Distributors and Organizations Producing Films

Publications Division
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 637-5000

Almost 200 titles available, as described in their Films and Video Tapes for Labor, a free 70-page guide. Rentals are $5-10 in the categories of Building the Union, Civil Rights, Construction (Building Trades), Corporations and Multinationals, Grievances and Arbitration, Health Care, Labor History, Labor-Management Cooperation, Legislative Issues, Negotiations and Strikes, Organizing, Political Education, Safety and Health, Social and Environmental Issues, Safety and Health and Women in the Workplace.

American Friends Service Committee
Film Library
2161 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 497-5273

Over 600 videos and films, including those on the peace movement and nuclear war, international issues, South Africa, Central America, the civil rights movement, racial and gender issues, corporate power in America and labor. New offerings include Jobs with Peace's Build Homes Not Bombs; Eyewitness to the Invasion, presenting the untold story behind Panama, and the Eyes on the Prize series. Rental is $10-35. No sales, but will make referrals to the appropriate distributors for video purchase.

306 Madison Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858
(606) 633-0108

Appalachian documentaries on topics such as the region's mining, poverty, health and environmental problems, and the people that have organized to battle those conditions. Recent releases include War, Taxes, and the Almighty Dollar, about the local impact of national defense and one tax resister's refusal to pay for it; and On Our Own Land, about Kentucky citizens' fight to protect their land and homes from mineral interests holding the legal right to stripmine them.

Bull Frog Films
P.O. Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

Environmental and educational videos in Science (ecology and environment, forests, genetics, energy, agriculture, animal studies, etc.), Children's films, Social Studies (Development ~ Global Issues, Native Peoples, Waste Management, etc.), Arts & Humanities and Health. Most rentals are $20-75, with less expensive home video and activist prices. Will also make referrals to libraries and institutions in your area that have the films. New releases include For Earth's Sake: The Life and Times of David grower, Banking on Disaster, about the World Bank's financing of the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest; and Downwind/Downstream: Threats to the Mountains and water of the American West.

California Newsreel
149 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-6196

Produces and distributes documentaries. Newsreel's special projects include the South Africa Media Center, the Africa Through African Eyes Project and a series on African-American life, history and current problems.

Cambridge Documentary films, Inc.
P.O. Box 385
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-3677

Produces and distributes social issue documentaries. Recent releases include STILL Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women; Pink Triangles, a study of prejudice against lesbians and gay men; Rape Culture; Eugene Debs and the American Movement, a documentary film of worker struggle; and Not Just A Job: Career Planning for Women. One day rental is $40-60.

Church World Service Film Library
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
(219) 264-3102

Most titles on world hunger and the social issues involved in hunger and development; also human rights in the Third World, domestic poverty and empowerment, children, environment, and war and peace making. Free loan; you pay return shipping costs.

Christic Institute
1324 Norm Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 797-8106

Distributes Crack, Covert Operations and the Constitution ($20 purchase); Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair ($39.95 purchase); and Inside the Shadow Government: The Men Behind the Iran-Contra Scandal ($15 purchase).

Cinema Guild
1697 Broadway, Room 802
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-5522

Large collection of social issue documentaries in a range of academic areas, from African Studies to Women's Studies, as well as videos on fine and performing arts. Rental fees from $50-100.

Crosscurrent Media
National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)
346 9th Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-9550

VHS rental and sale of videos with such themes as Asian-American assimilation, immigration, women's studies, history and sociology. The Fall of the l-Hotel documents the struggle to prevent the razing of this residential facility in a Filipino community in San Francisco; Slaying the Dragon tells the history of stereotypes of Asian and Asian-American women in film and television; Carved in Silence depicts the history of Angel Island, a detention center for Chinese immigrants akin to Ellis Island. Most video rental is S40-65.

Deep Dish T.V. Network
339 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 473-8933

Provides free programming through satellite distribution to cable access and other public television. However, Deep Dish is in the process of setting up secondary distribution on videotape and now handles tape orders on a case by case basis. Programs have included segments dealing with militarism and intervention, censorship, labor, grassroots environmentalism, multiculturism and the movements for social and political change.

Send for their Directory listing Deep Dish's seasonal programs, public access channels and cable systems in the Deep Dish Satellite Network, producers and other valuable resources.

Downtown Community TV Center
87 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-4510

Creates television documentaries and serves the New York community by producing programs about local issues and by training neighborhood residents in the use of video equipment. Films on Asia, Central America, USSR, Asian-American immigrants, came, farm problems, labor issues, public health, urban issues and human interest. One-week rentals are $40 75, and "No organization will be denied the opportunity to see these programs because of lack of funds. Please contact us for details."

Educational Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 35473
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(213) 559-9160

A speaker's bureau and radio and television documentaries on environmental concerns are available.

