Independent Short Films - Film Block 4
The Invalid Corps
In July 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal Early launched a surprise raid that took him to the very gates of Washington, D.C. The city was in a panic. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union had already been sent south for the siege of Petersburg, more than 100 miles away. The only defenders remaining were clerks, government officials, and the Invalid Corps. Made up of men injured in battle or by disease, these hopeless cripples needed to hold out for a desperate 24 hours until Union Gen. Grant could send reinforcements. With Lincoln himself on the ramparts, they could not afford to fail.
The most bizarre moment of Richard Nixons presidency happened on May 8, 1970. Days after the Ohio National Guard killed four college students at Kent State University and less than two weeks after the invasion of Cambodia began the president took an impromptu, late-night walk to the Lincoln Memorial with Manolo Sanchez, a White House valet. Nixon stumbled across dozens of student protesters at the site, with whom he engaged in a bizarre, rambling debate. This documentary is largely based on the never-before-published photos of a protester, Bob Moustaskas, and memos recorded by Nixon later that day.
The Original October Surprise
Every election year, political operatives wait with bated breath and journalists with a touch of morbid fascination for the so-called October Surprise, a scandal that, whether by design or chance, threatens to destroy a presidential candidate with just weeks to go until Election Day. The October Surprise itself is not new and it has a remarkable provenance. The concept goes back to 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson, then engaged in a tough re-election campaign against Barry Goldwater, had to suddenly deal with his closest aide being swept up in a sex scandal.
The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed
The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed is a documentary short about one of the funniest calls ever made from the Oval Office. In July of 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was pregnant. While the president and his wife vacationed in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the Air Force prepared a hospital room at nearby Otis Air Force base for the use of the first lady, if the need arose. Somehow, the story leaked out that the Air Force completely refurbished the room, using more than $5,000 (nearly $40,000 in 2014 money) for improvements. This figure was printed in the Washington Post on July 25, 1963. The President blew a gasket when he saw the story, picked up the phone and immediately dialed an Air Force general at the Pentagon. The resulting conversation was captured for posterity by the White House telephone taping system.
Presidential Foresight: Theodore Roosevelt and the National Parks
Theodore Roosevelts concern for conservation led him to use his authority as president to create the United States Forest Service and sign the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect wildlife and public lands. His enthusiasm and foresight to preserve millions of acres for millions of visitors inspired the filmmaker to showcase some of the national parks existing today.
The Robert F. Kennedy Train The Peoples View
This film presents a reflection on the Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train that rode from NYC to Washington, D.C. on June 8, 1968. This film is entirely based on memories, snapshots, home movies and sound, recorded by bystanders standing along the tracks that day. On board the train was photographer Paul Fusco, who during the journey photographed the many bewildered mourners paying their final respects. A cross-section of American society black and white, city-dwellers and country folk all stared at the slowly passing train, which itself stayed mostly outside Fuscos lens.
Strand Concert Theater and Recording Studio (View)
220 S Front St
Fremont, OH 43420
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