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The NYU Educational Film Institute was created by Spencer Pollard with the Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1939. The institute provided teacher training and training for film technicians.
Made by the NYU Educational Film Institute, 'Valley Town' (click the image above to play above) is a social documentary showing the damage visited on the people of a Pennsylvania steel town by the deployment of new technology. Directed by Willard Van Dyke and written by Spencer Pollard. Read More
A major early influence for many filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese. Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' is dedicated to Manoogian. “He had such energy, such passion,” Scorsese tells Richard Schickel in 'Conversations with Scorsese' (speaking of Haig Manoogian). “I said to myself, That’s where I want to be, with this person.”
An umbrella unit of five departments is formed: the Department of Radio, Department of Motion Pictures, Department of Journalism , Department of Dramatic Art, and the Department of Communications in Education. In 1956, the Department of Radio and Department of Motion Pictures combined into Department of Television, Motion Pictures and Radio. Read the full 1956 Brochure