Speeding? is a short film for driver’s educational classes on speeding and is still widely used. Alec Hirschfeld is the cameraman and Block populates the film with actors from television and Hollywood films (Lucille Benson, Anne Dusenberry, Jeffery Kramer, Dick Miller, Vincent Schiavelli, Ray Sharkey, Jessie White and Gigi Vorgan) and gives directors Martin Brest and Stephen Verona rare onscreen apperances. The Corona, California traffic unit and the California Highway Patrol provide the film with the reality of working traffic officers. A student at UCLA remarked after a screening, “How did you happen to film all of those movie stars after they got a ticket?” After making his first film ...no lies, a serious work, Block wanted to do something with some comedy that would also continue to explore reality and fiction in a film that would mix actors and real people. What could be better than police in uniforms and speeders? Speeding? was done as a UCLA Project 3 while Block was in the doctoral program. The film received a production grant from the American Film Institute.
A film by Mitchell Block and Alec Hirschfeld
Running Time: 21 minutes
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...no lies presents itself as a cinema vérité documentary. A film student interviews a friend to fulfill a class assignment. Shot in one day at Park Avenue and 33rd Street in New York, at the home of filmmaker Muffie Mayer, the film features cameraman Alex Hirschfeld and actress Shelby Leverington. It was made by Mitchell Block as his MFA thesis at NYU, School of the Arts, Institute of Film and Television, Graduate Division in 1972. Block has written about this film in “F is for Phony” (Univ. of Minn. Press, Sept. 2006.) Contact Direct Cinema for a poster/study guide, “making of” article and a bibiliography. ...no lies is cited in 17 books on cinema productions and studies. ...no lies won over 40 film festival awards and, packaged as “A Woman’s Special,” won an Emmy for WGBH.
Directed by Mitchell Block
Camera by Alec Hirschfeld
"The Woman": Shelby Leverington
Running Time: 16 minutes
..no lies Rehearsal Tapes: A week before the shoot, filmmakers shot a rehearsal at Block’s home. On the day of the shoot, they set up in the morning and shot a run through at the location prior to shooting the film. The film was shot in color negative film. Rehearsal Tapes were recorded on a Sony Portapak, using 1/2 inch, black and white reel to reel tape. The tapes were recovered and are now available for the first time, thanks to Alan Bloom, California State University Los Angeles.
Running Time Tape One: 16 minutes
Running Time Tape Two: 15 minutes
"While Speeding? is definitely traffic oriented, the stimulation it can provide for discussion is not limited to considerations of traffic violations as such, but can be easily be used in a variety of social studies, psychology, or `problems` classes wherever a realistic focus on attitudes is desired."
-Journal of Traffic Safety Education
"The offenders` self-righteous, sarcastic, and usually amusing comments are recognizable as typical motorist reactions... this entertaining production will promote relevant discussion..."
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