Press Release
Press Release ยท Friday, February 20, 1998

Press Release
February 20, 1998
April Films at the National Archives and Records Administration

Washington, DC . . . The National Archives and Records Administration presents a free film series "America by Design," in conjunction with the exhibit "Designs For Democracy." Daytime showings will feature archival film, documentaries, and short subjects relating to architecture, design, and inventions. Evening screenings will present American feature films that represent outstanding examples of costume, set, and lighting design.

The screenings will be held in the theater of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW and in the auditorium the National Archives at College Park, which is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. All programs are free and open to the public. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (202) 501-5000.


Friday, April 3- America by Design
*Mary Jane Colter: House Made of Dawn, 1997. Focusing on the Native American and Spanish heritage of the Southwest, Mary Jane Coulter’s buildings provide a historical, cultural, and natural understanding of their environment. The filmmaker, Karen Bartlett, will introduce the screenings. Presented in participation with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. (90 minutes.) Noon and 7 P.M. Theater.

Friday, April 10- America by Design
*Archival Film: Henry Ford and His Times. In the early 1900s the Ford Motor Company produced a series of educational short subjects that document the many innovations and technological advances of that time. The Ford Historical Film Collection was later donated to the National Archives. Today we present a selection of these films along with Mirror of America, a 1964 compilation film produced by the National Archives from the Ford Collection. (60 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Thursday, April 16- America by Design
*Intolerance, 1916. D. W. Griffith’s epic silent film is a landmark in the history of cinema, not only for its innovations in editing and story structure but for its meticulously researched and detailed set and costume designs. Weaving four stories from different historical eras (ancient Babylon, the life of Christ