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Oral history interview with Charles Mattox, 1964 Apr. 9

Interviewee:
Mattox, Charles, 1910-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Ferbraché, Lewis  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13207
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213657
AAA_collcode_mattox64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213657
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Wentzy, 2017 January 23-March 31

Interviewee:
Wentzy, James, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Subject:
Arena, Tony  Search this
Brown, Arch  Search this
Buckingham, David  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Dee, James  Search this
Ellis, Darrel  Search this
Farber, Robert  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Maletta, Lou  Search this
Moore, Patrick  Search this
Santinire, Vincent  Search this
Schnabel, John  Search this
Tam, Ho  Search this
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387864
AAA_collcode_wentzy17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387864
Online Media:

Productions, 1986-2013

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Science Media Group  Search this
Uniform title:
A Private Universe (Video recording)  Search this
Looking at Learning...Again (Video recording)  Search this
Case Studies in Science Education (Video recording)  Search this
Science in Focus: Energy (Video recording)  Search this
The Next Move, Assessment in Math and Science (Video recording)  Search this
Principles for Principals (Video recording)  Search this
Shedding Light on Science (Video recording)  Search this
Science in Focus: Force and Motion (Video recording)  Search this
Essential Science for Teachers (Video recording)  Search this
Technical Difficulties (Video recording)  Search this
Cosmic Questions (Video recording)  Search this
SportSmarts (Video recording)  Search this
NASA Forum on the Structure and Evolution of the Universe (Video recording)  Search this
Welcome to the Smithsonian (Video recording)  Search this
Smithsonian Job Talks (Video recording)  Search this
Mind, Brain, and Education (Video recording)  Search this
Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions (Video recording)  Search this
Physics for the 21st Century (Video recording)  Search this
Understandings of Consequence Project (Video recording)  Search this
Lighthouse of the Skies (Video recording)  Search this
Science and Engineering in the Lives of Students (Video recording)  Search this
Eye on the Sky (Video recording)  Search this
Factors Influencing College Science Success (Video recording)  Search this
Science in Focus: Force and Motion (Video recording)  Search this
Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship (Video recording)  Search this
Private Universe Project in Math Workshops (Video recording)  Search this
Subject:
Schneps, Matthew H  Search this
Sadler, Philip Michael  Search this
Annenberg/CPB  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Harvard College Observatory  Search this
Physical description:
45.5 cu. ft. (45 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Compact discs
Digital images
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Drawings
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Videotapes
Date:
1986
1986-2013
Topic:
Scientists  Search this
Mathematics teachers  Search this
Science teachers  Search this
Students  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings--Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-090
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Productions 1982-2013 [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Science Media Group]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_379872

Productions

Topic:
A Private Universe (Video recording)
Looking at Learning...Again (Video recording)
Case Studies in Science Education (Video recording)
Science in Focus: Energy (Video recording)
The Next Move, Assessment in Math and Science (Video recording)
Principles for Principals (Video recording)
Shedding Light on Science (Video recording)
Science in Focus: Force and Motion (Video recording)
Essential Science for Teachers (Video recording)
Technical Difficulties (Video recording)
Cosmic Questions (Video recording)
SportSmarts (Video recording)
NASA Forum on the Structure and Evolution of the Universe (Video recording)
Welcome to the Smithsonian (Video recording)
Smithsonian Job Talks (Video recording)
Mind, Brain, and Education (Video recording)
Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions (Video recording)
Physics for the 21st Century (Video recording)
Understandings of Consequence Project (Video recording)
Lighthouse of the Skies (Video recording)
Science and Engineering in the Lives of Students (Video recording)
Eye on the Sky (Video recording)
Factors Influencing College Science Success (Video recording)
Science in Focus: Force and Motion (Video recording)
Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship (Video recording)
Private Universe Project in Math Workshops (Video recording)
Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Science Media Group  Search this
Extent:
45.5 cu. ft. (45 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Compact discs
Digital images
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Drawings
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Videotapes
Date:
1986-2013
Descriptive Entry:
The Science Media Group (SMG) was founded by Dr. Matthew H. Schneps and Dr. Philip Michael Sadler as an experimental project to explore novel applications of video in the service of science education. In operation at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory from 1989 to 2013, this accession consists of videotapes and motion picture film of edited programs, camera masters, and supporting materials. The programs focus on classroom teaching and reflect the best practices drawn from research in science teaching and learning. Programs include interviews and on-camera presentations by leaders in the science education reform movement; extensive interviews with students, science and mathematics content experts, and K-12 and information science educators.

