Stay turned for a future announcement as to the date of the release of Power and the Parkinsons. Work is also being completed on a second hour program "The Parkinsons" which looks at what happened to that family after the premiere of Power and the Land in 1940. That program will also be offered to PBS stations for broadcast and/or made available for future purchase on this web site. If you have additional information that is not already posted on this web site (particularly the military service of Tom, Dan, and "Bip" (Frank) and any additional photographs or information about members of the Parkinson family or the film crew), feel free to contact Dr. Ephraim K. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out the web site of the European Foundation Joris Ivens, which has just posted significant new information on Ivens and the making of Power and the Land. And if you like our web site, our webmaster Chris Hoskins can be reached through his email address email@example.com. My thanks again to all who helped with the completion of Power for the Parkinsons.
In addition to this current project, Heritage Productions has completed a four-hour four-video documentary (American Mint) on the two-hundred year old history of the American peppermint and spearmint industry. Mint farmers have played a unique role in our agricultural history. Witness, through vintage photographs and rare archival movie footage, the dramatic transformation of agricultural practices in the planting, harvesting and stilling of mint. Learn about historic mint bottles, about how mint flavored chewing gum and candy were widely advertised, about who invented a mint flavored candy shaped like a life-saver, and how the small mint farms are disppearing in America. American Mint received three-and-a-half stars (out of four) and a "highly recommended" ranking in Video Librarian (March-April, 2003). Part II of American Mint also received a 2002 Bronze Telly Award in the category "Non-Broadcast Film/Video & TV Programs - Education (for academic use)." For further information on American Mint and an abridged one-hour version (The Historic J.E. Crosby Mint Still), see the web site www.mintstills.com. VHS copies of these videos can be ordered by check or money order using a form that can be printed out from that web site.
Dr. Smith can be reached by regular mail at Heritage Productions, P.O. Box 5897, Fresno, CA 93755.