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Film - From the Vaults: "The River" and "The Columbia"

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the New Deal, and in partnership with the 2013 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary film presents two films from the motion picture holdings of the National Archives. The River is Pare Lorentz’ monumental documentary about the exploitation and misuse of one of our greatest natural resources - the Mississippi River (1937; 32 mins.). In 1941, the BPA invited folksinger Woody Guthrie to Portland, OR, to record songs for their promotional film, The Columbia. The result was some of Guthrie’s most famous compositions including Roll On Columbia, Pastures of Plenty, and Grand Coulee Dam (released in 1949; 30 mins).

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: National Archives

Categories: History, Free, Film

Event Venue

The National Archives Building

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
  • Friday, March 22, 2013

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