Roz Payne, Activist and Founding Member of Newsreel Film Collective, Dies

HeadlineMay 22, 2019

And Roz Payne, a founding member and longtime archivist of the Newsreel Film Collective, has passed away. Formed in 1967 by filmmakers, photographers and media workers, Newsreel produced and screened films on the Columbia University student strike, the Black Panthers and anti-imperialism. Roz Payne wrote, “We decided to make films that would show another side to the news. It was clear to us that the established forms of media were not going to approach those subjects which threaten their very existence. Our films tried to analyze, not just cover, the realities that the media, as part of the system, always ignores.”

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