Productions documented include: "Essential Science for Teachers"; "Technical Difficulties"; "Cosmic Questions"; "SportSmarts"; "Shedding Light on Science"; "The Next Move, Assessment in Math and Science"; "NASA Forum on the Structure and Evolution of the Universe"; "Science in Focus: Energy"; "Principles for Principals"; "Welcome to the Smithsonian"; "Smithsonian Job Talks"; "Mind, Brain, and Education"; "Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions"; "Physics for the 21st Century"; "Understandings of Consequence Project"; "Lighthouse of the Skies"; "Science and Engineering in the Lives of Students"; "Eye on the Sky"; "A Private Universe"; "Factors Influencing College Science Success"; "Looking at Learning . . . Again"; "Science in Focus: Force and Motion"; "Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship"; "Case Studies in Science Education"; and "Private Universe Project in Math Workshops". SMG partnered with Annenberg/CPB for many years on productions.

Some materials are from before the SMG was formed. Materials include videotapes, audiotapes, motion picture film, sound recordings, notes, shot logs, reports, questionnaires, proposals, release forms, drawings, brochures, and images. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Scientists  Search this
Mathematics teachers  Search this
Science teachers  Search this
Students  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Compact discs
Digital images
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Drawings
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-090, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Science Media Group, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 16-090
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa16-090

George Sidney Collection

Collector:
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Sidney, George, 1916-2002  Search this
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Donor:
Sidney, Corinne Entratter  Search this
Sidney, Corinne Entratter  Search this
Names:
Columbia Pictures  Search this
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Margret, Ann-, 1941-  Search this
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973  Search this
Sidney, George, 1877-1945  Search this
Sidney, Hazel Mooney  Search this
Sidney, Louis K.  Search this
Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974  Search this
Extent:
54 Film reels
96 Cubic feet (288 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Photographs
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1885-2002
bulk 1940-1967
Summary:
George Sidney (1916-2002) was a film director during the Golden Age of Hollywood filmmaking (1927-1954). He spent the longest period of his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) until the 1950s. He later produced and directed films for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He was a president of the Directors Guild of America and an avid photographer. He was the recipient of three awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). The collection consists of photographs, photographic negatives, personal and business materials, and film. The collection also contains material created by George Sidney's uncle, George Sidney, vaudevillian and motion picture actor.
Scope and Contents:
The George Sidney Collection consists of approximately eighty-eight cubic feet of photographs and materials from the Hollywood director George Sidney, most dealing with his career in motion pictures. Sidney was an avid photographer and collector of photographs documenting extremely well the Hollywood film community during the Studio Era (1927-1954) of filmmaking. The bulk of the collection is from Sidney's most productive years, circa 1937-1968.

MGM's motto was "More Stars than there are in Heaven" and the researcher would be advised that the extent of this collection is such that it is impossible to list and identify all of the celebrities and personalities photographed, both behind and in front of the camera. There are stills from Sidney's many productions as well as his on-set personal photographs. There are photographs from dinner parties, and many studio and film community functions. Productions are dated to their generally accepted first theatrical release date (Los Angeles and New York) and in the case of a Broadway show to their opening date.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Photographs, Photographic Negatives, and Slides, 1914-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.1: The Camera Eye of George Sidney, undated.

Subseries 1.2: Productions (Motion Picture, Stage, and Radio), 1921-1968. Subseries 1.3: Personalities and People, 1932-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.4: Personal and Family, 1914-1992, undated.

Subseries 1.5: Family Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks, 1918-1950, undated.

Subseries 1.6: Travel and Locations, 1940-1981, undated.

Subseries 1.7: Studio, Entertainment, and Public Events, 1949-1995, undated.

Subseries 1.8: Tests, 1938-1967, undated.

Subseries 1.9: Photographic Negatives, 1937-1979, undated

Series 2: Production Ephemera, Posters, Scripts, 1930-1991, undated.

