Skip to main content

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.



rss RSS
A B C D E F G H remove-circle I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Archived
Creator
Educational Films
by Babbitt, Milton, 1916-2011; Babbitt, Milton, 1916-2011. Vision and prayer; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 973

favorite 24

comment 0

USA Composers: Electronic Music (1966) Discusses some of the important American composers of the 20th century, including Ives, Piston, Harris, and Copland. Shows how their music reflects their own creative personalities rather than an abstract American tradition.
Topics: Babbitt, Milton, 1916-2011, Electronic music
Educational Films
by Berne, Eric; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 816

favorite 9

comment 0

Presents interviews with Eric Berne in which he explains the assumptions upon which his theory of transactional analysis is based
Topic: Social interaction
Educational Films
by Gilbert, Perry W; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 622

favorite 13

comment 0

Attack Patterns of Sharks (1966) Object animation by the first French animator, Emile Cole, about a moving company placing furniture in a house. Pots, pans, baskets and furniture move themselves in a dizzy ballet.
Topics: Sharks, Shark attacks
Educational Films
by Hullfish, H. Gordon (Henry Gordon), 1894-1962; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 336

favorite 5

comment 0

Philosophies of Education: Experimental Approach to Education (1961) Describes village life on the coast of Ghana, the newest independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Shows the people in a village who have for centuries lived by and from the sea, explaining that the net is owned by the chief of the village and that he takes a half-share of the tiny catch. Visits a larger town where many new things are seen, including a fishiat which can go farther to sea and take larger catches.
Topics: Education, Philosophies of education
Educational Films
by John Coltrane Quartet; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,664

favorite 44

comment 0

Produced by NET Music by the John Coltrane Quartet Summary Explores the relationship of the Bla.k policeman to other blacks by interviewing those on both sides in New York City and Los Angeles. Points out that some see Black police officers as representing a white system badly in need of change while other Blacks accuse the Black cop of seeking only the instant authority that comes with a badge.
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, African American police, Police-community relations, Civil rights,...
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by KQED-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.); National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 908

favorite 8

comment 0

Poetry:William Carlos Williams Demonstrates the annihilation of positron-electron pairs. Emphasizes the conservation of energy and the transformation of matter into radiation.
Topic: Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; British Broadcasting Company, Television Service; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 579

favorite 4

comment 0

Introduced by David Powitt
Topics: Weather forecasting, Climatic changes
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; British Broadcasting Company, Television Service; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 919

favorite 9

comment 0

Introduced by David Prowitt
Topics: Weather forecasting, Climatic changes
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 931

favorite 15

comment 0

The Violent Universe, Part 5 (1969) Examines the forces that combined after the Supreme Court desegregation decision to ignite the civil rights movement in the South. Illustrates representative moments in the history of the protest, such as the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott and the lunch counter sit-ins.
Topic: Astronomy
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University
movies

eye 798

favorite 7

comment 0

Discusses the thesis that Russia's revolution is unfinished, since it has not yet come into harmony with the talents of the Russian people. Shows scenes of life in Russia today and presents interviews with leading persons in economics, medicine, science, children's literature and poetry
Topic: Revolution (Soviet Union : 1917-1921)
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 980

favorite 13

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topics: Climatology, Weather, Weather control
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 806

favorite 14

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topics: Communism, Politics and government
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,668

favorite 7

comment 0

Produced by NET Views the political and legal career and personal philosophy of Earl Warren Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film Summary Discusses the political career and personal philosophy of Earl Warren.
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Warren, Earl, 1891-1974, Series: The Warren Years (1969), Philosophy
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,090

favorite 3

comment 0

Verdun Principle of the vernier scale and its application to a micrometer and to inside and outside calipers; how to use and read vernier micrometers and vernier calipers.
Topics: Verdun, Battle of (France : 1916), Verdun, Battle of, Verdun, France, 1916, Travel
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 901

