Richard Searls Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (2,600 ft.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm. print.
Secondary Format and Extent
video (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Collection Date Range
1976 - 1980
Summary
Collection contains two documentaries. "Dead River Rough Cut" (1977) depicts four seasons in northern Maine; two middle-aged men hunt, trap and log, and share reflections about lives and personal issues. "Trap Day" (1977) depicts the annual midwinter ritual of setting lobster traps on Monhegan Island. "Cut and Run" (1980), narrated by Marshall Dodge, addresses the relationship between Maine woodsmen and the paper companies, including problems of health and safety in the woods, mechanization, and labor organizing. Collection also contains a docudrama, "First Encounters" [ca.1980], about disabled people and others' responses to them, including interviews with disabled and other actors in the film about issues raised by this work. See also Stuart Silverstein Collection and Richard Searls & Stuart Silverstein Collection.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Richard Searls is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Maine. "Dead River Rough Cut" features woodsmen Bob Wagg and Walter Lane.
People and Organizations
Walter Lane, Bob Wagg
Place(s)
Items in this collection: 20
Showing 1 - 10 of 20:
1) Trap Day
Videtape copy of film about the annual midwinter ritual of setting lobster traps by the lobstermen on Monhegan Island. Narration throughout is by young boy and girl reciting poem about...more
2) First Encounters
Docudrama about disabled people and others' response to them. Opens with two mimes and film crew. Phone conversation. Trains. Man in wheelchair. Manufacturing plant. Plant manager inter...more
3) Dead River Rough Cut DISTRIBUTION MASTER
DISTRIBUTION MASTER. // This 1 in. tape was donated by Richard Searls and retrieved from Downeast Duplication in March, 2004. // Classic, 'old' version of film. // For distribution dupl...more
4) Dead River Rough Cut Director's Cut DISTRIBUTION MASTER
DISTRIBUTION MASTER. // This Digital Betacam tape was created on 08/13/2002. // New, 'director's cut' version of film. // For distribution duplication only.more
5) Dead River Rough Cut
FOR REFERENCE ONLY. // This is the 30 minute version of the film. // Four seasons in a remote wilderness of northern Maine, two middle aged men live in a tarpaper shack, hunting, trappi...more
6) [Project Visions--a roll]
See collection folder for details.more
7) [Project Visions--b roll]
See collection folder for details.more
8) [Cut and Run--audio track]
Box labeled: 'Cut+Run R-1.' // See collection folder for additional details.more
9) [Cut and Run--audio track]
Box labeled: 'Cut+Run R-2.' // See collection folder for additional details.more
10) [Cut and Run--outtakes]
Outtakes/workprint for Cut and Run. // See collection folder for additional details.more
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