Luther Metke at 94 (1979)

15 Feb
Director  Jorge Preloran and Steve Raymen
Producer  U.C.L.A. Ethnographic Film Program and Richard Hawkins
Contributors  Ron Finne (camera) and Einar Moos (editing), distribution; Northwest Cultural Films
Length  27
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  Interweaving Metke’s life, family history, philosophy, folk poetry, and artistry, this film reveals a spirited representative of the woodsman ethic
Call # Film Mc268
Genre  Documentary
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Protected
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  Yes


Luther Metke is an incredible figure in Oregon history. He was the epitome of the ‘woodsman’; living in the forest, making log cabins and generally being very good with an axe. This documentary follows Metke as he builds his last log cabin and explores sides of Luther Metke that most are not familiar with- the poet & the war veteran. The doc won a variety of awards at film festivals and was even nominated for an Academy Award (for Best Documentary Short).

The US government and the UN found interest in the film for it’s use in gerontology (the study of aging). The documentary was shown at the 1981 National Council on the Aging and at the 1982 UN Assembly on the Elderly (held in Vienna).

The film was imprinted and distributed through Northwest Cultural Films, an organization based in Eugene, OR.

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