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BOOB TUBE MOVIE NIGHT
'Kiddie Show Carnival'
August 24, 2012
* 15 minute pre-show audio - Starts at 7:45 featuring soundtrack selections from the "Pufnstuf" (1970) kiddie feature!
* 1960s and 1970s toy and cereal commercials. A variety of items from over 35 years ago. As usual, some of these probably haven't been seen in public in over three decades. Over 6 minutes of commercials for those who came to the "Boob Tube Movie Night" to get away from TV!
* Santa Claus' Punch and Judy (1948) There were many Christmas themed films produced in the post World War II 1940s - 1960s era aimed at adolescent audiences. In the eyes of present day they can seem kitschy, bizarre, unexpectedly and unintentionally funny. "Santa Claus' Punch and Judy" is all of these and more.
There is no plot. Santa Clause appears at a children's Christmas party and brings along his puppet pals Punch and Judy. Seven minutes of extreme violence, ethnic gags and murder ensue as the puppets entertain the kids while beating themselves to a bloody pulp.
* Fiction Friction (1973) A fast paced live action and animated Avante Garde silent comedy art film shot and directed by Marjorie Lenk and children ages 2 - 12.
Very little is known about this unusual mystery short film or its makers. Research suggests it was a collaborative effort between Marjorie Lenk and grade school kids at the Osterville Free Library in affluent Osterville, MA, near Nantucket Sound.
A collection of free form visuals, hectic story segments, clay animation and construction paper animation create a unique experience that surely couldn't come from any other place in time than the early 1970s Hippie era.
Documentation for Fiction Friction (1973) is scant except web searches show it was shown as part of the February 8 - 10, 1974 feminist "Women in the Reel World" women's film fest / "Program in Women's Studies" convention at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Searches of the Library of Congresses' catalogs show that Lenk collaborated in many other films starring and animated by grade school kids during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.
Other films she worked on were shown at fests also hosted in Ann Arbor, MI in previous years.
The print being shown is one of a handful known to exist and this is perhaps this the first time its being shown to an audience since the mid 1970s.
* One Of A Kind (196?) A live kiddie show television broadcast preserved on a 16mm Kinescope print. Produced by the Baltimore Dept of Education and WBAL-TV PBS and hosted by Mrs. Pauline Smith. "One Of A Kind" was a program directed at grade schoolers to aid them in learning stuff and creating different art projects.
This aired when the Baltimore public school system was still considered segregated and features mainly black students.
This "One Of A Kind" episode spotlights clay sculpting but despite what the subject matter may give the impression, this is far from boring. We learn step by step how to create animals, bowls and other stuff from a very informative and endearing grade school teacher and the children show off their works of art.
The print being shown is the only one to exist. It is the same print that ran through the Kinescope camera as the show was being aired live and this is very likely the first time it is being shown to an audience in over forty years.
The owner considers this to be among his prized film prints.
~~~~~ Good Night ~~~~~
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