Documentary shorts at Temple Cinematheque this Friday

FRI April 22, 2011, 3:00 PM
This Friday the Temple Cinematheque presents two influential documentary shorts on 16mm:

In the Street (1948, US, James Agee, Helen Levitt, and Janice Loeb, 16 min) A silent short using hidden cameras to document Harlem street life in New York in the 1940s.  The work continues photographer Helen Levitt’s interest in street photography, especially portraits of children, and Agee’s interest in social documentation.

Momma Don’t Allow (1955, UK, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson, 22 min) Pioneering documentary of the Free Cinema movement, documenting one evening at a North London jazz club in the 1950s.  The film influenced the soon-to-emerge British New Wave, and both Reisz and Richardson went on to become key figures in that movement.

I attended a short film showcase at the Temple Cinematheque a few weeks ago and was very impressed with both the quality of the projections and the films themselves.  See you Friday.

The Temple Cinematheque is located in the basement of Annenberg Hall (room 3) at 13th and Norris Streets.  Admission is free.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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