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THE MAKING OF POWER FOR THE PARKINSONS
by Dr. Ephraim K. Smith

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In 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.”

The 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.


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