Hasta Sacramento 1966 HD Video Joins Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

Hasta Sacramento 1966 HD Video Joins Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

One Life: Dolores Huerta Exhibit Opening

Hasta Sacramento march to the Capitol
April, 1966. Farm Workers March to Sacramento. Dolores Huerta Traveling Exhibit Opens March 9, 2019 in Sacramento.

Hasta Sacramento Video Added to Traveling Exhibition

In July, 2015, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, opened their exhibit One Life: Dolores Huerta. Dolores spoke at the opening in Washington, DC,  in front of a mural sized blow up of Harvey Richards iconic photo of Dolores holding up a “Huelga” sign during the 1965 grape strike.  Other photos by Harvey Richards are included in the exhibit as well. Starting in March 2019, the exhibit will be traveling around the United States to many Smithsonian affiliated museums. It will open in Sacramento at the California Museum on March 9, 2019 with a grand opening event that includes Dolores Huerta in attendance.

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services added the Harvey Richards Media Archive Hasta Sacramento 1966 video (see below to watch the 7 minute video) to the Dolores Huerta Traveling exhibit. Hasta Sacramento 1966 video chronicles the National Farm Worker’s Association march from Delano to Sacramento, California. The video has been widely viewed on our YouTube Channel since 2011. For the new Dolores Huerta Traveling Exhibit coming up March 9, the video has been upgraded to high definition with the newly acquired digital scans made directly from the original film of The Land Is Rich.

The new high definition version is now available on YouTube and embedded here below on this post. Seeing 53 years old footage from the historic march to Sacramento come alive in crystal clear and sharp images is an inspiring and thrilling sight, in these times of growing strike movements and expanding democratic socialist popularity.

More High Definition Videos Coming Soon

The high definition version of Hasta Sacramento is the first of many (soon to encompass all) of the Harvey Richards Media Archive short preview videos to be bumped up to high def. The high definition upgrades are excellently done by Producer’s Library Service in Los Angeles. By the time the exhibit opens next month, all 22 of Harvey Richards’ films will be converted to high definition. The converted preview videos will appear later in the coming weeks and months on YouTube and in the pages of the Archive web site.

Closed Captions for All Videos

While adding the high definition digital versions of all the films is a great step forward for viewers, publishers, film makers and the Archive, adding closed captions to the videos is an equally large step. Currently, closed captions accompany all of the films by Harvey Richards available on Kanopy, a video service that libraries and educational institutions around the country subscribe to for their students and patrons. As the new high definition scans go into the collection, closed captions will become standard for all our DVDs. With captions now also becoming available for the videos previews on YouTube, internet searches will be able to locate the films and the subjects within them with greater ease, boosting the visibility of the films and the activity of the Archive.

Hasta Sacramento 1966 available in DVD format for institutions

When the Smithsonian Institution added Hasta Sacramento to their traveling exhibit, it marked the first time that one of the preview short films, made years ago to introduce viewers to the radical films of Harvey Richards, became available as a DVD. The short 7 minute video is free on YouTube so the DVD version has a limited role to play offering institutions the opportunity to license the short video as a stand alone piece at the institutional DVD rate instead of the more costly license for video footage. Other short preview videos will also become available as DVDs as demands arise.

It has taken years of steady growth for the Harvey Richards Media Archive collection of radical films to find the means and opportunity to do these upgrades. It is possible now as a the result of the continued high level of interest in the radical upsurge of the 1960s and 70s that shows no sign of diminishing any time soon. For the Archive, this new high level of interest has brought increased public awareness of a film collection that celebrates the legacy of the 1960s and 70s with images of protest and demonstrations that changed the world then, and which will help inspire current generations to raise the banners of peace, justice and a healthy planet even higher in the future.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

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