New Television Workshop Collection

New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsRockefeller Artists-in-Television



America, Inc.

Copyright Date:
1970

Copyright Holder:
National Educational Television and Radio Center

Artists:
Silver, David
Shepherd, Jean
ZONE
Barron, Harris
Barron, Ros
Finnerman, Alan

Extent:
2 videocassettes of 2 (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (Betacam SP) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (VHS) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
This appears to have been broadcast as part of NET's "Playhouse." It was created when David Silver, Jean Shepherd, and the ZONE collective were Rockefeller Artists-in-Television.

Scope:
Includes two reels on of 3/4" and Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies.

In this drama, David Silver, the host of a fairly successful public television talk show travels around America searching for something intangible, leaving his wife and their infant child behind. Disillusioned with his life in television he tries to talk things over with director Fred Barzyk who is in the middle of a studio shoot involving singing and dancing children and teenagers. He travels to New York with a friend, and the two take to the streets, dispensing a pile of free used books and eventually finding themselves at a Hare Krishna gathering and Ellis Island. Eventually, Silver journeys to Washington to be part of a giant anti-war demonstration attended by the likes of Pete Seeger and Abbie Hoffman. He returns home to his wife, and the two journey to the beach in winter, where a giant billboard of some sort is being dismantled. He inscribes a piece of it with the words "Silver was here." This fairly straightforward story is interrupted by tongue-in-cheek advertisements for something called "America, Inc." and narration by Jean Shepherd.



Directors:
Barzyk, Fred
Estus, Boyd (Director of Photography)

Producers:
Barzyk, Fred
Loxton, David
Tappan, Olivia (Associate Producer)
Venza, Jac (Executive Producer)

Coproducers:
National Educational Television (NET)
WGBH, Boston

Editors:
Bartlett, Dick
Hill, John

Funder:
Rockefeller Foundation

Performers:
Silver, David
Jordan, Edward
Silver, Karen
Robinson, Vickie Sue
O'Neil, Michael
Shepherd, Jean

Subjects:
Travel
Popular culture -- United States


Genre:
Dramas





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