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

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These short films are no longer lost. In addition to documenting the beginnings of the long (and continuing) and award-winning career of Lora Hays as an editor, they also represent what has seemingly been a lost part of Ivens’ original vision for Power and the Land. And as such, these shorts reflect part of the historical record of the interaction between Joris Ivens and Pare Lorentz - two of the greatest documentary filmmakers of the twentieth century.

This is the story of life on a small farm in America before electricity, of the Rural Electrification Administration, of farm boys and a family who their duty when country called, of two very important filmmakers, of a talented production team, and of three films that helped to electrify America. This is the new documentary Power for the Parkinsons.

Dr. Smith would like to thank the New York Community Trust for their financial support for this project. He also wishes to express his appreciation to the California State University, Fresno Foundation, to Detroit Public Television and all of those involved - Parkinson family members, consultants, scholars, archivists, interviewees, video and editing professionals, and those offering a word of encouragement – who assisted in the completion of this project. Last but not least, he would like to thank Chris Hoskins, the web master who created this site.

We hope you enjoy the results of all our labors.





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