Nothing but a breakthrough

first_imgIn the summer of 1963, two Harvard graduates teamed up to shoot a landmark independent feature film about the Jim Crow South. “Nothing But a Man,” released in 1964, was among the first American movies to cast black actors as the leads in a vehicle intended for a general U.S. audience.The 92-minute film made its creators, director Michael Roemer ’49 and cinematographer Robert M. Young ’49, cinematic pioneers. Until that time, black actors either had been relegated to secondary roles in mainstream movies or had appeared in what were called race films, features that were shot between 1915 and 1950 and were marketed to black-only audiences.With the film’s 50th anniversary approaching and its Harvard provenance, the movie was a natural to lead off the 2013 season at the Harvard Film Archive, said programmer David Pendleton. But the immediate impetus, he said, was the recent release of a restored 35 mm print by the Library of Congress. (Screenings run from Jan. 11 to 20.)“Nothing But a Man” also stands out as a truly independent film. It was written, produced, and shot outside during an era when Hollywood’s studio system kept a grip on nearly everything made for the screen. The movie about a rough-edged rail worker who falls in love with a preacher’s daughter broke some artistic boundaries, too. It was shot in black and white in a naturalistic, documentary style that was part newsreel, part film noir, and part ethnography. (Right out of college, Roemer apprenticed with Louis de Rochemont, creator of the iconic “March of Time” movie newsreels.) The Roemer-Young film featured settings of black life and its difficulties. The film’s visual style is like an animation of a Walker Evans photo album.Michael Roemer (left) and Class of 1949 friend Robert M. Young — future filmmaking partners during the 1960s — as they appeared as seniors in the 1949 Harvard Album.“Nothing But a Man” was also the first film to feature a Motown score. Attorney George Schiffer ’53, a friend of Roemer, was general counsel for Motown Records from 1959 to 1975. He handed the young director a stack of 45s one day, and the resultant soundtrack included Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, and Martha and the Vandellas.The film is also memorable for its cast, most of whom were neophyte black actors just beginning a rise to stardom. Julius W. Harris, a male nurse and onetime bouncer, had never acted before, but went on to make more than 70 films. The movie also featured a very young Yaphet Kotto in only his second film.The man who played the laconic and tough rail worker, summing up black male frustrations of the era, was Ivan Dixon, best remembered today for his later role in television’s long-running “Hogan’s Heroes.” His co-star who played the steady and loving schoolteacher was Abbey Lincoln, whose only previous film appearance had been as herself in “The Girl Can’t Help It.” Lincoln went on to a long career as an actress and jazz singer, and was often compared to Billie Holiday.“Nothing But a Man” won a pair of prizes at the 1964 Venice Film Festival, and drew raves at the New York Film Festival. But critical acclaim was not followed by box office success. After it tanked in American theaters, the movie found a quiet second life as a 16 mm offering screened in black churches, community centers, and classrooms.When it was re-released in 1993, the film finally turned a profit. Its artistic acclaim also held steady. By the following year it had been listed in the National Film Registry.Inspired by a 1933 play, and crafted into a screenplay by Roemer and Young, the movie was made on a budget of $250,000. (Everyone — cast and crew alike — made $100 a week during filming.) It was shot on location in Atlantic City and in Cape May, N.J., because filming in Alabama, the purported setting, would have endangered those involved. To be able to evoke the mood and settings, Roemer and Young spent three months in 1962 on a research trip to the segregated South. Young later described the journey from one black safe house to another as the Underground Railroad in reverse.“Nothing But a Man” came out when turmoil and violence peaked over issues of race and citizenship. Young was most fervent about the civil rights message in the film, which includes stomach-churning scenes of injustice meted out on the Alabama color line. But Roemer, a son of a German Jews, was more interested in how poverty and social stresses can unravel a marriage, parenthood, and even character. Roemer’s well-off Berlin family had lost everything when the Nazis swept into power, stripping Jews of their rights, safety, money, and job prospects. He later said he identified with the movie’s rail worker, whose righteous sensibilities bounced him from job to job.“If you’re unemployed, you don’t feel like you’re a man; at least my generation didn’t,” Roemer told the New York Times in 2004, when a 40th anniversary DVD was released. “That’s not black; that’s all of us.”But the film is also Roemer’s homage to the redemptive powers of marriage and fatherhood. In the last scene, the rail worker returns home, embraces the schoolteacher, and says, “Baby, I feel so free inside.”At age 11, in 1939, Roemer was sent to England, one of 10,000 European Jewish children rescued in the Kindertransport. He studied at the Bunce Court School in Kent, a school for dispossessed children. Many of those children eventually turned to careers in the arts.During Roemer’s Harvard College years, Lamont Library was built, weekly board went up to $11.50, Latin was eliminated as a requirement for the A.B., Cambridge got its first parking meters, and the Chicago Tribune dubbed Harvard “a hotbed of communism.”He became an English concentrator, joined a Zionist group, did dean’s list work, and lived at Kirkland House. But the young German’s real legacy at Harvard involved directing a pioneer film, “A Touch of the Times,” which may be the first feature film produced at an American college.In this picture from the 1949 Harvard Album, an Ivy Films cast and crew shoot a scene from “A Touch of the Times,” a feature directed by Michael Roemer ’49 (far right).Made for Ivy Films, a new club, this 16 mm fantasy comedy, which premiered in the fall of 1949, was about factory workers who gave up labor to fly kites. It took two years to make, more than 300 hours to shoot, and cost $2,300. Cast members kept graduating or getting placed on probation, Roemer said later, so the lead actor had to be replaced five times.In 1966, Roemer started teaching film at Yale, which he still does today at age 85. Young, who is 88, is still involved in cinema as a screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and producer on the West Coast. Among the leading actors in “Nothing But a Man,” however, only Kotto is still alive.last_img read more

