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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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National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bill and Cora Baird
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One of the Bell Telephone System’s many films instructing the public on proper use of the telephone. Bobby finds his lost dog with the help of the residents of Telezonia, who teach him how to use directory assistance, party lines, and proper phone manners. Note:   Adventure in Telezonia  was the Bairds’ second film for AT&T; “Telezonia” was the name of an instructional package on good telephone habits that was prepared for schools. It contained this film as well as practice...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Caravel Films
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Film showing the role of AT&T in facilitating network television transmission in the years before communications satellites. The live television broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s  Sleeping Beauty  ballet is sent from New York City to Wisconsin via AT&T’s coaxial cable and microwave relay system. Note:  Also released in 16mm. According to a report in  Business Screen , excerpts from  Stepping Along with Television  were included in the first program sent by AT&T’s relay system...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Pro-business cartoon explaining the role of investment capital in building America’s prosperity. Because of far-sighted investment in industry, the American worker, personified by Brooklyn-accented Joe, is “king of the workers of the world” and has higher wages and shorter hours than his counterparts abroad.  Meet King Joe  argues that in view of the rewards workers reap from the American economic system, it is in labor’s best interest to cooperate with management. Note:  Part of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by March of Time
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Film produced to acquaint minority workers with the sponsor’s services and promote a diverse workplace. In the story a laborer threatens a walkout after his foreman hires an African Ameri­can but learns acceptance after he observes the on-the-job skills of the new hire.  An Equal Chance  also illustrates the process through which the commission resolves bias complaints. Note:  The film was shown in theaters throughout New York State.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Southern Educational Film Production Service
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Neorealist mental health film produced for parents and health care workers.  Palmour Street  shows the daily life of an African American family and demonstrates how good parenting prepares children for adulthood and nurtures emotional growth. Note:  The film was shot in Gainesville, Georgia, with a local cast.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Union Films
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Advocacy film sponsored by the leftist labor union to expose the plight of senior citizens shut out of the postwar economic boom.  Industry’s Disinherited  shows the poverty and despair of older Americans forced to rely on inadequate pension and social security payments, and demands increased government benefits for seniors.
Topic: sponsored film
Orgone Archive
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We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project
Topic: orgone archive