The Empowerment Project
1653 18th Street, Suite 3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(213) 828-8807

A documentary and media resource center. Recent productions include Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair ($39.95 purchase); Destination Nicaragua, about U.S. involvement in Central America ($39.95 purchase); and Invasion in Panama, a documentary about the U.S. war on Panama, soon to be distributed by Rhino Video. Invasion in Panama is now available in a 35-minute sample form to groups and schools who want to show the film for organizing purposes, through the Speak Out! program (see Appendix 1) or the Empowerment Project.

The Project also makes its editing facilities available at subsidized rates to students, activists and artists doing projects of social, political or cultural importance.

Energon Films
2114 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 929-0766

A production company focused on nuclear and environmental issue documentaries. Energon has produced 9 films and 3 film festivals on peace and nuclear issues. Titles include A Question of Power, a video documentary history of the nuclear power controversy with a focus on the antinuclear power movement in California (1986; distributed by the Video Project, listing to follow); Bound by the Wind, a portrait of the international citizens' campaign to stop nuclear weapons testing (1991; distributed by the Video Project); Strategies for Survival, on the nuclear arms race (Energon: $25 rental/$30 purchase); Blockade at Diablo, about the nonviolent blockade of the Diablo nuclear power plant (1981, Energon; $20 rental/$25 purchase); Bitter Mist, about the anti-herbicide movement (1985, Energon; $20 rental/$25 purchase); Making Waves, a portrait of the Bay Area Peace Navy (1987, Energon; $20 rental/ $25 purchase); and Threat of Nuclear War (1984, Energon).

Facets Video
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
1-800-331-6197 or (312) 281-9075

Their $7.95 catalogue contains almost 12,000 foreign, classic American, silent, documentary, fine arts and children's videos that can be purchased or rented through Facets Video membership. An index of major directors (with their film titles) in their collection is also included. Large documentary and historical documentary collections. Video purchases average in the $19.95-$39.95 range. Basic rent-bymail membership is $25 which includes 2 free tapes; each tape after the first 2 are $10 each. Prime Plus membership allows institutions/individuals to reserve tapes for arrival on a specific date. Prime Plus membership starts at $100, which includes 5 free video rentals.

Fanlight Productions
47 Halifax Street
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-0988

Produces films primarily on health issues. New releases include Breath Taken, on asbestos-related illness; Small Steps, about an elementary school curriculum in Vermont that helps children confront poverty and hunger in their community; and Streetlife: The Invisible Family.

Films Incorporated Video
5547 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640 1199
1-800-323-4222 x43

Distributes films and videos in areas including history (World, U.S., War & Defense issues, Vietnam, etc.), ecology, political science (Civil Rights ~ Black History, International Affairs, U.S. Government), consumer issues (e.g. America At Risk: A History of Consumer Protest), social conditions, cultural geography and more. Video sales prices from $19.95-$99 for single tapes and more.

First Run/Icarus Alms
153 Waverly Place, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-1711

Social issue documentaries and independently produced entertainment films. New releases include films on environmental, Asian and African topics; one addresses the Tianamen Square massacre.

Fusion Video
17214 South Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
1-800-338-7710 or (708) 532-2050

Distributor of documentaries including Cover-Up: The Iran Contra Affair, produced by the Empowerment Project above; Salt of the Earth, the only U.S. blacklisted film about the Chicanos' strike in the zinc mines of New Mexico; The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inside the CIA, and others. Average video purchase price is $29.98. Send $2.95 for their catalogue.

Greenpeace USA
1436 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-1177

Videos on Greenpeace campaigns and issues, including We All Live Downstream, about the effects of toxic pollution on the Mississippi River, Greenpeace's Greatest Hits, portraying major campaigns from 1971 through 1988; Before Its Too Late, highlighting six communities' battles against taxies in an overview of the environmental rights movement today; and other titles on nuclear waste, nuclear power and wildlife. Most videos priced for sale at $19.95. Contact Karen Hirsch at (202) 319-2493 or Liz Safley at (202) 319-2481 for more information.

Highlander Video Center
Box 370
New Market, TN 37820
(615) 933-3443

The Video Center's collection consists of videos documenting grassroots voices for social justice, including No Promise for Tomorrow: Southern Communities Respond to the Bhopal Tragedy; People Like You Help People Like Me Go On, a tribute to southern activists; and You Got to Move, a feature film on Highlander's educational approach to empowering communities. Rental is $15 to community groups, nonprofits and individuals; $25 to institutions and universities, plus $2.50 postage per tape. Purchase is $50 per tape.

Information Factory
3512 Courville
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 885-4685

Produced and distributes the award-winning Poletown Lives, about the Poletown citizens' fight to save their Detroit neighborhood from destruction by General Motors Corporation. Educational materials about the Poletown struggle accompany the film. Rental is $50 negotiable, plus $5 shipping.

