Films from our 16mm Educational Archives for Special Screenings. Available for Bookings.

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Schooled in 16mm (Sample of topic categories)

Mad About Science

  • Powers of Ten 1968 (400)
    (Rough Sketch for a Proposed Film Dealing with the Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe)
    The Powers of Ten films are two short American documentary films written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames. Depict the relative scale of the Universe according to an order of magnitude (or logarithmic scale) based on a factor of ten, first expanding out from the Earth until the entire universe is surveyed, then reducing inward until a single atom and its quarks are observed.
  • Clean water GE (800)
  • Summer Storm Westinghouse (800)
  • Pipeline to The Clouds 1951 (800)
    Animated and live action footage shows how water supply is cyclic. Explains human dependence on the availability of water, the effects of a water shortage and the reasons human use of water continues to increase rapidly. Encourages people to take an active part in conserving water resources on a daily basis
  • Genetics: Man, The Creator 1972 (800)
    Predicts various effects of genetics in years to come.
  • Newtons Solar System (800)
  • Dinosaurs Terrible Lizards 1970 (1986)(400)
    Stop Motion animation is used to tell the story of
  • Close Up of Mars 196? (1200)
    NASA builds and sends a probe to take the first images of
  • Universal Gravitation (1200)

Drugs Alcohol and Vices

  • That Fat Little Pig (400)
  • Understanding Why We Take Drugs 1971 (800)
    Why we take drugs, another viewpoint, a new institution. Community at the crossroads: a drug education simulation game.
  • Choice is Yours 195?(800)
    Religious anti-drug
  • Drug Abuse Goofballs and Bennies 1965 (800)
    A documentary report with Paul Newman and Dr. James L. Goddard in the early sixties discussing the use and misuse of amphetamines and barbiturates.
  • Welcome Home 1975 (Drugs/Juvenile Delinquency) (1200)
    Returning from juvenile detention camp, a teenage boy returns home to his domineering mother and unassertive father. Though cautioned by his probation officer to stay clean, he drifts back to his old doper buddies and is soon selling drugs. One night he finds himself being chased by the police, swallows the load of pills he was trying to sell, passes out and is left to die by his so-called “friends.” Only the courageous love of his father saves his life and Frankie finally discovers what it really means to be a man
  • An Easy Pill to Swallow 1978 (1200)
    NFB: Canadians are avid consumers of tranquilizers. This documentary, in the form of an ongoing dialogue for and against drugs, introduces us to doctors and patients who approach the issue from different angles. An “easy” pill could be a dangerous one, especially if we take it for granted.

Advertising / Art

  • On Trial – Wash Products (400)
  • Switching on The Sun 1950 (400)
    Whimsical UK magazine type film showing how models are used to stage and sell our everyday household products.
  • Discovering Line 1962 (400)
    Illustrates the way in which line records movement, explains that a line is a path of action which leads the eye through space, and shows that the movement induced by line is a major element in art. Points out that ability to perceive line divorced from form can become a major aesthetic skill.
  • Searching Eye 1964 (800)
    Turns a small boy’s walk along the beach into a cinematographic treat in which ordinary objects reveal unsuspected worlds of intense visual experience.

