Archive | May, 2012

Nepal: Experiment in Education (1962)

31 May
Director  Hugh Bernard Wood
Producer  American Nepal Education Foundation
Contributors
Length  40 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  N/A
Call # Mc59
Genre  Documentary
Rare YES
Online YES
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  YES

Notes:

The American Nepal Education Foundation was charted by the State of Oregon in 1955. In cooperation with the University of Oregon, the United State Operation Mission contracted to provide professional training over a period of six years for about fifty Nepalese scholars.

Hugh Bernard Wood (1909-1995) was a Professor Emeritus of the College of Education at the University of Oregon and founded the American Nepal Education Foundation.  He spent six years as the chief of the Education Division of U.S. Operations Mission in Nepal, and helped form its national education system from 1953-1959.

This film is extremely rare and valuable as it displays Nepal’s educational system at its very beginning.  The Nepalese government was searching in vain for it until, through a chance encounter, our lovely Elizabeth Peterson here at the UO libraries reached them, painstakingly got the film digitized, and sent it over.  Now we also have a copy of the film on our library’s website here.

Live or Die (1978)

31 May
Director  Larry Yust (also written by)
Producer  E.C. Brown Foundation
Contributors Published by Highland Park, Ill. : Perennial EducationProduced via grant from The Blue Cross of OregonMedical Consultant: James R. Orendurff, M.D.Photographer: Howard Wexler (Wexler Films)
Length  29 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:   Through the autopsy findings of two unrelated individuals, a pathologist reconstructs the lifestyles which led to their premature deaths. Points out that each individual is responsible for his or her own health and well-being
Call # Film Mc305
Genre  Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  YES

Notes:

“That’s what she died of, but that’s not what killed her.”

The E.C. Brown Foundation gave a private financial boost for family life and sex education in Oregon starting in the 1930’s.  The three-fold purpose of the then trust and now foundation were 1) the social hygiene on behalf of the youth of Oregon, 2) a reverence for the married state, and 3) the prevention of sexual abuse especially venereal disease. At it’s beginning it was based here at the University of Oregon.  We have many E.C. Brown Foundation films here at the UO film archive including A Family Talks About Sex and How to be a Good Kid.

Larry Yust, director and writer of this film worked many times with the E.C. Brown Foundation including on A Family Talks About Sex.  Yust’s film career began with a series of health and safety films for EB made in 1957, followed by a number of science shorts made in conjunction with Dr. Al Baez.  He also made academic films for Wexler Films (via the E.C. Brown Foundation), televison dramas for PBS, and directed three feature films.

HOW TO BE A GOOD KID (1980)

22 May
Director  Larry Yust (and writer)
Producer  E.C. Brown Foundation, Wexler FIlms (Los Angeles)
Contributors   Published by Highland Park, Ill. : Perennial Education
Length  24 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Uses vignettes and documentary footage to encourage the viewer to consider the repercussions of individuals’ actions and to realize that obeying parents’ wishes or following one’s conscience will not necessarily result in happiness. Stresses the importance of acting on one’s best convictions and accepting responsibility for one’s actions
Call # Mc308
Genre  Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  YES
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  YES

Notes:

Another instructional film by the E.C. Brown Foundation.  We have many films by this foundation in our archive including A Family Talks About Sex.

Larry Yust, director and writer of this film worked many times with the E.C. Brown Foundation including on “A Family Talks About Sex” mentioned above.  Yust, whose father Walter was the editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, was exposed to films (and filmmakers) at an early age, when his father took him to Hollywood on a business trip for the purpose of collecting data on the film industry for the encyclopaedia. Later attending Stanford University as a drama major, he became involved with the theatre department, and developed an interest in set design, lighting, and directing. After military duty (television programming with Walter Reed Army Hospital as part of the Signal Corps’ Army Pictorial Service), Yust further developed his craft at other television stations, most notably XETV, the ABC outlet in Tijuana.

Yust’s film career began with a series of health and safety films for EB made in 1957, followed by a number of science shorts made in conjunction with Dr. Al Baez.  He also made academic films for Wexler Films (via the E.C. Brown Foundation), televison dramas for PBS, and directed three feature films. He is best known for his outstanding films on dramatic themes.

The E.C. Brown Foundation gave a private financial boost for family life and sex education in Oregon starting in the 1930’s.  The three-fold purpose of the then trust and now foundation were 1) the social hygiene on behalf of the youth of Oregon, 2) a reverence for the married state, and 3) the prevention of sexual abuse especially venereal disease.

A FAMILY TALKS ABOUT SEX (1978)

22 May
Director  Larry Yust (and writer)
Producer  E.C. Brown Foundation, Wexler Films (Los Angeles)
Contributors  Published by Northfield, III  Perennial Education,Grant from Blue Cross of Oregon

Consultants: School of Medicine, University of Oregon Health Sciences Center

Length  29 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:   Deals with common situations parents face in giving their children guidance and information about sex. Emphasizes that if the parent-child relationship is based on love, respect, and trust, then there is reason to hope that the children will make responsible decisions about sex.
Call # Mc306
Genre  Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Great
Oregon-related  YES

Notes:

“A Family Talks About Sex” is a film made by the E.C. Brown Foundation in the United States, and originally intended for parents, teachers, clinicians and other helping professionals; it has won five major educational film awards. Although the actors vary in appearance and race, the characters remain the same as “the family” grows and changes over fifteen years. The message is one of encouragement for information about sex to be an acceptable part of a family’s life in the context of the family’s larger system of values. The film also endorses and supports the rights and privileges of parents, who bear the responsibility for the family’s well-being. In showingthe film to adolescents, however, I found that the young people themselvesresponded warmly to the concerns of the parents in the film, and that they gained insight into the worries and rewards of parental life.

-John A. Bruce, Executive Director, The E.C. Brown Foundation

 

The E.C. Brown Foundation gave a private financial boost for family life and sex education in Oregon starting in the 1930’s.  The three-fold purpose of the then trust and now foundation were 1) the social hygiene on behalf of the youth of Oregon, 2) a reverence for the married state, and 3) the prevention of sexual abuse especially venereal disease.

 

There is one obvious splice mid-way through the film that cuts off a character’s speech and cuts to a kitchen scene.  Other than that the film is in excellent condition.

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