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Kitchen Sync
Kitchen Sync 109
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Series Description

Description from press release C. 9/1973: “Kitchen Sync is a collection of new films by independent New England filmmakers. Over 200 films were received and screened before choosing the twenty-four which make up this series of 13 one-half hour shows.

One of the primary motivations for doing this series was the recognition that the new, experimenting filmmaker has very little opportunity of exposure for his work. This is also the reason why we chose to concentrate on the work of filmmakers living in the New England are for this local series.

The films ‘collected’ for this series represent a great variety of style and subject: they include animation, documentary and dramatic narrative films. The filmmakers range in age from fourteen years (two students from Philips Academy at Andover who made the slapstick film, Stars And Stripes Forever) to mature individuals like Joan and Frank Gardner of New Haven, Connecticut who made The Fisherman’s Wife - - Joan is a painter and Frank a psycho-biologist.

Follwoing the presentation of many of the films are interviews with the filmmakers which, as a group, strikingly reveal the diversity of background and interest of these people. “ - Joan Sullivan, Producer, Kitchen Sync, C. 9/1973. Series release date: 1973

Program Description

Spider; 6 1/2 minutes; Color. No Mean Tracks; 17 1/2 minutes; Black and White. Troop Train; 3 minutes; Color.

Spider, by filmmaker Gary Anderson of Durham, NH. “Spider was once a amateur lightweight boxer; now he applies his lightning speed movements to his job as a short-order cook. The film is a delightful portrait in the hubbub ambiance of a New Hampshire diner, where this impressive little man turns out more hamburgers in half an hour than an entire crew at McDonald’s ‘If I didn’t do this, I’d have to work,’ laughs Spider.”

No Mean Tracks, by filmmaker John Hill. “No Mean Tracks is a docudrama about a middle-aged woman living alone in the city. The film presents an artfully selected flow of images from this lady’s personal environment, her friends and her activities. As these images accumulate, it focuses a sympathetic comprehension for this common sociological situation of living alone that is peculiar to our modern society.”

Troop Train, by filmmaker Doug Saunders. Troop Train is a ‘Poetry on Film’ selection from the Visual Learning Corporation in Cambridge, MA. The film is a “visualization” of the Karl Shapiro poem ‘Troop Train” utilizing ‘highly selected footage of Vietnam’.”



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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Wilson, Joan (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Kitchen Sync; Kitchen Sync 109,” 09/06/1973, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 21, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E909F20219E4976B846D6DF7AF0CBFE.
MLA: “Kitchen Sync; Kitchen Sync 109.” 09/06/1973. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 21, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E909F20219E4976B846D6DF7AF0CBFE>.
APA: Kitchen Sync; Kitchen Sync 109. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5E909F20219E4976B846D6DF7AF0CBFE
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