Description: John Sayles (writer, director, actor) speaks at the Brattle Theatre. He reads excerpts from his story “The Halfway Diner.” He takes audience questions. He talks about his film “Night Skies” and how it was not completed, but inspired other works. He talks about how he started writing “Eight Men Out.” He talks about “Return of the Secaucus 7” and its supposed similarity to “The Big Chill.” He talks about funding his films. He talks about his writing process for his films and his literary work. He talks about his early days in East Boston. He talks about his film “Breaking In.” He talks about “Clan of the Cave Bear” and how his written version was changed for actual production. He talks about his television pilot “Shannon’s Deal” and the differences between working in TV and working in film. He talks about his acting work. He talks about his writing his films while taking an actor’s experience into consideration. He talks about early distribution for “Return of the Secaucus 7.”
Collection: CCTV
Description: Interviews with people in Harvard Square about whether they think Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank should resign, after the revelation of his relationship with Steve Gobie. Most feel he should not.
Collection: CCTV
Description: Interviews with people in Harvard Square about whether they think Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank should resign, after the revelation of his relationship with Steve Gobie. Most feel he should not. This is a slightly different version of #4400. One person interviewed here is not in #4400, and the order of some of the people is different.
Collection: CCTV
Description: Interviews with people in Harvard Square about the controversy surrounding the Robert Mapplethorpe “Perfect Moment” exhibit at the ICA. Most feel that the government should not censor NEA-granted artwork or that the controversy is overblown. One person suggests showing the more adult-themed pictures in a separate area. Another person suggests creating a rating system for art that would prevent its being viewed by those under a certain age. Interviews with people in Harvard Square about the police’s confiscation of large numbers of guns from Henry Stram’s apartment. Many people feel that the confiscation was justified because of one or more factors: the large number of weapons, the power of some of the weapons, and the unsafe condition of the apartment.
Collection: CCTV
Description: Pedestrians standing on street corner, walking down sidewalk, and crossing the street in Harvard Square. Young people being interviewed in group around a park bench on the Cambridge Common. Person holding a caterpillar.
Collection: WHDH
Date Created: 05/1968
Description: Women in Harvard building (888 Memorial Drive) that they took over and renamed the "Boston Women's Center." Men outside the building trying to talk to the women and get in the building. Huge crowd of students outside the building offer support. Harvard Square environs. Rally at Holyoke Center and Harvard Yard. Group of students criticize the women's building takeover. Harvard police break up a rally outside the taken over building and make announcements over megaphone. Harvard administration official leaves papers at the building. Riverside resident holds press conference about her connection to the takeover and her complaints against the city, especially police violence. People getting food from a lunch truck. Several takes of reporter standup. Women go in and out of building. loading things into vans. Two women kiss in front of building. Mailman tries to deliver mail, women refuse it, and discuss it with him. Outtake of reporter standup. Friends of Louise Bruyn Walk for Peace on the Cambridge Common and Beacon Hill. Louis Bruyn is a woman who walked from her home in Newton, Mass. to Washington, D.C. to protest the Vietnam War in 1971. Priest prays with the crowd. Massachusetts legislators address the crowd in support of their cause.
Collection: WHDH
Date Created: 1971
Description: Harvard Square environs. Rapid Transit sign over Harvard Square kiosk. Out of Town Tickets. People step off narrow escalator ascending from subway station. T sign, subway system map with “You Are Here,” bus routes map sign. People go downstairs to red line station. Harvard Trust Company sign, Harvard Coop, Nini's Corner. Electric bus with overhead cables. Abandoned red line trolleys parked in MBTA lot behind Harvard Square.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 02/22/1977
Description: Blizzard of '78. Snow falling and blowing. People digging out on Western Avenue. Plow on Storrow Drive. Chains on truck tires. Students and dogs on Harvard Square streets blanketed with snow. Cross-country skiers and people on snowshoes. Shots inside the news van, with radio reports on blizzard in the background. People trudge along Mt. Auburn St. and Mass. Avenue in Cambridge; some carry provisions on sleds. Massachusetts Avenue street sign. Man shovels out storefront. Deep snow banks. Tractor trailer jackknifed on Mass Ave. bridge over Charles River. People wait in line in front of White Hen Pantry.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 02/07/1978
Description: Aerials of Harvard Square environs on a gray morning. Shot from roof of Holyoke Center looking out in all directions, zooming to and from buildings in Harvard Yard. No sound.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 03/08/1979
Description: Red line T construction. Harvard Square stop, tunnel, tracks. Western Avenue, Cambridge. Interview with a man from the Department of Public Works (DPW) about the roads and bridges in Massachusetts - spending approximately $500 million per year - $100 million in paving, $150 million in bridges, $250 million in safety and new roads. He states that there are about 14,000 miles of road in Massachusetts and about 1/3 of those roads need serious work. He approximates that out of the 5,000 bridges in Massachusetts, 2,200 are in substandard shape, 900 in critical condition. DPW infrastructure includes roads, bridges, transit, airports, sewer and water. He explains the need for the federal government's assistance. He states that these projects will create jobs - approximately 90 jobs per million dollars spent.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 11/08/1982