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Ellis Island (a work in progress)

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Summary
"Ellis Island (a work in progress)" is a haunting, reflective piece on Ellis Island and the immigrants who passed through there. Black-and-white, near-static shots of actors and actresses realistically portraying turn-of-the-century immigrants are combined with color shots of a modern-day tour guide conducting a tour of the buildings. Re-creations of the medical examinations the immigrants underwent and the conditions they lived through are filmed in the run-down buildings of Ellis Island before restoration was started.

"Ellis Island" was created with the New Television Workshop. Segments of it were broadcast as part of the "Frames of Reference" showcase specials "Landscape in Motion" and "Dance Journeys."
Topics
Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.), Emigration and immigration
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