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Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977$
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Joshua Glick

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293700

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293700.001.0001

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Downtown Development and the Endeavors of Filmmaker Kent Mackenzie

Downtown Development and the Endeavors of Filmmaker Kent Mackenzie

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(p.40) 2 Downtown Development and the Endeavors of Filmmaker Kent Mackenzie
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Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977
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Joshua Glick

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293700.003.0003

At the same time that Wolper was building his studio and staffing it with the producers Mel Stuart, Alan Landsburg, and Jack Haley Jr., film school graduates were looking for employment in the city. This chapter focuses on Kent Mackenzie, who, like other talented, university-trained filmmakers, worked for Wolper Productions, the USIA, and film firms that catered to the educational and business sectors. These jobs offered a rewarding alternative to studio fiction but also entailed ideological and formal constraints. During this period, Mackenzie drew on the resources of his day jobs, along with the pro bono efforts of his colleagues, to make The Exiles (1961). Examining the major thrust of Mackenzie’s career reveals the professional challenges and opportunities for young filmmakers interested in making socially engaged documentary.

Keywords:   Kent Mackenzie, film school, The Exiles, USIA

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