John E. O'Connor Film Award 2008

By Staff

Every year, in tribute to his leadership in teaching and research regarding film and history, the American Historical Association announces this award in honor of John E. O'Connor, New Jersey Institute of Technology. The grant recognizes and supports intellectual exceptional approaches through the medium of film or video. The award, presented in the form of a certificate, has in the past decade and a half, come to represent recognition of excellence in film and history.

As usual, the American Historical Association's 123rd Annual Meeting will host a film festival, which will including the winner of the 2008 John E. O'Connor Award: Revolution '67. The film presents an account of the July 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersy, in which 26 people died. The film explains the racial, economic, and political forces behind the urban rebellions of the 1960s through archival footage, animations, and interviews with Newark residents, police, politicians, and historians. The film will be shown on Saturday, January 3, 12:00-2:00pm followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno.


Revolution '67, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, producer and director; Jerome Bongiorno, editor, animator, and cinematographer (California Newsreel, 2008)


Sacco and Vanzetti (Willow Pond Films, 2007) director and producer: Peter Miller, editor and producer: Amy Carey Linton


By committe decision, the John E. O'Connor Film Award was not granted for this year


Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision, David Lebrun, producer, writer, director, and editor (Night Fire Films, Inc.)


Morning Sun, Carma Hinton, producer, Richard Gordon, director and producer, and Geremie Barme, director, producer, and writer (Longbow Group 2003)


The Intolerable Burden, directed by Chea Prince and produced by Constance Curry (both of Blue Stream Productions)


The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rich Tejada-Flores (Paradigm Productions Inc. in association with the Independent Television Service)


Stranger with a Camera, Elizabeth Barret, producer and director (Appalshop and Kentucky Educational Television, co-producers in association with Independent Television Service)


Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians, 2000, directed by Anne Makepeace. (Anne Makepease Productions, Inc., and WNET producers; Bullfrog Films Distributor)


Rabbit in the Moon, Emiko Omori, director and producer


The War Symphonies: Shostakovich versus Stalin, Larry Weinstein, producer (Rhombus Media)


A World Inscribed, Kathleen McDonough, writer, producer, and director


Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, Rick Goldsmith, co-writer and producer


FDR, David Grubin, writer and producer (David Grubin Productions)


Freedom on my Mind, Connie Field and Marilyn Mumford, directors (Clarity Film Porductions)


Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, Penne Bender, Joshua Brown, and Andrea Andes Vasquez, directors (American Social History Project at Hunter College-CUNY)

The Staff appreciates the work of the American Historical Association in publicizing this award.