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National Archives Screens Documentary -Projections of America- on October 14
Press Release · Thursday, October 8, 2015

Washington, DC

On Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a documentary screening of “Projections of America” (2014; 52 minutes). More than a documentary about filmmaking, “Projections of America” is a story about the audacity of trying to build a better world in the midst of the most devastating conflict in human history. The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmaker Peter Miller and Victoria Riskin, daughter of writer Robert Riskin and actress Fay Wray.

The program is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution at 7th Street NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

"Projections of America"

During the darkest hour of World War II, a team of idealistic U.S. Government filmmakers hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world. As Allied forces liberated Western Europe, the propaganda effort that accompanied the military campaign centered on 26 short documentaries about American life targeted at the newly liberated populations. The “Projections of America” films presented stories of cowboys and oilmen, farmers and window washers, immigrants and school children—capturing both the optimism and the contradictions of American democracy.

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