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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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The Dope Tapes
by Michael Aldrich
movies

eye 6,864

favorite 19

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IN THE 20 TH CENTURY, ZEMECKIS ON DRINK & DRUGS (Showtime 9-13-1999). Robert Zemeckis documentary on alcohol and drug prohibition, with David Courtwright, Bill White, and Dr. Demento! See scans of liner notes for detailed content.
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Topics: vhs, Drugs, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley
Source: VHS Panasonic AG-1980>Panasonic DMR-E30>CDR via OSX
PeriscopeFilm
movies

eye 1,639

favorite 5

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In this short promotional film by Zenith, the consumer electronics company touts the many advantages of its new color television sets. The film opens with a father taking his daughter to a Chicago Cubs baseball game ( 00:30 ), who are hosting the San Francisco Giants. His daughter’s reaction to seeing her first live baseball game, “in color,” causes him to make the decision to buy a color television set. Interviews with people on the street ( 02:29 ), who own Zenith products—including a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
movies

eye 172

favorite 1

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Featuring footage shot just before WWII, Library Films' CROSSROADS TO THE ORIENT (:08) presents rare color images of Manila and the Philippines. As the opening credits of the film explain, the Philippine Islands suffered severe war damage and the islands Zombanga and Jolo were included (:20). However, the way of life on these islands did not change much and the scenes depicted in this film, which were shot before the war, will accurately display life on these islands. The capitol of the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
movies

eye 167

favorite 2

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Made in the 1930s for classroom use, this historic German film features the Zugspitze Railway in Bavaria, and the cable tram to the top of the mountain. The narrative of the film is about a weather station on top of the Zugspitze, used to monitor snow and rainfall and track cloud and storm formation in the Alps. The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway (German: Bayerische Zugspitzbahn) is one of four rack railways still working in Germany, along with the Wendelstein Railway, the Drachenfels Railway and...
Topic: Stock Footage
Educational Films
by National Film Board of Canada
movies

eye 1,188

favorite 18

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"A superb visual trick that will mystify its audience, this animated film transforms the commonplace into magic." Dramatic cinemacrography zeros in on a blimp-shaped object whose orange-rust skin becomes coated with a clear fluid. The camera scans around the increasingly changing pellet until the explosive finish where the truth is revealed. Intended audience: General Issued also as videorecording
Topics: macrography, short film
Educational Films
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation
movies

eye 441

favorite 4

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With teacher's guide
Topic: Zebras
Educational Films
by Hartley Productions
movies

eye 11,434

favorite 174

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Producer, Elda Hartley; script and narration, Alan Watts Discusses the Zen philosophy of living for the present, developing sensory awareness, and appreciating the beauty of nature Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Zen Buddhism, Philosophy, Buddhism
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Films Incorporated
movies

eye 464

favorite 8

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Produced by the BBC
Topics: Weightlessness, Space flight
Educational Films
by Vigo, Jean, 1905-1934; Macmillan Films
movies

eye 1,110

favorite 6

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Originally released under the title Zero de conduite
Topic: Boarding schools
Educational Films
movies

eye 75

favorite 1

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Films done for a class projects by Harry Buch.
Educational Films
by National Geographic Society (U.S.); Metromedia Producers Corporation. [from old catalog]; Films Incorporated. [from old catalog]
movies

eye 1,186

favorite 4

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Zoos of the World Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film SummaryTravels around the globe to some of the best zoos, which are striving to fill a new role that relates directly to environmental education.
Topic: Zoos
Educational Films
by Mehta, Zubin; B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League
movies

eye 89

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Title from data sheet
Topics: Mehta, Zubin, Tizmoret ha-filharmonit ha-Yiśreʼelit, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra
Educational Films
by Machris Productions
movies

eye 469

favorite 9

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African villagers decorate mats, style hair, attend church service, sell fish and produce, thatch roof, and make toys and ornaments. Presents formal costumed dancing
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Zulu (African people), Dance
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation
Educational Films
by Machris Productions
movies

eye 1,117

favorite 13

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Shows rural life and crafts in African village: mock battle dance by men, women singing and playing musical bow, both sexes dancing together, bridal dance, and battle dance involving horses
Topics: 16mm Film, Educational Film, Zulu (African people), Dance
Source: Lasergraphics ScanStation