early 2004, the New York Community Trust provided a grant
to the California State University, Fresno Foundation for
completing an hour documentary on Power for the Parkinsons.
This grant came from a fund established by Mrs. Elizabeth
Meyer Lorentz. This fund was to be used to encourage research
and the production of films relating to the work and interests
of her husband Pare Lorentz – movie critic, chronicler
of FDR and the New Deal, poet, and “FDR’s filmmaker.”
next step was to complete additional research and interviews.
In June, 2004, Smith, with the assistance of Jeff Forster,
Vice President of Detroit Public Television, conducted videotaped
interviews with Dr. Cynthia Koch, Director of the Franklin
D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, and Verne W. Newton, Director
of the James A. Cannavino Library at Marist College (and
a former Director of the FDR Library and Museum). Dina Pace
of Pace Productions videotaped these interviews in Hyde
Park, New York. Excerpts can be found in both Power
for the Parkinsons and on this web site.
While at the FDR Presidential Library and
Museum in Hyde Park, Smith researched the papers of Pare
Lorentz and other New Deal officials. He was also able to
visit the Pare Lorentz Center. Funded by a grant from a
grant from the New York Community Trust, the Pare Lorentz
Center has already released a number of educational films
on the New Deal and World War II era. For more information,
please contact the FDR Library’s web site and see
the resources section of our own web site.