favorite 6

comment 0

Shows how Dr Joseph Smagorinsky and his colleagues at the Environmental Science Services Administration experiment with mathematical equations and computers for predicting the weather. Morris Shamos, Roscoe Braham of the University of Chicago, Louis Battan of the Institute for Atmospheric Physics, and Jerome Spar of the U.S. Weather Bureau discuss rain, hail, and lightning. Research is aimed at modifying large-scale weather systems, such as cyclones. From the Science and engineering TV journal...
Topics: Numerical weather forecasting, Meteorology
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 495

favorite 7

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topic: Television
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 353

favorite 6

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topic: Race relations
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 285

favorite 5

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topics: Veterans Administration Hospital (Palo Alto, Calif.), Mentally ill
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 2,067

favorite 36

comment 5

USA Dance: New York City Ballet (1965) An assault on the alienation of modern industrial life, this film takes the viewer on a chilling tour of a paper factory. Set to dissonant music and accompanied by poetic and often abstract narration whose scope extends beyond problems of the factory to suggest the insanity of modern existence in general.--Peter De Domenico, 6/94.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: New York City Ballet, Ballet
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 674

favorite 9

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topics: Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, Photography, Artistic
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,194

favorite 9

comment 0

Produced by NET Looks at the rehabilitation of persons afflicted with total or partial loss of speech under a new program at the University of Chicago. Explains the language modalities test, and instrument designed to diagnose the level of speech loss in aphasics, developed by Dr. Wepman, professor of psychology and surgery at the University of Chicago. From the Spectrum series Summary Pictures stroke victims and others afflicted with aphasia, the total or partial loss of speech. Explains the...
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Aphasia, Speech therapy, Neurological disorders, Physical...
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,384

favorite 10

comment 0

Artists : Jack Tworkov Shows artist Jim Dine at work and at home; includes footage of Dine discussing his life, his artistic development, and "what is called ugly" in his work. Examines a number of Dine's works from different periods, including his tie paintings, tool paintings, palettes, collages, and "happenings"; considers Dine's concern with objects in his work.
Topic: Tworkov, Jack
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 446

favorite 10

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topic: Race relations
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 2,023

favorite 50

comment 0

Poetess Nikki Giovanni, singer Lena Horne, Bibi Amina Baraka (wife of poet-playwright Leroi Jones) and other Black women discuss the role of Black women in contemporary society
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 299

favorite 4

comment 0

Produced by NET
Topic: English language
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 928

favorite 4

comment 0

USA Artists: The New Abstraction: Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland (1966) John Canady documents various aspects of the six major medieval cathedrals of France, explaining the symbolism of the architectural and sculptural styles, and pointing out that the cathedral stands as a visable summary of the philosophical and intellectual world of the Middle Ages.
Topics: Louis, Morris, 1912-1962, Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 584

favorite 7

comment 0

Producer, director, and editor, Shelly Grossman; story and research, Mary Louise Grossman, John Hamlet; narrator, John Hamlet
Topic: Pesticide residues in food
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,186

favorite 4

comment 0

Novel: Saul Bellow The World of The Dangling Man History of black Americans in music and poetry. Their emergence from the slave state of over three hundred years ago to the present unrest. Poems of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. Statements by James Baldwin, Malcom X and Stokeley Carmichael. A warning that the black culture will no longer be put off.
Topic: Bellow, Saul
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,838

favorite 10

comment 1

Producer, Dick McCutchen; director, Gordon Parks; editor, Michael Misch
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Thomas, Piri, 1928-2011, Puerto Ricans in New York (City)
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 617

favorite 11

comment 0

The Violent Universe, Part 4 (1969) Tells the story of the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers as seen through the eyes of its alumnae fifty years later at a planned reunion.
Topic: Astronomy
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,812

