Political Film Newsletter #17

HOLLYWOOD CORRECTS THE RECORD
During the era of blacklisting in the 1950s and 1960s, many screenwriters were forced to ghostwrite scripts. Thanks to recent research by the Writers Guild of America, revised credits are now being issued to recognize Michael Wilson for his screenplay of the classic Friendly Persuasion (1956), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and (with Robert Bolt) Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

CONFERENCE GROUP ON POLITICS & FILM SPONSORS PANELS
The Conference Group on Politics and Film has organized several panels at the annual convention of the American Political Science Association, to be held at Washington, DC.:
August 28:
o The documentary Taking on the Kennedys, will be presented by its filmmaker, Joshua Seftel.
o Following Seftel’s presentation and discussion, there will be a dutch-treat dinner.
August 29:
o panel: “Washington on Film”
o Business Meeting August 30:
o panel: “Teaching the Discipline: Film as Methodology.”

ONE NOMINEE FOR 1997 PFS AWARD
Only one film has been nominated for an award for 1997. Rosewood is nominated for the category of Human Rights. As is customary, films with political themes tend to peak during election years and ebb during odd-numbered years.

PFS MEMBERS CAN NOMINATE BEST FILMS FOR 1997
Categories for awards are as follows:
o democracy
o exposé
o human rights
o peace.
Send your nominations to the above address. In addition, an award is given each year to the best political film in the Hawai`i International Film Festival, which is held in mid-November. The festival features films from Pacific Rim countries, including Russia and the USA.

PFS PUBLISHES WORKING PAPERS
Working Papers are available for purchase:
#1 Genovese, “Art & Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool”
#2 Morlan, “Pre-World War II Propaganda: Film as Controversy”
#3 Giglio, “From Riefenstahl to the Three Stooges: Defining the Political Film”
#4 Williams, “The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins”
#5 Savage, “Popular Film & Popular Communication”
#6 Aoki, “’Chan Is Missing’: Liberalism and the Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture”
#7 Allen, “Using Film and Television in the Classroom to Explore the Nexus of Sexual and Political Violence.”

PFS PUBLISHES NEW SYLLABUS
David Whiteman and Alfred Nordmann have made their course syllabus on politics & film available as the fifth in The Politics & Film Syllabus Series.
The following are also available:
#1 John Williams
#2 Ernest Giglio
#3 Henry S. Kariel
#4 Michael Haas.
To obtain copies of publications in either series, send a $1 donation per item requested, with a check payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation,” to the Political Film Society.

POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY INVITES NEW MEMBERS
In its eleventh year of operation, the Political Film Society is the only organization that recognizes outstanding achievement in raising the political consciousness of the filmviewing public while working toward greater educational understanding of the role of film in politics. Initial membership is $5, payable to the “University of Hawai`i Foundation” and sent to the Political Film Society. Continuing members pay $5 yearly for hard copies of newsletters, whereas email and fax copies are free. The Society’s email address is as follows: PolFilmS@aol.com