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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper I


Orignal record date: 10/14/1969. Three segments: 10:02, 7:39, 10:14. Produced and directed by Fred Barzyk.

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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Rear Bumper I
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Series Description

The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970. It was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television." While some of the Rockefeller artists, such as Nam June Paik, were already very committed to the medium of video, others were coming to the medium for the first time or from a film background. Paik developed the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, with Shuya Abe, while working as a Rockefeller artist (though additional funding for the synthesizer's construction was provided by WGBH). The device was used to generate special effects and color enhancements. Artists supported by this program included: Mary Feldhaus-Weber, Marie Cosindas, Lee Lockwood, Stan Vanderbeek, David Wheeler, Nam June Paik, Zone, Newton Wayland, Shoshana Dubiner, Theo Wolfe, Dick Bartlett, Tim Mayer, The Propositions, Tim Hunter, David Silver, and Jean Shepherd. Many of these artists worked collaboratively to create one or more works. Series release date: 1967

Program Description

Segment I: Jean Shepherd Boston Harbor Cruise: Jean Shepherd; Ron Della Chiesa; Fred Barzyk. Jean Shepherd talks about his new venture into Boston television. Segment ends with a separate short piece in which Jean Shepherd narrates b/w footage of the inside of Harvard football stadium, alluding to an imaginary parade. Segment II: "Memories" With Jean Shepherd and Ed Miller; Ron Della Chiesa . Jean Shepherd on Boston Harbor cruise. Shepherd discusses fishing in Ohio and his theory of "going native"; recalls satirical radio commercials he used to perform on radio. Segment III: Jean Shepherd on Boston Harbor cruise. Brief footage of Shepherd on cruise, cuts to footage from program, “Jean Shepherd: An American Humorist Looks At America” in which Shepherd recalls his childhood on the south side of Chicago. 1969.



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Film and Television
Chicago: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper I,” 10/14/1969, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4EED7195FC24E96A22FF0177B4D7531.
MLA: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper I.” 10/14/1969. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C4EED7195FC24E96A22FF0177B4D7531>.
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