed World magazine at Market and Montgomery in the summer of 1982.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Processed World, financial district, dissent
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 5,926

favorite 13

comment 1

3 seconds of the Cliff House from Ocean Beach, people milling about on the beach in the foreground.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 9,441

favorite 14

comment 1

Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Ocean Beach, Cliff House, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 11,292

favorite 12

comment 2

scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: HUAC, protests, City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 13,719

favorite 2

comment 1

Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Van Ness, parade
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004 Chunkmoonhunter Productions
movies

eye 4,964

favorite 11

comment 1

Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: I-Hotel, police, eviction
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 7,192

favorite 10

comment 4

Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Ferlinghetti, Potrero Hill, poetry
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 4,945

favorite 3

comment 1

canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mission Creek, freeways, Mission Bay
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004
movies

eye 9,129

favorite 13

comment 3

Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004 Mooney Defense
movies

eye 3,686

favorite 3

comment 1

Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Tom Mooney, San Quentin, Preparedness Day
Shaping San Francisco
May 5, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 9,651

favorite 2

comment 0

shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Topics: Telegraph Hill, SF Bay, Coit Tower
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 8,896

favorite 11

comment 1

Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 5,542

favorite 2

comment 2

footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Potrero Hill, Parade, Feast Day
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 5,885

favorite 6

comment 1

panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: PPIE, World's Fairs, Marina District
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 3,363

favorite 1

comment 1

Sea Lions cavort on piers facing San Francisco's Pier 39.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Sea Lions, Pier 39, Tourism
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 23,094

favorite 18

comment 6

Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Earthquake, Fire, 1906
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 3,068

favorite 2

comment 1

Mayor Angelo Rossi appeals to San Franciscans to allow business to proceed, while most of the city is on strike in July 1934.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mayor Rossi, General Strike, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 8,358

favorite 14

comment 1

Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 4,522

favorite 6

comment 2

The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Soapbox Derby, Bernal Heights, underground culture
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 7,481

favorite 9

comment 1

A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Strike, Potrero Hill, Union Iron Works
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 1,896

favorite 5

comment 2

canoeing under the piers along San Francisco's waterfront.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: waterfront, Piers, canoe
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 12,871

favorite 6

comment 1

Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Union Square, Dewey Monument, 1903
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Glenn Bachmann
movies

eye 12,968

favorite 17

comment 2

The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Punk, Vats, Brewery
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004 Paper Tiger TV West
movies

eye 1,176

favorite 3

comment 0

A protest against the silence surrounding the original genocide in North America staged at a "Queen Isabella" pageant.
Topics: Pageant, protest, Quincentennial
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 6,640

favorite 5

comment 2

West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: West Portal, Portola Drive, Sutro Forest
Shaping San Francisco
May 10, 2004
movies

eye 31,373

favorite 38

comment 1

Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk