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Ephemeral Films

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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Educational Films
by Back, Frédéric, 1924-2013

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"The film All Nothing is an allegory portraying humankind's desire to appropriate all of nature's beauty and resources. For too long, we have held the mistaken belief that the world was created entirely for our benefit. As countless plant and animal species become extinct, our generous planet has little left to offer: clean water and lush forests are becoming increasingly rare. The film ends, however, on a positive note: Frédéric Back cherishes the hope that future generations will...
Topics: Ecology, Environmental protection, animation
Educational Films
by Belson, Jordan

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A metaphor of creation. Spirals, circles, and abstract forms move against alternating dark and light backgrounds. An orb changes color, appearing in flash frames. Dots resembling stars or atoms and galaxies with shooting stars are created on the screen. The stars then order themselves into lines. Exploding sunbursts end the film. The film includes interference pattern imagery Belson created for the famous San Francisco Vortex Concerts (1959-1960). "I think of Allures as a combination of...
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Topics: Jordan Belson, Experimental films, Abstract films, Short films, Animated films, animation
Educational Films
by Bozzetto, Bruno

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Summary An animated segment from Allegro non troppo , a feature film which combines live action and cartoons set to classical music in a satirical parody of Disney's Fantasia . An industrious bee prepares a feast that is threatened by the contortions of an amorous human couple.  No narration or dialogue. Credits Producer, director, and writer, Bruno Bozzetto Animators, Giuseppe Lagana, et al. Editor, Giancarlo Ross
Topics: Concertos, animation, italian, animated film, Bees, Animated films
Orgone Archive
by Bray Productions

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Bobby Bumps Starts for School We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
Topics: school, animation, bray, orgone archive
Educational Films
by Bruno Bozzetto Film

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Award-winning animated commentary about how 20th-century humans are so caught up in the daily trials of life that they forget about the meaning of existence. Contrasts gray reality with the exuberant spirits of joyous life and color. Asserts that ordinary people fail to develop to their true human potential.
Topics: Animated films, Animation, Comedy, Satire, Short Film, Bozzetto, Animated films