Three receive Gates Cambridge Scholarship

first_imgThirty-five of the most academically brilliant and socially committed young people in the United States have been selected for one of the top international scholarships in the world — the Gates Cambridge Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. Three Harvard undergraduates are among the cohort: Caitlin Andrews, who will pursue a Ph.D. in zoology; Paul Meosky, who will pursue an M.Phil in English studies; and Kamal Obbad, who will pursue an M.Phil in advanced computer science.The prestigious postgraduate scholarship program was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The successful 35 U.S. candidates, 22 of whom will study for one-year master’s degree courses and 13 of whom will pursue Ph.D. degrees, were selected from an initial field of 826 applicants.last_img read more

Credit unions: This is our time

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details We can grow our membership, help consumers by differentiating our integrityI suggest that credit unions have an edge. We have worked for decades in relative obscurity, which should work in our favor—emerging as shiny new and clean financial institutions that care about our customers and do everything they can do create excellent customers experiences.How can this help us? Let me explain.Despite the new regulations to protect consumers that followed the 2008 economic debacle, we continue to hear reports about another big bank or lender being fined, agreeing to a settlement and then returning to business as usual.That’s worrisome—or should be—for the consumer who is ultimately footing the bill. If you’re like me, you follow the reports of the settlements, shake your head and ask yourself, “Why do the Big Guys continue to draw the business?”The obvious answer is that consumers aren’t paying attention: “It’s too much work to switch to another financial institution,” they lament. “And how do I know my new PFI isn’t cut from the same cloth?”One very big reason for this line of reasoning is that as credit unions, we haven’t done enough to differentiate ourselves. It’s apparent with annual first-mortgage market share climbing from 2.61% in 2007 to 8.40% in 2014 that credit unions are making inroads. But are we paying attention to the real reasons?Even with the increased market share, CUs have not continued to pound on the integrity theme that proved so successful in the publicity built around Bank Transfer Day.Surveys continue to show that honesty and integrity from their financial institution resonates well for each generation we serve—from Boomers to Millennials.So, yes, differentiation in a market with similar rates and terms can win battles and bring more members. More important, it can benefit those members over the long haul with any number of financial challenges requiring assistance—honest assistance—and care for their overall financial well-being.That’s something that the Big Guys have long since put aside to gain more profits.The time is now. Make it part of your interaction with members, your marketing efforts, your mission statement and value proposition: Integrity and honesty helps solve financial challenges. Credit unions solve problems, not create them. The same can’t be said of many big banks and lenders. It’s a message consumers understand.last_img read more

Is this giant alligator on a Florida golf course real?

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Jombang woman sells goat to pay for children’s online learning

first_imgIn an incident that highlights how the pandemic has heightened economic disparities, a woman in Jombang, East Java, has resorted to selling her goat in order to buy a mobile phone for her children’s online learning.Karlik, a 41-year-old housewife from Marmoyo village in Kabuh district, bought the phone for Rp 1.5 million (US$102.73). “All lessons have been held online ever since the coronavirus [outbreak]. I had to sell the goat and use my children’s savings to buy a cellphone,” Karlik said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.Karlik’s children also have to go to a neighbor’s house to be able to participate in online learning, since her house does not have internet coverage.Karlik said that she and her husband previously never considered buying a cellphone since internet reception was limited in her village.Read also: Teachers, activists decry educational disparities exacerbated by outbreak “We hope that schools will reopen soon. Studying online is very difficult here since there is no internet coverage,” she said. Marmoyo village secretary Sumandi said that online learning was not efficient for students in his village due to the poor internet.Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, only a few villagers possessed mobile phones, he said.A 2019 report issued by global mobile communications organization GSMA demonstrated there was a wide digital gap between people living in urban and rural areas. About 45 percent of Indonesians live in rural areas. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Most vulnerable toddlers not getting available help – study