Society & Social Engineering

  • How We Got What We Have 1950 (400)
    Discusses the role of natural resources, manpower, and tools in the development of America’s industries.
  • Engagement Romance & Reality 1964
    Episodes in the life of an engaged couple demonstrate the importance of taking time to make a realistic appraisal of each other before marriage and to evaluate differences in values as they become a parent.
  • Portrait of a Disadvantaged Child 1965
    Describes a day in the life of an urban slum child, examining both his school and his community
  • Pre-Natal Care 1952 (800)
    Through the prenatal care of three pregnant women, tells the need of medical examination and care, discusses correct diet, presents exercises for daily use, shows proper clothing, etc
  • Parenting
  • Emotional Health 1948 (800)
    Shows that emotional upsets are common among people of college age, explains that if a disturbance of this kind is prolonged, a need for professional council and care is indicated, and demonstrates the basic techniques of psychiatric treatment. For college and adult groups.
  • Social Development 1950 (800)
    Presents an analysis of social behavior at different age levels and the reasons underlying the changes in behavior patterns as the child develops.
  • Eye of The Beholder 1953 (1200)
    The story of an artist, who becomes involved in the killing of a beautiful girl, as he appears variously to a number of witnesses. Emphasizes differences in perception and the tendency to see in others qualities which are really part of ourselves.
  • Reason to Stay 1966 (1200)
    NFB A look at the high school drop-out and what he drops out from. The film takes a deliberately biased look at today’s educational system and how it fails, if it does, to give young people the preparation they need for adult life when school doors close behind them. B & W our lives, and points out how this shift makes students seem dramatically different, restless, and unresponsive when it comes to their own education.
  • Odds Against 1966
    Explores the correctional systems in the United States today, including detention, probation, imprisonment, and parole. Shows contrasts between older institutions and up-to-date facilities and programs throughout the country.
  • Population Explosion 1960 (1600)
    CBS Reports: A look at the grave consequences of the abnormally high current rate of growth of the world’s population. Uses India as an example of a growing crisis which soon may become the world’s number one problem–an excess of population over available food supplies. Prime Minister Nehru, Lady Rama Rau, Archbishop Joseph Fernandez, Col. Jaswant
    Singh, and Shri C. Chandrasekhar offer their views on this vital problem.
  • Heredity & pre-Natal Development 2X1200
  • Learning and behaviour (1200)
  • Tragedy of The Commons (1200)
  • Searchlight on the Nations (United Nations) 1949
    Deals with the international exchange of information through communications systems and shows how the UN is improving communication.

Public Service

  • Help Is 1971 (800)
    First aid at the roadside — a clear demonstration of what the first person, or persons, on the scene of a motor vehicle accident (link)
  • Crime prevention 1983 (800)
    McGruff The Crime Prevention Dog delivers a lesson on how
    to prevent delinquency.
  • Driving Economically 1952 (800)
    General Motors Corp.: Instructions to beginners on economical ways of keeping an automobile in safe driving condition.
  • Germs with Harv and Marv 1980 (400)
    Combination animation and live action teach us all about germs with 2 annoying cartoon characters.
  • Haunted House 1971
    Follows the experiences of two brothers and their little sister as they explore the inside of a large empty house which is rumored to be haunted. For elementary grades.
  • Live or Die 1978 (1200)
    Through the autopsy findings of two unrelated individuals, a pathologist reconstructs the lifestyles which led to their premature deaths. Points out that each individual is responsible for his or her own health and well-being
  • Trouble with Trash 1970 (1200)
    Caterpillar Tractor Company. Shows experiments with the recycling of refuse and with a choice of burying or burning solid wastes. Sanitary landfills are recommended as a satisfactory solution to this critical problem.
  • Loose Bolts (GM Union) 1973 (1200)
    Deals with work on assembly lines. Interviews employees at a Ford automobile plant in order to show their reactions to this well-paid, but potentially dehumanizing type of work.
  • Health and Lifestyle (1200)
  • Your Hearts Content (1200)
  • Revolving Door 1968 (1200)
    A documentary about the U.S. judicial system. Explains the types of cases tried in the lower court, shows the typical minor offenders, and examines the inadequate facilities of the jails.
  • The Grievance 1954 (1200)
    NFB Depicts, step-by-step, the processing of a worker’s grievance until it is settled by an arbitrator.
  • Superflous People 1962
    Discusses welfare aid as a material and moral problem. Pictures various people who need help and includes filmed interviews with some of these people in order to point out their mental attitudes. Social workers, clergymen, authors, educators, and city planners discuss society’s neglect of needy citizens.


Down by The Sea (East Coast) (400)

Winters in Quebec 1950 (800)
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