Film Trailer



The film was wonderful.
I’m so glad you were able to save the history of New York City documentary
photography. Visually, culturally, historically, musically and personally,
the film does a great job of bringing an era and the
seminal Photo League to life – again.
— Cori Wells Braun, Photographer


MAIN CREDITS

DAEDALUS PRODUCTIONS, INC. PRESENTS
A FILM BY DANIEL ALLENTUCK AND NINA ROSENBLUM
CONTRIBUTING PRODUCER MARY ENGEL
NARRATED BY CAMPBELL SCOTT

ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE’S NEW YORK

END CREDITS

PRODUCED BY: DANIEL ALLENTUCK AND NINA ROSENBLUM

DIRECTED BY: DANIEL ALLENTUCK AND NINA ROSENBLUM

CONTRIBUTING PRODUCER: MARY ENGEL

WRITTEN BY: DANIEL ALLENTUCK

NARRATED BY: CAMPBELL SCOTT

CONSULTANTS: NAOMI ROSENBLUM, BONNIE YOCHELSON

EDITED BY: PETER MAUGERI, RUSSELL GREENE, ANGELO CORRAO, A.C.E.

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
DEJAN GEORGEVICH, A.S.C.
KENNETH ORTIZ

SOUND DESIGN BY: MAURICE SCHELL

ASSISTANT SOUND EDITOR: MARIUSZ GLABINSKI

SOUND MIX: LEE DICHTER, SOUND ONE CORP.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: LEA SCHELL

CREDIT ROLL

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY: PETER MAUGERI, JULES SHELL
AFTER FX EDITOR/TITLE DESIGN: SCOTT STRANGE
MUSIC RIGHTS CONSULTANT: CATHY CARAPELLA
VOICE OVER RECORDING: BEAUXREGARD NEYLON, THE SOUNDTRACK GROUP
NARRATION RE-RECORDING: MARSHALL MILES
PRODUCTION MANAGER: LIZ KRAUS
SOUND RECORDIST: GAUTHAM CHOUDHERY
ASSISTANT TO PRODUCERS: DANAE LAGOY
PHOTOSHOP: DANAE LAGOY
ORIGINAL TRANSFERS: DUART LABS
ON LINE: PRIME FOCUS
ASSISTANT CAMERA: LARRY PLANET
GAFFER: TOM MURPHY

PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS
“Muchacha viendo pajaros” (Girl looking at birds) Manuel Alvarez Bravo
© Colette Urbatjel/ Asociacion Manuel Alvarez Bravo, AC
“Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”, 1941
Photograph by Ansel Adams
© 2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
“Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands, California”, 1945
Photograph by Ansel Adams
© 2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Robert Capa
[Soldiers at farewell ceremony for the International Brigades, Les Masies,
Spain], October 25, 1938
© International Center of Photography/ Magnum Photos
“Berenice Abbott” Consuelo Kanaga, 1937, Gelatin Silver Print, 10 x 8 in. P1978.26
© Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, “Love Thy Neighbor”
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
“Cafe Metropole”, New York, 1946
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
“Dog Show”, New York, 1949
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
“Nick’s”, New York, 1941-1943
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
“Lower East Side”, New York
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
“They Honor Their Sons”, New York 1941-44
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
“Coney Island Bather”, New York, 1939-40
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
Three (3) Lisette Model portrait photographs
© Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983) by permission
Jackson Pollock, “Silver over Black, White, Yellow and Red,” 1948
© 2011 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Walter Rosenblum “Americans Rescued from French Surf, D-Day, June 7, 1944
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Will Michels in honor of Staff Sergeant Charles Denbo (Second Ranger Battalion, Easy Company), who was critically wounded, left for ded, and then rescued from Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944
Photograph courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Gerda Taro
[Robert Capa, Segovia front, Spain], late May/early June 1937
© International Center of Photography
“Dorothea Lange in Texas on the Plains”, Paul Taylor
© The Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of
Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
“… and the Living Suffer,” Mrs. Vanta Supik, Wife of the Dead Truck Driver,
September 7, 1944
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Gunman Killed by Off-Duty Cop at 344 Broome St., February 3, 1942
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Hold up man killed, November 24, 1941
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
“I Cried When I Took This Picture,” Ms. Henrietta Torres and Her Daughter
Ada watch as Another Daughter and her Son Die in Fire, December 15, 1939
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Balcony seats at a murder, 1939
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
“A couple driven out from the burning tenement…”, April 23, 1944
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Bowery, ca. 1943
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Unidentified Photographer
Weegee at his typewriter in the trunk of his 1938 ‘Chevy’, ca. 1943
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Unidentified Photographer
Photographer Weegee Disguised as an Ice Cream Peddler In Theater, ca. 1944
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee
My Studio, 1941
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Unidentified Photographer
The Genius of the Camera, ca. 1941
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee
Henry Geller, landlord at 312 E. Houston St., wept over the loss of his tobacco
shop on the first floor, July 28, 1941
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee
Simply Add Boiling Water, ca. 1937
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee
HEY!… The Cops won’t like this…, ca. 1945
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Weegee
Murder, ca. 1940
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Unidentified Photographer
Covering the Morning Police Line – Up, Manhattan Police Headquarters,
ca. 1939
© Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images
Unidentified Photographer
With Radio Cop – Los Angeles, ca. 1950
© Weegee/International Center of Photography
“Ansel Adams”, 1946
Photographs by Edward Weston
© 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
“Harlem”, ca. 1940
Photograph by Max Yavno
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
©1998 The University of Arizona Foundation
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsc-00192
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USF33-011408-M2
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsc-00241
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8b29516
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsca-12879
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8b29790
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsc-00195