Subseries 2.1: Production Posters, 1943-1964, undated

Subseries 2.2: Production Ephemera and Scripts, 1930-1991, undated

Series 3: Office Files and Personal Material, 1903-2002, undated

Subseries 3.1: Personal Material, 1944-2002, undated

Subseries 3.2: Correspondence, Random Files, Indices, and Inventories, 1903-2002, undated

Series 4: Music Manuscripts, Sheet Music, and Music Related Material, 1885-1992, undated

Subseries 4.1: Music Manuscripts, 1937-1960, undated

Subseries 4.2: Sheet Music, 1885-1990

Subseries 4.3: Music Related Material, 1971-1992, undated

Series 5: Audiovisual, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.1: Film, 1940-1960, undated

Subseries 5.2: Audio, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.3: Video, 1989-2001, undated

Series 6: George Sidney (1877-1945), 1909-1945, undated
Biographical / Historical:
George E. Sidney was born in New York, New York on October 4th, 1916 into a show business family. His father Louis K. Sidney (birth surname Kronowith) (1891-1958) was a Broadway producer, actor-manager, and one of the vice-presidents of Loew's Incorporated. Sidney's mother, Hazael Mooney (?-1969), was a vaudeville performer, part of a sister act known as The Mooney Sisters. She was a native New Yorker, daughter of prominent New York City attorney Henry Mooney. She and Louis were married at her home, 12 West 109th Street, New York. Another residence was 179 West 63rd Street.

Louis K. Sidney began working for Loew's Incorporated in 1923. He managed theatres in Denver, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Dayton, and New York. Later he was in charge of stage productions for the theatre circuit. He was in charge of MGM's East Coast film production facility in New York. He and Hazael followed son George to Los Angeles in 1937. Louis produced two motion pictures at MGM, The Big Store with the Marx Brothers and Hullabaloo. After February 1951, he was a member of the four man executive committee in charge of MGM. At his retirement in 1955, Louis K. had risen to the position of vice-president of Loew's, Incorporated. He served as vice-president and director of the Motion Picture Producers Association, as a director of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and the Hollywood Coordinating Committee.

George Sidney had two uncles in show business, Jack Sidney, known as "Jack of Spades" a black-face comedian, and Sidney's half-uncle, George Sidney (1877-1945) (real name Samuel Greenfield), a vaudeville comic. George had a successful Broadway and screen career, most notably as the bum, Busy Izzy, a character that lasted on the vaudeville circuit from 1901-1915. His initial Broadway success was in a show entitled Welcome Stranger that ran for 309 performances. Welcome Stranger had an extensive touring schedule across the United States. In conjunction with Charlie Murray, he developed a comedy act known as Cohen and Kelly that was not only a vaudeville success but easily made the transition to motion pictures. The Cohens and Kellys films became a motion picture franchise for Universal Studios in 1924. He was married to Carrie Weber (?-1940). George was a member of the Friars Club and an avid sports fan. He owned a racehorse named Kibbitzer.

George Sidney made his on-screen debut in The Littlest Cowboy (1921) starring Tom Mix. He moved to Los Angeles in 1930. Sidney went to work as a messenger at MGM. Louis B. Mayer's nickname for Sidney was "boy". Sidney flourished at the studio and by the time he was twenty he was directing screen tests and one-reel shorts. He directed installments in the Our Gang and Little Rascals series, as well as the Pete Smith and the Crime Does Not Pay series. He won back-to-back Oscars for two of his shorts, Quicker'n a Wink (1940) and Of Pups and Puzzles (1941). His feature film directing debut was Free and Easy (1941) starring Robert Cummings. His first major film musical was the all-star, war time musical, Thousands Cheer (1943), starring Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly. Sidney always indicated he viewed films as entertainment and seems to have rejected the auteur theory of directing embraced by some of his well known colleagues such as John Ford and Vincent Minnelli. His film, The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, was one of MGM's highest grossing films in the post World War Two period. He won his third Oscar for the short, Overture to 'The Merry Wives of Windsor, in 1954. Jupiter's Darling (1955) with Esther Williams was Sidney's last film for MGM. He was loaned to Columbia Pictures to direct The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), after which his contract at MGM ended.

