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Reporting America at War [research], Box 1

Reporting America at War [reference], Box 1-2

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Title: Insignia Films Collection, circa 2003Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:circa 2003


Primary Creator: Insignia Films

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Insignia Films Collection consists of approximately 120 stock footage video tapes, 189 photographs, 7 CDs, newspaper headline reproductions, background research materials, and reference materials for the majority of video, photographs, and audio used for the Insignia Films series, "Reporting America at War." See here for Series 1: Reporting America at War [stock footage], Series 2: Reporting America at War [stock audio], Series 3: Reporting America at War [stills].

Collection Historical Note

Co-produced by WETA-TV, "Reporting America at War" explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century. From San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf, the three-hour documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Ives tells the dramatic and often surprising stories of the reporters who witnessed and wrote the news from the battlefield. "Reporting America at War" aired nationally on PBS during the fall of 2003. Ives founded Insignia Films in 1988 to pursue his filmmaking interests. Insignia Films has since produced more than twenty hours of critically-acclaimed television programming and has earned a reputation as one of the foremost producers of historical documentaries in the country. Ives' first film, "Lindbergh", premiered the third season of the PBS series American Experience and has since been rebroadcast four times on national public television. After serving as a consulting producer on Ken Burns' series "The Civil War' and "Baseball", Ives then spent the next five years producing and directing the twelve and-one-half-hour, eight-part series "The West." Since "The West", Ives and Insignia Films have been responsible for the production of two cinema verité films about American arts institutions. The feature-length film "Cornerstone", about one of America's most innovative and provocative theatrical ensembles, aired on the HBO network in the fall of 1999. "The Amato Opera", Ives' film portrait of the world's smallest opera company, aired nationally on PBS in December of 2001. Ives and his team at Insignia Films produced the Emmy-winning "Seabiscuit", a documentary portrait of the Depression-era thoroughbred champion that aired on the American Experience in 2002. The goals of Insignia Films are to continue to develop a wide-ranging and distinctive body of documentary films, and to develop feature film projects for public television based on American historical stories. Insignia Films is based in New York City. The company regularly co-produces films with the nation’s leading public television stations, including WETA-TV, Washington, WBGH, Boston, and WNET, New York.

Administrative Information

Repository: FMA Film & Media Archive

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Related Materials: Reporting America at War

Preferred Citation: [Name of the Collection], Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections.

Processing Information: Process by the Film and Media staff, 2007-2009

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[Series 4: Reporting America at War [research], Box 1],
[Series 5: Reporting America at War [reference], Box 1-2],

Series 4: Reporting America at War [research], Box 1Add to your cart.
Contains newspaper headlines, articles, book excerpts, and bibliographies used as research for the Insignia Films series, "Reporting America at War." Topics include: World War I, the Spanish Civil War, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, Spanish American War, Richard Harding Davis, the Korean War, journalist David Halberstam's Congo, the Vietnam War, World War II, and journalist Ernie Pyle.
Series 5: Reporting America at War [reference], Box 1-2Add to your cart.
Consists of tape log sheets and still reference sheets for the Insignia Films series, "Reporting America at War."
Sub-Series 5.1: Reporting America at War log sheets, Box 1Add to your cart.

Log sheets, varying in detail, for stock footage screener tapes. Tapes were given 4-digit numbers: 1000-1065, interviews; 2000-2162, archives; 5000-5108, master archives; 8000-8011, master music; 9000-9011, master stills/animation.  Log sheets and/or information on tapes were not available for all materials listed in the "master list" (see folder 1). Folders contain any/all printed information pertaining to these numbered screener tapes.

65 folders

Sub-Series 5.2: Reporting America at War photo reference materials, Box 2Add to your cart.

Photographic stills reference sheets with source information for still imagery used in the Insignia Films production "Reporting America at War." The photos referred to show images of the program's featured war correspondents, battle sites (e.g. D-Day invasion), and other war-related images.  Also includes a few newspaper related images, such as newsboys, people reading newspapers, and headlines. Of particular note are Richard Harding Davis, Stephen Crane,  Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Lillian Hellman, Robert Capa, Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle,  Lawernce Edward ("Larry") Lesueur, Eric Sevareid, Doris Fleeson, Charles Kiley, Oram C. ("Bud") Hutton, Richard C. Hottelet, Charles Collingwood, Gen. George S. Patton, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, members of the "Writing 69th" (comprised of Homer Bigart, Walter Cronkite, Gladwin Hill, Paul Manning, Robert Post, Andy Rooney, Denton Scott, and  William Wade), David Halberstam, Morley Safer, Peter Arnett, Malcolm W. Browne, Gloria Emerson, Horst Faas, Chris Hedges, and Christiane Amanpour.

18 folders

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