This Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m., don't miss the documentary Projections of America, about the films produced under Robert Riskin's supervision of the Overseas Motion Picture Branch for the Office of War Information during WWII.
Introduced by the screenwriter's daughter, Victoria Riskin. Copies of her book "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir" will be available for sale and signing on site.
All tickets $5: https://bit.ly/2STDmcd
Filmmaker Peter Miller and Riskin speak about the documentary with the Santa Barbara Independent:
"MILLER: The series created propaganda films unlike any others I’ve ever seen. Rather than thumping our chest and celebrating America’s military strength, the films focused on who we are as a people, revealing our diversity and the messiness of our democracy. The films were idealized versions of what America could be, created by politically engaged filmmakers who wanted to fundamentally change America itself while fighting tyranny abroad. Why aren’t these films better known now? I wonder if it’s because their optimistic, progressive vision of America fell out of favor at the end of WWII, as the nation’s politics shifted to the right.
...I had known nothing about the Projections series, but as soon as I learned about it, I was convinced that its story needed to be told. And when I watched the films themselves — beautifully crafted, character-driven stories that reflected what America could be if it lived up to its ideals — I was hooked.
RISKIN: My father’s theory seems to have been that if you liked people, people would like you. His OWI films, just like those he made in the 1930’s, were on a human, personal scale, about the virtues of America and Americans. Their unifying theme was that we were a country in which people could lead their lives as they chose and be the happier for it. Some films were straight-forward documentaries, some were inspirational, others charming or whimsical. All reflected his belief in the basic goodness of people."
Full lineup and showtimes for our "Fay Wray & Robert Riskin Retrospective" here: https://bit.ly/2Ey8usj
DC friends: "Projections of America" screens at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring on March 23 as part of a Fay Wray & Robert Riskin Retrospective, celebrating Victoria Riskin's wonderful new book about her parents.
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