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Archive Fever! 7.0 - From the Temple University Archives

Three Temple University student films by Stanford Professor/filmmaker Jan Krawitz

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The School of Theater, Film and Media Arts (TFMA) at Temple University is happy to present another installment in the IHP’s series Archive Fever! TFMA maintains an extensive 16mm film print archive that spans from the beginning of its film program in the late 1960's through the mid-1990’s when many film festivals began accepting videotape copies of productions recorded on film. The TFMA film print archive provides a rich sampling of the work and talent of many of its undergraduate and graduate filmmakers from this period. For this year's installment, we're delighted to present a curation of three excellent films made by Jan Krawitz.


dir. Jan Krawitz, USA, 1976, 16mm, 10mins. b/w
Styx offers an impressionistic view of the subterranean world of a metropolitan subway system. Joining an anonymous mass of commuters, the camera embarks on a journey across a decaying cityscape.

Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff

dir. Jan Krawitz, USA, 1979, 16mm, 29mins. b/w
The arduous lifestyle of a travelling tent circus often contradicts the romantic notion of “running away with a circus.” This film documents the daily routines of the small, family-owned Franzen Bros. Circus. While focusing on those aspects of the circus that are not generally accessible to the circus audience, Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff captures the magic and the routine of circus life.

A Chicken in Every Pot

dir. Jan Krawitz, USA, 1978, 16mm, 29mins. color

Co-Directed with Thomas Ott, Krawitz also recorded production sound on this documentary about some of the street merchants along South Philadelphia's Italian Market in the late 1970's. The film focuses primarily on one family, the Anastasi's, who run a fresh fish market on the corner of 9th Street & Washington Avenue. Serving as a time capsule of a bygone era, the film offers a precious view of one family's pursuit of the American Dream.  Today, the Anastasi family continues to operate its fish market and has expanded its operation to include a successful seafood restaurant.

Jan Krawitz received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Temple University in January 1979.  Along with a successful career as an award-winning filmmaker, Krawitz is a Professor who teaches documentary film and video production as well as film studies in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University in California. She has also served for many years as the Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford.

Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for 35 years. Her work has been exhibited at film festivals in the United States and abroad, including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Edinburgh, SilverDocs, London, Sydney, Full Frame, South by Southwest and the Flaherty Film Seminar. She has recently completed Perfect Strangers, a documentary that follows one woman as she embarks on an unpredictable, four-year journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Krawitz’s previous film, Big Enough, was broadcast on the national PBS series P.O.V. and internationally in eighteen countries. Her documentaries, Mirror Mirror, In Harm’s Way, Little People, and Drive-in Blues were all broadcast on national PBS and her short film Styx is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Little People was nominated for a national Emmy Award and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Krawitz has had one-woman retrospectives of her films at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Rice Media Center, the Austin Film Society, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. In 2011, she was awarded an artist’s residency at Yaddo.