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WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.). Television Laboratory

Works: 100 works in 193 publications in 2 languages and 3,400 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Biographical films  Political films  Experimental films  Interviews  Drama  Made-for-TV movies 
Classifications: F319.V4, 364.1524092
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Most widely held works by WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.).
Vernon, Florida( Visual )

6 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with some of the eccentric residents of a small, backwoods town in the Florida panhandle
The Shakers hands to work, hearts to God by Ken Burns( Visual )

6 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historical documentary on an American religious sect which, at its height in 1840, included six thousand believers in 19 communities. Touches first on the Shakers' superficial identity as celibate chairmakers, then pursues their historical and social significance through the use of archival photos, paintings, live shots of landscapes and architecture, and on-camera interviews
The times of Harvey Milk by Robert P Epstein( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary examines the political life of the self-proclaimed "Mayor Of Castro Street," N.Y. stockbroker turned San Francisco activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to public office in California. Milk was elected to a City Supervisor position in the '70s, when a successful gay politician was an anomaly, but Milk made the most of his brief time in power. When Dan White killed Milk and Mayor George Moscone, the loss experienced by Milk's supporters was profound. White robbed the gay-rights movement of a charismatic leader and eloquent voice, but he accidentally gave it something a smart political operative like Milk would surely have appreciated the power and value of: a bona fide martyr
America and Lewis Hine by Nina Rosenblum( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the life of America's pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine, who recorded the waves of immigration around the turn of the century. Using historical photographs and footage, follows the development of industrial America during the first three decades of the 20th century, from the sweatshops of New York's Lower East Side to the mines, mills, and factories across America
Hungry for profit( Visual )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does agribusiness in the Third World benefit developing nations or exploit them? There are two revolutions currently going on: the inability of Third World countries to adequately feed their own populations, while agribusinesses headquartered in the U.S. and Europe exploit land and other resources of developing countries to feed the world's population. This film documents how agribusiness works, who benefits from it and who doesn't, and how agribusiness affects the people and land of the Third World
Hatsu Yume First dream by Bill Viola( Visual )

6 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Japanese consider the first dream (hatsu yume) of the new year, to be especially portentous. Bill Viola is a video artist concerned with the mystical aspects of physics and optical transformations. Here he plays with perspective and time, making connections between the flow of light and the flow of water. He shows us the cycle of a day that begins in light and ends in light illuminating the darkness, a cycle that metaphorically symbolizes the cycle of time and creation. "A spiritual allegory equating light and dark with life and death. It was produced in Japan while Viola was artist-in-residence at the Sony Corporation. There are two interwovern themes: the dark water world of fish and Buddhist rituals invoking the souls of dead ancestors. It is a work of extravagant pictorial beauty, at once ominous, majestic, spiritual and mystical."--Contemporary Arts Media
The police tapes by Alan Raymond( Visual )

4 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stunning combination of on-the-spot observation and perceptive social commentary, this film chronicles the activities of the officers in a police precinct in what statistically was America's highest crime area in 1976-the South Bronx in New York City. The neighborhood was in the process of self-destructing, and was a prime breeding ground for crime as social structures dissolved in crisis. Filmed with available light on a minimum budget, it allows viewers a maximum understanding of the dilemmas affecting police officers and residents alike during a particularly tumultuous period in the nation's recent history
Bill Viola : selected works by Bill Viola( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of video art represents Bill Viola's four most acclaimed videotapes. Each is structured around a solitary movement, moment or phenomenon through which Viola explores the nature of video, the categories of perception, the cognitive and spiritual inner life of the witness
Making television dance by Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation( Visual )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the relationship between the complex technology of television and the realm of dance. Highlights a new work entitled Country dances, featuring Twyla Tharp, Tom Rawe, Jennifer Way, Shelley Washington, and Christine Uchida. In this work, which was choreographed especially for television, the camera is treated as a collaborative partner rather than as a simple observer. Also shows Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov rehearsing a work entitled Once more Frank
Martha Clarke light & dark : a dancer's journal by Joyce Chopra( Visual )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the process of producing art through dance by portraying artist Martha Clarke as she creates an evening of original theatrical dance
Becoming American( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows a Southeast Asian Hmong family during a nine-month period as they travel from a refugee camp in Thailand to Seattle. Records their months of intense culture shock, prejudice, and gradual adaptation to their new American home
Global groove by Nam June Paik( Visual )

7 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paik's classic psychedelic collage of off-air images mixed with excerpts of Paik's tapes and films and tapes by friends Jud Yalkut and Robert Breer. The theme is music as a non-verbal communication medium. No doubt influenced by McLuhan's concept of a Global Village, it expresses Paik's idealistic vision that technology could knit together a diverse world
No maps on my taps by George T Nierenberg( Visual )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran jazz tap dancing stars, including Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Sandman Sims, reminisce about their art and careers in documenting another disappearing art cultured in Black America. Includes scenes of street corner challenge dancing and stills from the 1930's of legendary figures from tap dancing's heyday
Pesticides and pills for export only( Visual )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the fact that large chemical and pharmaceutical companies sell to underdeveloped countries pesticides and pills banned from use in the United States and Europe
The lathe of heaven( Visual )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Portland, Oregon, in the near future, The Lathe of Heaven stars Bruce Davison as George Orr, who has a dream problem. His dreams not only come true, but they change reality back to the Stone Age
For export only pesticides( Visual )

3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with pesticides produced but banned or severely restricted in western nations, which are sold to Third World countries. Discusses the often deadly side-effects on both humans and the ecology. Uses manufactures of Mobil, Shell, Dow, and other American, French, West German, and British companies as examples
The last Pullman car( Visual )

3 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the closing of the Pullman-Standard Passenger Car Works in Chicago, the last factory in America to manufacture subway and railroad passenger cars, and the long fight by the United Steel Workers Local 1834 of Chicago to try to prevent that closing. Incidental to that struggle the film surveys the history of industrial unionization in America, particularly the history of the United Steelworkers of America. Also covered are the rise of multi-national conglomerates and the phenomena of corporate take overs and mergers
Dancing with the camera( Visual )

in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This documentary, made in 1982 and written by Sally Banes and Noel Carroll, explores the roots of Cinedance by looking at works from a variety of trailblazers...Starting by defining dance for the camera, [the film] expands to show the relationship between choreographic processes in dance and editing processes in film." --
The early years, 1600-1930( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at Harlem's early days, first as a native American fishing village, then as a Dutch farming community and an English colony. Traces the community's growth as a wealthy New York City suburb and finally as a burgeoning black neighborhood. Uses rare film footage, still photographs, and interviews to discuss the 369th Infantry's return home after World War I, the nationalist Marcus Garvey movement, and the Harlem renaissance of the 1920's
The Depression years, 1930-1940( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores Harlem's ethnic heritages, looking at the area's development against the background of the Depression. Uses rare film footage, still photographs, and interviews to examine the effect of the Work Progress Administration movement, the numbers' game ritual, and the heroic reputation of such figures as boxer Joe Louis
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The Shakers hands to work, hearts to God
America and Lewis Hine