Sidney went on to become an independent producer and director at Columbia Pictures where he directed such films as Pal Joey (1957), starring Frank Sinatra, and Bye Bye Birdie (1963) starring Ann-Margret. He returned to MGM in the 1960s to make A Ticklish Affair (1963), starring Shirley Jones and Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley. His last film was the musical Half a Sixpence (1967) starring Tommy Steele for Paramount Pictures. Sidney also directed and produced for television most notably Who Has Seen the Wind (1964). He financed and founded Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1944. He was a two-term president, 1951-1959 and 1961-1967, of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), earlier known as the Screen Directors Guild (SDG).

In his personal life, Sidney was married in 1942 to legendary MGM drama coach, Lillian "Burnsie" Burns Salzer (1903-1998). He was eight years her junior. They lived at the Sidney home (1140 Tower Road) in Beverly Hills. They divorced in the mid 1970s. For a brief time Sidney maintained a penthouse apartment for George Sidney Productions at 144 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. He maintained a suite (301) in the Palm Wilshire Building, 9201 Wilshire Boulevard in the 1970s. He married his second wife, Jane Adler Robinson (?-1991), second wife and widow of actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1974), around 1978. The house at 1140 Tower Road was sold and Sidney moved to the Robinson home at 910 Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. Sidney married his third wife, Corinne Kegley Entratter (1937-?), widow of showman and Las Vegas entrepreneur John Entratter, in 1991. Sidney was a prolific photographer. He collected art and was apparently an avid gardener. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2002.
Related Materials:
The Harry Warren Collection, AC0750

The Groucho Marx Collection, AC0269

Sidney related artifacts from Sidney's films are housed in the Division of Culture and the Arts, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. There are scrapbooks donated by the Sidney Estate in the collection of the Cinema-Television Library, Doheny Library, University of Southern California, consisting of eleven volumes containing photographs, correspondence, publicity documents, and other materials, circa 1933-1963.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Archives Center in 2005 by Corinne Entratter Sidney, widow of George Sidney.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with cotton gloves. Researchers may use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis and as resources allow.

Viewing film portions of the collection requires special appointment, please inquire; listening to LP recordings is only possible by special arrangement.

Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period.

Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own exclusive rights to these materials. All requests for permission to use these materials for non-museum purposes must be addressed directly to the Archives Center, and the Archives Center will forward the request to the copyright holder. Collection items are available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Motion picture production and direction  Search this
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Musicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
George Sidney Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, gift of Corinne Entratter Sidney
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0867
See more items in:
George Sidney Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0867

Unhinged Sam Taylor-Wood

Author:
Taylor-Wood, Sam 1967-  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([22] leaves of plates) all illustrations (some color) 14 x 15 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Accordion fold format
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Folded books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1996
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.T38 U6 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_785398

American cinematographer

Physical description:
ill. 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1920
Topic:
Cinematography--Periodicals  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Call number:
TR845 .A512Z
TR845.A512Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_192563

Drawing into film : directors' drawings : March 26-April 24, 1993 / Sergei Eisenstein ... [et al.] ; essay by Annette Michelson ; curated by Marc Glimcher, Mark Pollard

Author:
Eisenstein, Sergei 1898-1948  Search this
Michelson, Annette  Search this
Pace Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
102 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Storyboards--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
PN1995.9.P7 D73 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655136

Film directors on directing / John Andrew Gallagher

Author:
Gallagher, John Andrew 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Interviews
Date:
1989
Topic:
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Call number:
PN1995.9.P7G35 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_389140

Hollywood / Dominique Lebrun ; [translator, Maev de la Guardia]

Author:
Lebrun, Dominique  Search this
Physical description:
749 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
California
Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Motion pictures--History  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
PN1993.5.U65 L43 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_502653

Oral history interview with Charles Mattox

Interviewee:
Mattox, Charles, 1910-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Ferbraché, Lewis  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Extent:
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 Apr. 9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Mattox conducted 1964 Apr. 9, by Lewis Ferbraché, for the Archives of American Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Mattox (1910-1996) was a muralist in San Francisco, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 59 min.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mattox64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mattox64

