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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2009
We are looking for the 35mm negative and the 16mm reduction elements of this important film on New Orleans jazz. The academy leader on the film indicates that the film laboratory that processed and printed the film was Movielab in New York City. The lab closed and the unclaimed films were picked up by various collectors.
"The Cradle is Rocking" was directed by Frank DeCola who died in the early 1970s. Frank was a talented filmmaker and composer and was enlisted in a program run by George Stevens Jr. during the Kennedy years. That program sponsored young filmmakers to make films for the United States Information Service, for showing abroad in USIA libraries. Tom Davenport was the cameraman on the project and it was shot in B&W 35mm film. Anthony Loeb was the producer. This print is from Tom Davenport's collection and as you see, it is in bad shape. We have been able to locate one other print, a 16mm reduction print in good shape. Both prints are archived in the Folkstreams collection in the Soutern Folklife Collection at the University of NC in Chapel Hill.