Free Owsley Sunday Film: The News was Reel: Infotainment and the Newsreel

4X3 FilmKlub

In the early 2000s, with the transition to digital formats, thousands of media departments deaccessioned their 16mm film libraries. Films were either given away, or literally dumped in landfills, believing that the format was dead. As a student at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Ryan Daly worked on the behalf of the school salvaging eighty-thousand 16mm prints from Allegheny County media department. The task proved too expensive for the school and the films were offered up to Ryan Daly who established Cinemanonymous Film Archive in 2003.

Specializing in rare and often unseen amateur, experimental, industrial, sponsored and educational films, Cinemanonymous Film Archive is a vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing from this collection, Ryan Daly has organized several film programs under the moniker 4×3 FilmKlub since that time. Presenting a variety of thematic programs–all screening in the original 16mm format–4×3 FilmKlub is showcase of rarely-screened short films.

The themes range from dance films, screen tests, animated oddities, corporate comedies, first time filmmakers, silent films, commercial advertisements, educational films, experimental films, home movies, cartoons, and newsreels. These rare, forgotten, forbidden, and amazing short 16mm films are a must-see-to-believe cinematic experience with each program introduced by Daly.

The News was Reel: Infotainment and the Newsreel
Various Directors

Sunday, March 25, 1 pm


A newsreel is a form of short documentary film prevalent between 1910s to 1960s, containing filmed news stories and items of topical interest. Typically exhibited as short subjects preceding the main feature film, newsreels were a source of news, current affairs, and entertainment for millions of moviegoers. There were dedicated newsreel theaters in many major cities in the 1930s and 1940s, and some large city theatres also included a smaller cinema where newsreels were screened continuously throughout the day. This is a program of the most sensational newsreels, where news and entertainment intersect and the boundaries journalism and filmmaking blur the distinction between fact and fiction. 1921–1960, running time: 62 minutes.

  1. Newman Laugh-O-Grams – Walt Disney (3 min) 1921
  2. Monkies is The Cwaziest Peoples (7 min) 1932
  3. Adventures of a Cameraman: How the Other Half Lived (7 min) 1932
  4. Jungle Marauder – (7 min) 1943
  5. Death in the Arena – (7 min) 1948
  6. Adventures of a Cameraman: Filming the Fashions (7 min) 1932
  7. Daredevils Dare Devil (4 mins) 1960