Oral history interview with James Wentzy

Interviewee:
Wentzy, James  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Names:
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System) -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Arena, Tony  Search this
Brown, Arch  Search this
Buckingham, David  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Dee, James, 1950-  Search this
Ellis, Darrel  Search this
Farber, Robert, 1948-1995  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Maletta, Lou  Search this
Moore, Patrick, 1962-  Search this
Santinire, Vincent  Search this
Schnabel, John  Search this
Tam, Ho, 1962-  Search this
Extent:
15 Items (Sound recording: 15 sound files (5 hr., 13 min.), digital, wav)
164 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 January 23-March 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview with James Wentzy, conducted 2017 January 23-March 31, by Cynthia Carr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Wentzy's home and studio in New York, New York.
Wentzy speaks of his childhood in South Dakota; studying filmmaking at Southern Illinois University; moving to New York and shooting commercial films in the late 1970s; working and homesteading in the photography studio of James Dee; the beginning of the AIDS crisis; being diagnosed with HIV in 1990; his participation in and extensive documentation of ACT UP meetings, actions, and demonstrations; his place in the genealogy of AIDS activism; and his body of film and television work. Wentzy also recalls Darrel Ellis, Alanna Heiss, Arch Brown, James Dee, Robert Farber, Ho Tam, John Schnabel, Patrick Moore, Lou Maletta, Tony Arena, Vincent Satinire, David Buckingham, Jean Carlomusto, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
James Wentzy (1952- ) is a cinematographer, documentary filmmaker, and artist in New York, New York. Cynthia Carr (1950- ) is a writer in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Cinematographers  Search this
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.wentzy17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wentzy17

Teenarama: Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking

Creator:
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Kendall Productions  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (microcassette)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1998
Scope and Contents:
Conversation about producing a documentary film. Specifically, the importance of both sound and image; necessary equipment; technical aspects and elements of production; interviewing techniques; cinematography and sound tips; planning and outlining the film; and funding, marketing and focus groups are discussed.
Discussion. Audio only. Very poor audio quality. Part of the Teenarama Collection. Dated 19981012.
Biographical / Historical:
The documentary 'Dance Party: The Teenarama Story' examined the popularity of 1950s and 1960s teen dance television shows, including 'The Teenarama Dance Party,' 'American Bandstand,' 'The Buddy Dean Show,' and 'The Milt Grant Show.' 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was an all-black teen dance show produced and broadcasted in Washington, D.C. The show aired from March 7, 1963 to November 20, 1970 on WOOK-TV Channel 14, which was the nation's first Black TV station. The show was produced live six days a week; and hosted first by Bob King and later by a rotation of hosts. In addition to being a dance show, 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was a training ground for teens. Production staff mentored the teenagers in the art of broadcast production. The teens trained as camera operators, floor directors, and technical engineers; and served as production assistants.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV005288_B
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Motion picture authorship  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures -- Distribution  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Teenarama: Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-055, Item ACMA AV005288_A
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Kendall Productions Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-055-ref726

Productions

Topic:
Reel Jungle (Video recording : 1988)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Video recordings
Videotapes
Date:
1988
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audio and video recordings created during the production of the video, "The Reel Jungle." "The Reel Jungle," 1988, was a companion film to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition, "Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure," which showed the myths and misconceptions that artists and filmmakers have created about tropical rainforests. The film won a 1989 CINE Golden Eagle Award. Materials include film transfers, mix, narration, master, safety master, protection master, and 8-track.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Rain forests  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Video recordings
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-206, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 06-206
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa06-206

Productions

Topic:
Laser 10 (Motion picture : 1970)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1970, 1985
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Laser 10," a film that accompanied the National Museum of History and Technology exhibition of the same name. The exhibition celebrated the tenth anniversary of the invention of the laser. Materials include narration on 1/4" audiotape and prints on 16 mm film. Also included in this accession are audiovisual materials documenting an infrared telescope experiment at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Materials include a dub and dub master, both on 1" magnetic tape.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Lasers  Search this
Infrared telescopes  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-076, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-076
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-076

Productions

Topic:
Columbus and His Time (Motion picture : 1976)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1976
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Columbus and His Time." This 10-minute film accompanied an exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of History and Technology and features Christopher Columbus. Versions exist in both English and Spanish. Materials include narration, music, mixes, A and B rolls, and a release print in Spanish.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-081, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-081
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-081

Productions

Topic:
Reptiles and Amphibians (Motion picture : 1982)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1981-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Reptiles and Amphibians." This 20 minute film was produced in 1982 to prepare third through sixth graders for their visit to the National Zoological Park. Materials include source materials and titles on 16 mm film.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing copies are not currently available. Viewing copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Reptiles  Search this
Amphibians  Search this
Zoos -- Educational aspects  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-085, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-085
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-085