Intermedia Arts
425 Ontario Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 627 4444

Documentaries on Native American concerns, including Clouded Land, about land claim disputes in Minnesota; social issues; and art. VHS rentals from $30-50.

Kartemquin Films
1901 West Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 472-4366

Produces films on a range of social issues: grassroots organizing, women's issues and labor negotiations, for example. Most are distributed by New Day Films Fisted below). Contact Kartemquin for other dues.

Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG)
29 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 292-4800

Has produced a series of 10 half-hour programs on the environment called the Global Watch '90 Seminar. Each segment interviews a prominent environmentalist, including Barry Commoner on "Pollution Prevention," Jeremy Rifkin on "Global Warming," Amory and Hunter Lovins on Renewable Energy," Ralph Nader on "Corporate Environmental Crime," Randall Hayes on "Deforestation" and Denis Hayes on "Every Day is Earth Day." The videos are available for educational purposes at $10 per program. For more information contact Laura Barrett at MassPIRG.

Media Process Group
770 North Halsted, Suite 507
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 850-1300

Produces documentaries and co-produces the Labor Beat cable series. Recent releases include Did They Buy It: Nicaragua's 1990 Elections; People's Law Office: 20 Years; Billy Bragg: Which Side Are You On, following the socialist singer through his tour through the South and benefit for the striking Pittston coal miners ($19.95 through Electra Records); and shorter films such as Briefcases and Bombshelters, a 13-minute video about the myth of preparing for nuclear war. Purchase prices are $1530 plus postage and handling.

Labor Beat videos are 1/2 hour segments on topics such as the award-winning The Road to Haymarket, about the 1886 Chicago Haymarket massacre; South of the Border, a satirical documentary about the U.S.-Mexico free trade agreement and the maquiladora industry in Mexico; and Your Job Could Be Next, a satirical documentary about American Home Products' move of an Elkhart, IN plant and its jobs to Puerto Rico.

MPI Home Video
15825 Rob Roy Drive
Oak Forest, IL 6C452
1-80~323~442 or (708) 687-7881

Their "Issues on Fire" category includes video journals such as Down and Out in America on homelessness, Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay & Lesbian Community, Inside the West Bank, The FBI War on Black America and Inside the CIA. Also "Chronicles," including the History of the 20th Century series, Decades and Propaganda; "The Speeches Collection"; and the ABC News Home Video Library. Average purchase price range is $14.98-$39.98.

Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium
P.O. Box 83111
Lincoln, NE 68501
(402) 472-3522

Videos about Native American sovereignty and human rights, and historical perspectives of tribes and their relationship with the U.S. government. Rental is $20-$50.

New Day Films
P.O. Box 315
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
(201) 891-8240

Produces and distributes award-winning social change films on labor, urban America, international concerns, social perspectives, health and the environment and more. New releases include How to Prevent a Nuclear War: Grassroots Democracy in Action; Hungry for Profit, probing the role of agribusiness in world hunger, Union Maids, about women organizing in the 1930s; Song of the Canary, about dangers in the American workplace; and With Babies and Banners about the Women's Emergency Brigade of 1937.

Organizing Media Project
5104 42nd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
1 (301) 779-1000

Organizes films and videos for unions and the environmental movement on economic and environmental justice issues.

Paper Tiger Television
339 Lafayette Street
New Yolk, NY 10012
(212) 420-9045

"Paper Tiger Television is a series of l/2 hour programs that analyze the communications industry. In each tape, a publication, television show or some aspect of the industry is critically examined, uncovering the media's social/ political role and the constraints and assumptions that have shaped it as a media product." Includes analysis of mainstream U.S. publications, foreign press, television, U.S. press on (from Gay Rights and Terrorism to Race Relations and Tiananmen Square), movies, advertising, government policy and resistance, and alternative media. PTTV 4-paks on the press, women, women's health, prejudice, labor and nature are available. Send a $2.00 donation to PTTV for Heir catalog. Individual tape rental is $60 and purchase is $125; 4-paks are $200 rental and $350 purchase.

Paper Tiger and Deep Dim TV Network organized the Gulf Crisis TV Project, showing a series of 10 programs featuring people mobilizing against U.S. intervention in the Middle East and exploring alternatives to war and the economics and history behind U.S. military deployment in the Persian Gulf.

PBS Video
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698

To order video catalogue or to order recent programs shown on PBS directly.

Public Interest Video Network
1642 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-8997

Produces PIVN videos and videos for other social change groups. New releases include Your Water, Your Life about communities working to protect their drinking water, U.S. Policy on Latin America, produced for Witness for Peace (contact WfP, 919-688-5049), Withdrawn from Circulation, about workplace health and safety, and New Voices, about the power and persuasiveness of television.

