Archive for February, 2015

FTV 459: Angela Davis – A Lifetime of Revolution

Posted in Update on February 27th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we present a conversation between Professor Angela Davis and the University of Southern California’s Dr. Michele Turner at an event entitled Angela Davis: A Lifetime of Revolution.

On Monday February 23rd, 2015, the University of Southern California’s Black Student Assembly and Speakers Committee, together with a litany of USC group cosponsors, hosted American political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis. A full house of 1500 students and educators gathered in USC’s Bovard Auditorium to listen to Professor Davis trace her experiences growing up in Alabama and her quest to find freedom outside the South. Dr. Michele Turner guides the conversation to address many of the important moments in Davis’s life including her childhood, her early days teaching at UCLA, her arrest in the early 1970’s, the Free Angela Davis Campaign, and her current work illuminating root causes of the Prison Industrial Complex – which Davis argues disproportionately incarcerates men and women of color. Before we hear this conversation, though, we’ll listen to a montage of recordings broadcast on Pacifica Radio of Angela Davis, spanning from 1969 to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 458 Filmmakers Sir David Lean, CBE and Richard Bolt at the San Francisco Film Festival, 1970

Posted in Update on February 20th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the art of cinema with a trip back to 1970 for a visit with one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, Sir David Lean, CBE.

Lean, born March 25, 1908 in Croydon, England, began his formal life in film as an editor on the 1934 picture Freedom of the Seas. After editing nearly thirty films, he found a new calling as a director in a series of collaborations with author Noel Coward: In Which We Serve (1942), This Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945), and Brief Encounter (1945). Following those he ventured into the classic British narratives of Charles Dickens with Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948) – both efforts remain universally considered the definitive film versions these classic works. The 1955 film Summertime, starring Katharine Hepburn on location in Venice, Italy – and shot in full Technicolor – led to a string of his most well-known and award-winning films: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan’s Daughter (1970), and A Passage to India (1984).

On October 28, 1970, the San Francisco Film Festival welcomed Lean for the first West Coast screening of his newly restored Oliver Twist (originally released in 1949). Lean is joined on stage in front of a live audience by collaborating screenwriter Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter) and moderator Albert Johnson for a conversation on the art of making films and the goals of the San Francisco Film Festival.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 457 The Collected Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer

Posted in Update on February 13th, 2015

Continuing our celebration of Black History Month, this week on From the Vault we listen to the speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer, the iconic civil rights activist and leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, in a collection mixed by Terabu Betsuri in 1989 celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pacifica Radio. Included are excerpts from a 1965 interview by Colin Edwards in Berkeley, the documentary “The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a speech at the Vietnam Moratorium rally at U.C. Berkeley, and a selection from “Profiles of Movement Activists II : Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.” But before we hear Ms. Hamer in her own words, we first highlight how these preserved recordings are finding new life and utility, in an interview with documentary filmmaker Robin N. Hamilton.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 456 James Baldwin, 1963 and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Part 1)

Posted in Update on February 6th, 2015

This week on From the Vault we celebrate Black History month by presenting the first part of a celebrity reading of Ralph Ellison’s landmark novel, Invisible Man; the selection is taken from a 48-part reading of the book produced in 1995 by Roy Hurst and Gloria Mushonga-Roberts. This reading breathes new life into the first and only novel published during the life of Ellison, not only blending celebrity readers such as Lawrence Fishburne, Alfree Woodard, Roscoe Lee Browne, Levar Burton, and Wynton Marsallis, but also utilizing the voice of the average invisible man.

But first, we’ll play a seldom-heard recording of James Baldwin, restored along with other Black History recordings as part of the American Archive Pilot Project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It was recorded at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1963.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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