favorite 27

comment 0

Explores the meaning of 'the Southern way of life.' Includes interviews with black and white citizens and shows scenes of segregated schools. Profiles a middle-aged man who has been unable to keep a job for five years due to an obsessive-compulsive condition. Explains that neurotics have reasons for performing ritual acts--even when they know the ritual is meaningless. Patient expresses his feelings about his symptoms, and his progress in therapy is shown. From the Disordered Mind series. R....
Topic: African Americans
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 909

favorite 17

comment 1

The Violent Universe, Part 3 (1969) A comprehensive report of astronomical theories, research, and discoveries. Visits thirty astronomers at their observatories throughout the world as they discuss pulsars, infra-red galaxies, red giants, white dwarfs, cosmic rays, and redshift. Includes a motion picture view of a quasar.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Astronomy
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 635

favorite 16

comment 0

Free at Last (1965) Examines early childhood education and its role in a school-oriented society. Considers the relationship between theories of education and learning and the changes in pedagogical techniques that have grown out of these theories.
Topic: African Americans
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 731

favorite 21

comment 0

Examines the civilization of ancient Africa and its significance to the American Negro. Shows that white historians ignore old civilizations of Africa below the Sahara. Explores this little - known past through art and pageantry. Features Ossie Davis.
Topic: Civilization
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 817

favorite 16

comment 0

Reviews highlights of the civil rights struggle from 1954 - 64. Examines the impact of Negro militancy on Negro and white Americans. Shows film coverage showing Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Features Ossie Davis. Portrays the underlying and immediate causes of the civil war between Nigeria and the breakaway province of Biafra.
Topic: African Americans
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,001

favorite 8

comment 1

With fact sheet
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Cosindas, Marie, 1925-, Photography, Artistic
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,064

favorite 12

comment 0

Photography: Dorothea Lange Under the Trees Presents quotations from the Daybooks of Edward Weston to explain his inner feelings and shows photographs from his soft-focus portraits, his abstract motifs, and his work done in Mexico. Two of his sons, his second wife, and one of his former students discuss and evaluate the artist and their relationship to him.
Topics: Lange, Dorothea, Photography, Artistic
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 2,810

favorite 25

comment 1

Features Fela Sowande of Nigeria, African musicologist, composer, and organist, who explains how contemporary African music has mingled traditional African and Western idioms to create new forms. Presents music of Shakespeare's time played by the New York Pro Musica.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Music, African
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 1,176

favorite 11

comment 0

Producer and director, Dick McCutchen; consultant, Prentice Williams
Topics: Prisons, Prisoners
Educational Films
by National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana. University. Audio-Visual Center. [from old catalog]
movies

eye 5,252

favorite 40

comment 0

Topic: Sex instruction
Educational Films
by Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 654

favorite 2

comment 0

USA Writers: S.J. Perelman (1966) Investigates the writing career of novelist Irving Stone through an interview with Stone and his wife, Jean. In addition to Stone's own works, the novelist and his wife speak informally about the functions of a writer, the hard work and perseverance which professional writing entails, and the problems involved in transforming books into screenplays.
Topics: Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979, Fiction
Educational Films
by Richter, Richard. Executive Producer; Louw, Joseph. Producer. Writer; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 436

favorite 5

comment 0

Producer, Joseph Louw; editor, Bill Doreste
Topic: Mexican Americans
Educational Films
by Ridlon, Harold G; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University. Audio-Visual Center
movies

eye 673

favorite 4

comment 0

Illustrates good study habits and explains why they are essential to academic success in college. Visits the suburbs of London, Marseilles, and Rotterdam to show how several cities attempt to eliminate ugly and inefficient suburbs by community planning.
Topics: Study skills, Reading comprehension
Educational Films
by Weston, Edward, 1886-1958. Daybooks; National Educational Television and Radio Center; Indiana University, Bloomington
movies

eye 1,445

favorite 4

comment 0

Photography: The Day Books of Eedward Weston - The Strongest Way of Seeing Describes the provisions of Public Law 94-142, the Education For All Handicapped Children Act.
Topics: Weston, Edward, 1886-1958, Photography, Artistic