The Short Films
AKBAR – A conversation with Ahmad Akbar, a black filmmaker, friend, and former film student at Kent State University. Akbar (not his real name), expresses an unusual view of himself, blacks in America, and such varied subjects as “This moon race shit!” Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1971.
Bill and Ruby – Bill and Ruby owned a novelty store near Akron, Ohio. The film explores their world and their relationship to the ‘objects’ in the store—and to each other
Da – Nora Belle West Croft, better known as Da, is the 90-year-old grandmother of Richard Myers. She has appeared in three of his feature films. This film is a simple conversation with her at her home in Massillon, Ohio. Sharing her personal photo album prompts her recollections of early Massillon and details of everyday life. It is a loving portrait from grandson to grandmother
Allison – The film is a portrait of Allison Krause, one of the students murdered at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 by the Ohio National Guard. It is a memorial put together from footage that Richard Myers and his students filmed of Allison (unknowingly at the time) during student war demonstrations. The film’s images are very simple but the soundtrack read by Arthur Krause, Allison’s father, is deeply moving.
Confrontation at Kent State – On May 4, 1970, four students on Kent State University’s campus were shot to death and many others seriously wounded by members of the Ohio National Guard. After the tragedy, Richard Myers and a small group of faculty and students put together a motion picture which documents this confrontation.