Third World Newsreel
335 West 38th Street, 5th Floorbrp> New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-9277

Has documentary and fictional films and videos dealing with social topics, including racial issues, housing, education, multicultural issues, the Panther movement, Latin America and experimental films.

University of Michigan Film Video Library
400 Fourth Street
Ann Arbor, M1 48103

Distributes social issue documentaries. Average rental fees range from $18-20 for 3-day use. Contact the library for their catalogue. Also publishes the National Directory of Audiovisual Resources on Nuclear War and the Arms Race (1984), listing videos, distributors, brief annotations, ratings and sources of reviews for over 400 titles. Free.

Video Data Bank
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 899-5172

Distributor of tapes by and about contemporary artists. Their Video Tape Review 1987-1991 includes titles on feminism, mass media power, AIDS, student activism, U.S. foreign intervention, Paper Tiger Television titles (see previous PTTV description) and more. Other VDB catalogues include On Art and Artists (1990), Video Tape Review (1986) and Video Against AIDS (1989). Most one-week rentals are $5-75; most; purchases are $20-275.

The Video Project
Films and Videos for a Safe & Sustainable World
5332 College Avenue, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94618
(415) 655-9050

Videos on the Environment, the Soviets, the Arms Race, War and Peace and Latin America. New releases include Whose Bread You Eat, Their Song You'll Sing, which is "a 12 minute ethical challenge urg[ing] students to consider Me social Implications of their work choices and to mice personal responsibility for solving our society's problems;" Global Dumping Ground: The International Traffic in Hazardous Waste, a PBS Frontline special hosted by Bill Moyers about the profits and grave health hazards of shipping toxic waste to Third World countries; The Rush to Burn, about the dangers of incinerating hazardous waste and citizen efforts to stop it. VHS rental and sales for individuals and low-income groups are $20-50.

Women Make Movies
225 Lafayette Street, Suite 212
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-0606

A feminist media arts organization that produces, promotes and distributes films and videos by and about women.


Alternative Media Information Center
121 Fulton Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 619-3455

Makes referrals and suggestions for simple requests over the phone. Publishes detailed guides to films and videos. Safe Planet (1990, $7.50 to grassroots groups and individuals; $11.50 to institutions) is an environmental guide and includes subjects such as Rainforests, Garbage and Recycling, Hazardous Waste and Land Use. Other guides, each $6.50 or $11.50 as above: Bombs Aren't Cool!; Choice: A Guide to Film and Video About Women's Reproductive Health & Freedom; Seeing Through AIDS; Images of Color, on issues affecting Asian, African, Latino and Native American communities.

Each guide lists 60-100 films and videos, their evaluations, order and distributor information.

American Labor Education Center
2000 P Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 828 5170

Publishes Lights, Camera, Action./ A Guide to Labor-Related Slideshows, Films, and Videotapes (1984), S2.65. Although a little dated, this guide offers 10-15 films in such categories as Civil Rights and Minorities, Immigrants, Organizing, Labor History and Occupational Safety and Health, their prices and distributors. The list of 106 distributors alone is worth the small fee.

Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC)
33 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-5527

A recent listing of video and audio tapes on Labor and the Environment is available. Write or call and request a copy of the CEC Newsletter, Winter Issue, 1990. Topics include worker hazards; indoor air pollution; solid waste, recycling and incineration; energy and nuclear issues; toxic waste; and pesticides.

Educational Film and Video Locator, fourth edition
Published by R.R. Bowker
245 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 645-9700

A resource with subject indexes, listing titles, producers and distributors. Lists the 80 members of the Consortium of College and Video Media Centers (like the University of Michigan's Film Video Library) that rent their collections.

National Video Resources, Inc.
73 Spring Street, Suite 606
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-8080

Offers resources and referrals to distributors and producers of social issue documentaries.

Student Pugwash USA
1638 R Street, NW, Suite 32
Washington, DC 20009
1-800-WOW-A-PUG or (202) 328-6555

Student Pugwash works to educate students about the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology. Their Chapter Organizing Guide (August 1990) has a film list with distributor information on Pugwash-relevant subject matter, including nuclear power, nuclear war and nuclear waste, the greenhouse effect and technology and the environment.

Union of Concerned Scientists
26 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02238
(617) 547-5552

Publishes a Guide to Audiovisual Materials on Energy Issues and Global Warming (March 1990), with distributors and selected films and descriptions.

University of Michigan Film Video Library
400 Fourth Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
1-800 999-0424

Publishes the National Directory of Audiovisual Resources on Nuclear War and the Arms Race (1984), listing videos, distributors, brief annotations, ratings and sources of reviews for over 400 titles. Free.