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
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.