Shot on Videotape: Social Issue Dramas Preserved by UCLA

Sunday, February 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

See below for additional information.


Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime.


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present:

Canción de la Raza (Song of the People): Show #1 (KCET, 10/14/1968) This public service telenovella presented a stark look at life in East Los Angeles via the dramatization of the daily challenges facing a fictional Mexican American family. This debut episode concerns the Chicanx student walkouts (“blowouts”) of 1968, including incidents of police brutality (depicted via actual footage of the L.A.P.D.). Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2-inch videotape. Use courtesy of KCETLink. Digital video, b/w, 30 min. Director: Lamar Caselli. Screenwriter: Richard Duran, Abel Franco. Cast: Priscilla-Ann, Tina Menard, Richard Yniguez, Robert De Anda.

ABC Theatre: “If You Give a Dance You Gotta Pay the Band” (ABC, 12/19/1972) Airing on primetime network television near the height of the blaxploitation motion picture craze, this critically-acclaimed videotaped drama presents an alternative, realistic inner city tale examining the harrowing consequences of poverty and racism as told through the eyes of children. Starring Donna Bryan and future superstar, Laurence Fishburne. Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2-inch videotape. Use courtesy of Parmandisam, LLC. Digital video, color, 75 min. Director: Fred Coe. Screenwriter: Stanley L. Gray. Cast: Donna Bryan, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall.

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