first_img3News 24 July 2015Questions have been raised whether country’s support services are effectively targeting those most in need following the release of new research today.The Growing up in New Zealand study says only one in five families whose children could become vulnerable access social support in the child’s first 1000 days of life.University of Auckland associate professor Susan Morton says experiencing “persistent exposure to adversity” in early life has a negative impact on children’s health and behaviour.“It is a real concern to see that the majority of families who are potentially most in need of support during their children’s early years are not connected to social service providers,” she says.The study is following almost 7000 children from before birth until adulthood, and utilises a set of 12 “risk factors”, including:Maternal depressionPoor maternal physical wellbeingMother smoking regularly/daily during and after pregnancyTeenage pregnancyMother with no current partnerMother with no formal secondary school qualificationsReporting highly stressful money problemsLiving in a low socio-economic areaMother actively seeking work but not currently workingLiving in public rental accommodationBeing in receipt of an income-tested Government benefitHaving two or more persons on average per bedroom.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/most-vulnerable-toddlers-not-getting-available-help–study-2015072410#axzz3gx9a6FZjlast_img read more

Eagles Participate at 4-Way Track Meet At Trinity Lutheran

first_imgJCD Varsity Track traveled to Trinity Lutheran High in Seymour for a 4 way with Oldenburg and South Decatur.Men – OA 64, JCD 56, SD 54, and TL 36Ladies OA 76, JCD 64, TL 59, and SD 21JCD Highlights: High Hurdles. 3rd – Christian Comer; 100D. 2nd – Adrian Peetz; 1600R.  2nd Damion Hughes, 5th Nathan Laswell, 2nd Elyse Hunger; 400D. 3rd Autumn Hammond 3rd; 800 R. 5th Jarrod Weston, 2nd Elyse Hunger; 200D.  1st Adrian Peetz, 3rd Garrett Boor, 4th Tanner Dilk, 4th Lauryn Dilk, 5th Shaylee Volz; 3200. 1st Damion Hughes, 3rd Nathan Laswell, 1st Elyse Hunger, 2nd Autumn Hammond; Disc. 3rd Luke Comer, 1st Shaylee Volz, 3rd Elizabeth Newhart; Shot. 2nd Shaylee Volz, 3rd Elizabeth Newhart, 4th Kelsey Sebastian; Long. 2nd Garrett Boor, 3rd Christian Comer,4th Adrian Peetz, 3rd Lauryn Dilk; High 1st Garrett Boor, 2nd Christian Comer, 4th Blake Simon, 2nd Dillan Hughes, 5th Taylor Wilhoit; 4×800. 3rd , 3rd; 4×100. 2nd, 3rd; 4×400. 3rd, 3rd.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

New Barcelona signing names Xavi, Sergio Busquets as role-models

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Matheus Fernandes has been speaking in his native Brazil about his future at the club, and he’s hitting all the right notes.Advertisement Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19He will have his work cut out finding space in that position in a Barcelona team that is already well stocked there. He admits in the same interview that returning to Valladolid, where he’s been on loan, may be necessary.Long term, it may well be one of his idols he’s replacing. Sergio Busquets has slowed down dramatically in recent seasons, and is surely just a year or two away from being moved on, despite his immense historical importance to the team.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The midfielder was asked about his idols in the game, the players whose style he most looked towards, and he named two touchstones of the Catalan club in a way that will earn him plenty of credit with the fans: “I like Sergio Busquets’ way of playing a lot and I always noticed him, Xavi too. I’m going to try to do my best to be able to get closer to the level of these great players, knowing that I still have a lot to learn,” Fernandes said in quotes picked up by Goal.comcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistiblelast_img read more

Lille agree to slash Osimhen’s price tag

first_imgLille president Gerard Lopez is ready to drop his price tag for Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen. Loading… Osimhen is a subject of interest from a number of top European sides following an impressive debut campaign in the French Ligue 1.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Astonishing Wonders Hidden Deep In SeaThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie Williams7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuecenter_img Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponementHowever, Le 10 Sport says Lopez, recognising he must cash in to keep the club running, is ready to accept a more realistic fee for the striker.It is claimed that Lille could now sell the striker as low as €55m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 21-year-old netted  18 goals and recorded six assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for Lille. According to reports, Lopez previously placed a price tag  of €80-90m on Osimhen.last_img read more

Lauren Hill Memorial Park ready for your donations

first_imgGreendale, IN—Friends of Lauren Hill, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring Lauren Hill, her dogs, and her “never give up” philosophy, are working on bringing her legacy with an effort to make the Lauren Hill Memorial Park come to life. The park will benefit all area dog owners, bike enthusiasts, and citizens.During the beginning phase, the goal is to raise $125,000 to get the park up and running. They are actively seeking donations to get this started. The city of Greendale has granted a 15-year lease agreement on the land across from the 11th Fairway on Hidden Valley Golf Club, to cultivate it into an interactive destination with a Dog Park, Mountain Bike Trails and more. The park will feature open green space with a 2/3 acre area for small dogs, 1/3 acre area for large dogs, and a 3-mile mountain bike trail. In the future, with additional fundraising, they envision expanding the park to include basketballs courts and other recreational oriented amenities such as disc golf.last_img read more