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

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There was also an additional reason for this expanded coverage of Lorentz and Ivens. In 2002, Jim Parkinson (one of Bip’s sons) showed Dr. Smith several cans of 16 mm. film in his possession. These films were not Power and the Land, but two additional REA films featuring the Parkinsons and their neighbors. These films, released by the REA in 1940 and 1941, were Bip Goes to Town (approximately 10 minutes) and Worst of Farm Disasters (approximately 5 minutes). Both films had been “Edited by Lora Hays under the supervision of Joris Ivens.” Douglas Moore, who had written the score for Power and the Land, was also credited with the accompanying music.

Jim Parkinson, who rightly regarded these films as family heirlooms, allowed Dr. Smith to send these films down to Allen Bradley of PS Video of San Ramon, California, where they were digitized. The originals were then returned to Jim Parkinson. Amazingly, these two films, with the exception of some scratch lines, were in excellent condition. But the question remained. Why were they made? At the suggestion of Andre Stufkens, Executive Director of the European Foundation Joris Ivens, Smith prepared an article on the discovery of these two films. Stufkens, a widely published authority of the life and films of Joris Ivens, also added an essay of his own. Both articles were published in the Foundation’s Newsletter in October, 2003. (See into@ivens.nl)


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