Productions

Topic:
Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Struggle for Rights (Motion picture : 1973)
Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution (Video recording : 1988)
Life and Times of Richard Allen (Video recording : 1990)
Harlem Renaissance (Video recording : 1986)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Oklahoma -- History
Date:
1973, 1986, 1988, 1990, undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Struggle for Rights;" "Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution;" "Life and Times of Richard Allen;" and "Harlem Renaissance." "Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Struggle for Rights," produced in 1973, deals with the history of African Americans in Oklahoma. The Smithsonian Institution may have repurposed all or part of this production from an Oklahoma television station. "Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution" is a videotape of a live teleconference of the same name held on March 16, 1988. "Life and Times of Richard Allen" accompanied an exhibition at the Anacostia Museum in 1990. Richard Allen was the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. "Harlem Renaissance" is a 15 minute film produced in 1986. It accompanied an Anacostia Neighborhood Museum exhibition of the same name. Materials include negatives, soundtracks, source tapes, masters, and related materials on film, videotape, and magnetic tape. Materials also include a videotape of exterior footage of the Anacostia Museum.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing copies are not currently available. Viewing copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African Americans -- Civil rights  Search this
African Americans -- Religion  Search this
African Americans -- History  Search this
Constitutional history  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-084, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-084
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-084

Productions

Topic:
Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring (Video recording : 1985)
Place of Dreams (Motion picture : 1978)
Reunions: Memories of an American Experience (Documentary film : 1979)
To Fly! (Motion picture : 1976)
Uncovering the Earth (Video recording : 1986)
Uncovering the Earth (Video recording : 1992)
Berlin Airlift (Motion picture : 1984)
Air & Space (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1.38 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 film box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
United States -- History
Date:
1976, 1978-1979, 1986, 1992, undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Place of Dreams;" "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring;" "Reunions: Memories of an American Experience;" "To Fly!;" "Uncovering the Earth;" and "Berlin Airlift." "Place of Dreams" features a close-up look at the National Air and Space Museum's unparalleled collection, displays from the museum's exhibit halls, early newsfilm of flight's pioneers, and vintage photographs. It serves as both a history of modern flight's sung and unsung heroes and a celebration of the museum building and its collections. The hour-long television program is hosted by Cliff Robertson and aired on the Public Broadcasting Service on December 13, 1978, the 75th anniversary of manned flight. "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring" is a 7-minute film that most likely accompanied an exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum.

"Reunions: Memories of an American Experience" features General James Harold Doolittle's early air racing experiences and visits with Gustav Tafel, homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturer. Both men represent the creative drive and excellence of the American past. The 1979 production also features Burgess Meredith, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Donald S. Lopez. "To Fly!" is a joint project between the IMAX Corporation and the National Air and Space Museum. It was first released in 1976 and then rereleased for its twentieth anniversary in 1996. "Uncovering the Earth" accompanied the National Air and Space Museum exhibit "Looking at Earth." A 5-minute video was first produced in 1986. In 1992, the film was redone and a 10-minute version replaced the original. "Berlin Airlift" was produced in 1984 and likely accompanied an exhibition. Also in this accession are materials related to the Air & Space Magazine. Materials in this accession include release prints, masters, interviews, and related materials. Also included is a press release for "Place of Dreams."
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Aeronautics -- History  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Flight  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Homeopathy  Search this
Pharmacists  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-080, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-080
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-080

Productions

Topic:
Telling Lives: That Damn Cowboy (Motion picture)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.)
Date:
1983 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials produced by the Office of Telecommunications. The production in this accession is "Telling Lives: That Damn Cowboy." It is the pilot program for a series on the art of biography, shot on location at Theodore Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill, and hosted by National Portrait Gallery Historian, Marc Pachter. This production won a Council on International Nontheatrical Events (CINE) Golden Eagle Award in 1985. The segments that went into the creation of this film include "T. R. Himself," segments from the Library of Congress, as well as original film. Materials include masters, originals, and copies on U-matic and U-matic S videotapes, 16mm films, and 1" and 1/4" magnetic tapes.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-057, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 09-057
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-057

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