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.

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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)

2001

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

2000

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)

1999

Rabbit in the Moon, Emiko Omori, director and producer

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1995

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

1994

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

1993

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.