March 1, 2001
Films at the National Archives in April and May
Washington, DC . . . In April and May the National Archives and Records Administration presents film screenings with topics relating to Space Exploration, Earth Day, John F. Kennedy, and Memorial Day.
The screenings will be held in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD unless otherwise noted. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201) 501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information.
Washington, DC Films
Friday, April 13- Space Exploration
*The Satellite Sky, released in 1990. Using rare archival material as well as footage from Soviet and American science fiction movies and propaganda films, The Satellite Sky is an informative, humorous, and ironic history of the early years of the space race. A film by Robert Stone. (60 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Seating is limited. Please call 202-501-5040, ext. 296, for reservations.
Friday, April 20- Earth Day
*Wild by Law, released in 1991. This is the story of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the three men responsible for its passage: forester/philosopher Aldo Leopold, author of the best-selling A Sand County Almanac and the first to bring the word "ecology" into standard usage; Bob Marshall, millionaire socialist and founder of the Wilderness Society; and Howard Zahniser, a tireless bureaucrat with a profound love of the wild places he seldom saw. Produced by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey. (60 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Seating is limited. Please call 202-501-5040, ext. 296, for reservations.
Friday, May 11- John F. Kennedy
*Being With John F. Kennedy, released 1990. John F. Kennedy was America's first television President. He used the medium to dazzle, debate, and defeat. Kennedy saw the office of the President as a piece of living history, and he considered television a new way to record that history. Exclusive candid photography shows JFK's progression from young senator to winning candidate, from dynamic President to burdened Chief-of-State. A film by Robert Drew. (100 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Seating is limited. Please call 202-501-5040, ext. 296, for reservations.
Friday, May 25- Memorial Day/Pearl Harbor
*Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance, released 1991. In honor of Memorial Day, and in conjunction with the release of the major motion picture Pearl Harbor, NARA presents this acclaimed documentary from Lance Bird and Tom Johnson. In its examination of American and Japanese attitudes toward each other during the decades leading up to World War II, this film uses a spectacular array of archival material from both Japan and the United States. The narrator, Jason Robards, was himself a witness to the attack while on board the USS Honolulu. (98 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Seating is limited. Please call 202-501-5040, ext. 296, for reservations.
College Park, MD Films (For descriptions of the College Park films, see previous listings)
Monday, April 16
*The Satellite Sky (60 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.
Monday, April 23
*Wild by Law (60 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.
Monday, May 14
*Being With John F. Kennedy (100 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.
Monday, May 21
*Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance (98 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.
For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700.w To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Events Line at: 202-501-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: www.archives.gov/about_us/calendar_of_events