Archives and photographers who have contributed their photographs to this film.

Lucy Ashjian Estate
Amon-Carter Museum of American Art
Ansel Adams Trust
Art Resource
Artists Rights Society
The Estate of the Lou Bernstein Photographic Legacy Black Star
Asociacion Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Brooklyn Museum
Estate of Rudy Burckhardt
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Vivian Cherry
Becky Cole
Commerce Graphics
John Cleary Gallery
Imogen Cunningham Trust
Stephen Daiter Gallery
Estate of Arnold Eagle
George Eastman House
Morris Engel Photo Archive
Getty Images
George Gilbert
Howard Greenberg Gallery
International Center of Photography
Sy Kattleston
Arthur Leipzig
Rebecca Lepkoff
Library of Congress
Estate of Sol Libsohn
Estate of Jerome Liebling
Lisette Model Foundation, Inc.
Barbara Morgan, Barbara Morgan Archive
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston National Archives
National Gallery of Canada
Marvin Newman
Oakland Museum of California
Ruth Orkin Photo Archive
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Sol Prom Archives
Pittsburgh Photographic Library
Estate of Rae Russel
Rosenblum Photography Archive
Joe Schwartz
Aaron Siskind Foundation
Ralph Steiner Estate
Erika Stone
Paul Strand Archive
University of Pittsburgh
VAGA, Inc.
Ida Wyman

FOOTAGE ARCHIVES

Critical Past
Footage Farm
Library of Congress
My Footage
National Archives
Shoah Foundation

MUSIC

“My Serenade” Written by Stephanie Grappelli & Jean Reinhardt
Published by Jewel Music
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy JSP Records

“Line by Line” Written by Steven Wood aka Stephen Warbeck
Published by Walt Disney Music
Performed by Steven Wood aka Stephen Warbeck
Courtesy Varese Sarabande

“Minor Swing” Written by Stephanie Grappelli & Jean Reinhardt
Published by Jewel Music
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy JSP Records

“An Unwelcome Friend” Written by Philip Glass
Published by Dunvagn Music Publishing
Performed by Philip Glass
Courtesy Paramount Music

“I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore” Written by Woody Guthrie
Published by The Richmond Organization
Performed by Woody Guthrie
Courtesy Smithsonian Folkways

“Photo League Song” Written by Henry Jeria, Mike Lee, George Orbendorfer
Performed by Henry Jeria, Mike Lee, George Orbendorfer

“Java Jive” Written by Milton Drake, Ben Oakland
Published by Sony ATV, Warner Chappell
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy Universal Music Enterprises

“Honeysuckle Rose” Written by Thomas Waller, Andy Razaf
Published by Warner Chappell, Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.
Performed by Coleman Hawkins
Courtesy JSP Records

“Jitterbug Waltz” Written by Thomas Waller
Published by Warner Chappell
Performed by Fats Waller
Courtesy JSP Records

“Vintage” Written by Patrick Laird
Published by 1st Mark Artists Management
Performed by Break of Reality
Courtesy 1st Mark Artists Management

“Fanfare for the Common Man” Written by Aaron Copland
Published by Imagem
Performed by Aaron Copland
Courtesy Boosey & Hawkes

“Blues Clair” Written by Jean Reinhardt
Published by Jewel Music
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy JSP Records

“Bei Mir Bist Du Schon” Written by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplan, Jacob Jacobs & Sholom Secunda
Published by Warner Chappell, Imagem
Performed by Glenn Miller & The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy Universal Music Enterprises

“Adolf (featuring Sam Browne)” Written by Annette Mills
Published by EMI Music
Performed by Ambrose and His Orchestra
Courtesy Silva America

