Projections of America

Poster for Projections of America Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Riskin headed up a secret film unit that sought to redefine America in the eyes of the world during the darkest days of World War II. The filmmakers created powerful short documentaries that showed America's strength not through images of tanks, but in portraits of farmers, school children and window washers. The "Projections of America" films were brilliant, moving portraits of America that were unlike any films ever made before, but seventy years later they are forgotten, hidden away in government archives. Narrated by John Lithgow, PROJECTIONS OF AMERICA tells the dramatic story of Riskin and his team, and the risks they took to project a profoundly democratic vision of the nation that would soon emerge as the most powerful on earth.

52 minutes
Peter Miller

Shown at

  1. 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. Berkshire Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. PJFF Fall Festival - 2015
  7. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    It was sort of a combination of the Voice of America and the WPA. To aid the war effort, many Hollywood screenwriters and assorted behind-the-camera creatives joined the Office of War Information to produce propaganda short subjects for audiences in non-aligned nations and the newly liberated Europe. Widely screened at the time, these films have been largely unseen since the early 1950s. Peter Miller surveys the films and celebrates the filmmakers who collaborated on them in Projections of America (trailer here), which screens during the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    You’ll forgive me if this is brief because the film is nigh impossible to critique. A breezy no nonsense film it tells you everything you need to know about the films and why their shunting to a back alley of film history is a real shame. Quite honestly these films deserve to be seen and discussed and not sort of looked at without the proper historical context.

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