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Nuclear Newsreel was one of the first independently produced, satellite distributed, documentaries. In many ways it was a precursor of the indy media center movement that grew out of the anti-globalization protests in Seattle in 1999. In 1983, without computers or the web Alison Brysk and I created a network of reports on an International Day of Protest against Nuclear Weapons. This was part of the Nuclear Freeze movement at the time --- an effort to halt the production, testing and deployment of nuclear weapons. On June 26, 1983 coordinated protest were held around the world. We air freighted ĺĒ video footage from Japan, Holland, Germany, New Mexico, Vermont, California, Conneticutt etc. to the studios of the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. We took over the entire facility and teams of volunteer editors worked through the night on linear editing systems to cut segments for our half hour production. We were greatly assisted by the Kim Spencer (Now President of Link TV) whose experience and expertise proved invaluable. The field footage was integrated with previously shot interviews of experts including Daniel Ellsberg. Steve Mostís research and script provided the guide. Bernard Mayes was the anchor. The completed program was uplinked 72 hours after the protests, and aired on public television stations throughout the United States.
What Activists Can Learn from the Nuclear Freeze Movement
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Arms Control Association
British American Security Information Council
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute
Center for Defense Information
Council for a Livable World
For Mother Earth International
Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE)
Global Security Institute
Hiroshima Peace Museum
International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA)
International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP)
International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
Japan Council Against A Bombs (Gensuikyo)
Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Moving Beyond Missile Defense
Nagasaki Peace Museum
Nuclear Control Institute
Nuclear Free Local Authorities
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Above the photograph is a list of links. Click on "Resources & Guides"
You will then get a list of four links all starting with the word "Resources". Click on the first one in the list "resources and finding aids available at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection"
This link will take you to a page titles "SCPC Resources & Finding Aids Available" with a table of 9 different items.
On the left side of the box, the second link goes to the Audio Visual collection database. Click on that link and it will take you to the database of all AV items in the Peace Collection. Once in the database one can click on "search" (on left hand side) choose the title field and type in "nuclear newsreel", then click on "start search" Clicking on "Form view" will make it easier to read the results. There are two records in the databse, one for the final videorecording and a second one for the out takes.
Wendy E. Chmielewski, PhD.
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081 U.S.A.
Phone: (610) 328-8557
Fax: (610) 690-5728
UCLA Film and Televison Archive
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