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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Nine Heroes

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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Nine Heroes
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

This impressionistic documentary created by writer Mary Feldhaus-Weber and director Rick Hauser looks at nine individuals who received Carnegie Medals from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. This organization honors individuals who risk their lives to save others. Each hero is featured in a spot that includes interviews with family and friends and, in some cases, the recipient of the award. June Roberts tells how she saved a child from drowning. Joseph Arcaris, a lion tamer, describes how he saved a fellow tamer who was being attacked by lions. John McGeown, Jr., a young man of 17, describes rescuing a family from a car before it was destroyed by an oncoming train. Bridget Cahill, a teenaged girl, died saving her friend from being hit by a car, and her story is told through the words of her family, teachers, and the surviving friend. Leo Gauthier rescued a man through a Herculean display of strength during a raging fire. Anna Martuscelli and John Peter tell of saving drowning victims. Charles Melville Lewis recovered men whose boat had been overturned. The widow of Charles Joseph Dupuis tells how her husband was killed trying to save a woman from a wild horse, and tells of the subsequent loss of her father-in-law and son through selfless acts. The interviews were shot on location, with some staged footage. Key words and phrases from the interviews are repeated through the editing process.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Documentaries and factual works
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
Film and Television
Feldhaus-Weber, Mary (Writer)
Richard Hauser (Producer)
Chicago: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Nine Heroes,” 04/20/1970, GBH Archives, accessed April 17, 2024,
MLA: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Nine Heroes.” 04/20/1970. GBH Archives. Web. April 17, 2024. <>.
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