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Written by Hughie Prince & Don Raye
Published by The Songwriters Guild of America, Universal Music Publishing
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy Universal Music Enterprises

“Better Day” Written by Brownie McGhee
Published by Bicycle Music
Performed by Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
Courtesy Smithsonian Folkways

“Til Then” Written by Sol Marcus, Edward Seiler & Guy Wood
Published by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy Universal Music Enterprises

“Morning Passages” Written by Philip Glass
Published by Disney Music
Performed by Philip Glass
Courtesy Paramount Music

“Au-Leu-Cha” Written by Charlie Parker & Miles Davis
Published by
Performed by Charlie Parker
Courtesy JSP Records

“Django’s Tiger” Written by Stephanie Grappelli & Jean Reinhardt
Published by Jewel Music
Performed by Django Reinhardt
Courtesy JSP Records

“Honeysuckle Rose” Written by Thomas Waller, Andy Razaf
Performed by Hazel Scott
Courtesy Ideal Records

“Hunted Twice” Written by Erik K. Skodvin & Otto Totland
Published by Type Recordings
Performed by Deaf Center
Courtesy Type Recordings

“Something She Has To Do” Written by Philip Glass
Published by Disney Music
Performed by Philip Glass
Courtesy Paramount Music

“Tearing Herself Away” Written by Philip Glass
Published by Dunvagn Music Publishing Inc.
Performed by Philip Glass
Courtesy Paramount Music

“Diga, Diga Do” Written by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh
Published by Shapiro Bernstein, EMI Music
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy JSP Records

SPECIAL THANKS

David Kowitz
Luisa Materassi
The Estate of Paul Strand, Trust Fund for Virginia Stevens
Howard Greenberg, The Howard Greenberg Gallery
Mason Klein, Curator of Fine Arts, The Jewish Museum, NY
Naomi Rosenblum
Joan Powers

THANKS

Stan Ackert
Prof. Stefano Andretti
International Center for Photography
Tony Bannon
Belma Buljubasic
Charles C. Bergman, Esq.
Paul Berlanga
Gary Borkan
Stephen Brown
Irwin Bernstein
John Broderick
Jacob Burkhardt
Kim Burris
Ben Chapnick
Cathy Carapella
Tammy Carter
Nina Caruso
Susan Charlas
John Cleary
Alicia Colen
Miriam Grossman Cohen
Sarah Corbin
Deborah Corsini
Catherine Courtier
Barbara Cupisti
Martin Czembor
Stephen Daiter
Lisa Davis
Morris Engel
Mary Engel
Catherine Evans
Natalie Evans
Margit Erb
Manuela Fugenzi
Barbara Galasso
Chris George
Sonja Georgevich
Jack Gescheidt
George Gilbert
Sue Goldman
The Hon. Emily Goodman
Brigette Besaw Gorman
Grossman
Maegan Hayward
Janet Hicks
Chester Higgins, Jr.
Jana Hill
Morris Huberland
Steven Humphries
Ruth Janson
Bill Jennings
Sy Kattelson
Sidney Kerner
Susan Kerner
Nathan Kerr
Jerome Liebling
Arthur Leipzig
Mimi Leipzig
Thomas Lisanti
Matthew Luxenberg
Jack Manning
Marie Manning
Karen Marks
Maria Grazie Meda
Miriam Meislik
Marshall Miles
Pierpaolo Mittica
Janet Morgan
Nils Morgan
Lida Moser
Arnold Newman
Alison Nordstrom
Rebecca Nordstrom
Marvin Newman
Officina Fotografia, Roma
Meg Partridge
Rick Perez
Gilbert Pietrzak
Stephen C. Pinson
Claudia Ponton
Sara and Paul Prestopino
Ali Price
Harvey Robinson
Tish Rosales
Lisa Rosenblum
Charles Rotkin
Jay Rubin, Sound One Corp.
Maurice Schell
Ed Schwartz
Louis Stettner
Joe Schwartz
Annie Segan
Ann Shanks
Rebecca Shaykin
Jules Shell
Kevin Smith
Rebecca Shaykin
Bruce Silverstein
Pak So
Allison Smith
Kevin Smith
Ronald D. Spencer, Esq.
Gary Springer
Erika Stone
Christine Tate
Anne Coleman Torrey
Tri-State Public Communications
Anne Wilkes Tucker
Aurelia Shajna Alvarez Urbajtel
Julia Van Haaften
Claartje Van Dijk
Sydney C. Van Nort
Dennis Watlington
Michael Welsh
Murray Weiss
Cynthia Young
Francesco Zizola
10b Photography Gallery, Rome
Darryl Zudeck

Unattributed photograph of Eugene W. Smith by Harold Feinstein

(c) 2012 Daedalus Productions, Inc.