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Cause Without a Rebel

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Film Identifier: F.2006-06-0001
Run Time
0h 8m 47s
Date Produced
A documentary exploring political apathy among white college students at Northwestern University during the civil rights movement. The film contrasts traditional college activities (football games, hanging out, attending classes) with political activism (marching, speeches by Martin Luther King, getting arrested and police brutality, and racist violence). The film uses time lapse, slow-motion, and still frames to both indict and activate disengaged youth.
00:10 - Music - Northwestern Alma Matta song, VS Time lapse, NW marching band on field during football game, marching band conductor, cheerleaders, marching band trumpeter 01:29 - LS Pan across empty stadium - soundtrack loud crowd cheering / Music “We Shall Overcome” (Pete Seeger?) 01:45 - LS Ext. slow motion students exiting NW building, students in line for registration 03:02 - MLS bell tower, HA empty desks in classroom, CU Stills woman student at desk, sound track of Dr. MLK’s “I have a dream” speech 03:56 - Sound of Marching Band over photo of folk singer performing to large crowd in front of Washington Monument 04:21 - MS Students in diner, MS Students protesting racial bias, stills of civil right marches and protest intercut with cheer leaders 05:09 - CU Coffee cup in automated coffee machine / MS Students buying coffee in cafeteria intercut with stills of civil rights march CU Students smoking in diner intercut with still photo of burned out car 06:41 - LS Church clock tower, LS Slow motion female student runs towards camera, stills students, Sound of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you” speech 08:23-08:47 - Title “This film was produced through funds made available by the Northwestern University Film Society”, “We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of the following and sincerely thank them - Northwestern Department of Radio, Television and Film; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ; Syllabus, WNBQ-TV”
Main Credit
Northwestern University Film Society (corporate name)
WNBQ TV (corporate name)
Kuttner, Peter (is filmmaker)
Additional Credits
Kuttner, Peter (is contributor)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Ferguson, Sheppard (is participant)
Related Places
Chicago (production location of)
Evanston (production location of)