Throughout the 1960s, it was a common sight at local Bay Area demonstrations of any size to see Richards standing atop his station wagon or van, two still cameras around his neck, looking through a tripod mounted motion picture camera. During his active years as a photographer, from 1958 to 1978, Richards produced twenty two documentary films (listed below) on many subjects including farm labor, the civil rights movement locally and in Mississippi, and the peace and anti-war movements, including two films made in 1961 about women and children in the Soviet Union. His concern for the environment led to films exposing the wasteful forestry practices going on nationally, especially in northern California and in Oregon, where he was born and raised. Below this page, or through the drop down menus above, you can find posts containing film clips from each movie along with a short description of the film and a buy now button that will take you to the Esutary Press Store to order a film.
List of the Documentary Films of Harvey Richards In Chronological Order
About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects. All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.
1966, 27 min., color, DVD California Farm Workers Grape Strike and March to Sacramento Harvey Richards filmed the United Farm Workers march to Sacramento in 1966 to win the right to unionize for California farm workers. Starting out in Delano … Continue reading →
1963, 31 min., black/white, DVD Share Croppers and Voter Registration Activists Tell Their Stories. We’ll Never Turn Back contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain … Continue reading →
1965, 35 min., black/white, DVD 1960’s Bay Area Protest Movement in the Streets Decision in the Streets shows the tumultuous beginnings of the Bay Area civil rights and peace protest movement from 1960 to 1965. Street demonstrations in the Bay … Continue reading →
1962, 21 min., black/white, DVD Everyman Protested Nuclear Testing Everyman is the name of a film about a boat built in 1961 in Sausalito by Bay Area peace movement activists to sail into Pacific Ocean nuclear test zones to protest nuclear … Continue reading →
1968, 19 min., black/white, DVD GI’s March in Vietnam War Protest No Greater Cause chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring the massive confrontations between police and anti-draft protestors in l967; the giant … Continue reading →
1963, 22 min., color, DVD The Stump Makers: “Cutting the Lungs Out of the Planet” Judy Bari In The Stump Makers, Harvey Richards presents footage of wasteful forest practices and ecological devastation caused by major logging companies’ clear cutting operations in California … Continue reading →
1964, 18 min., color, DVD Wasted Woods: “Cut and Get Out. After Us, the Deluge and the Desert.” Wasted Woods shows corporate destruction of the forest on the West Coast during the 1950’s and 60’s. In a period of booming log … Continue reading →
1975, 28 min., color, DVD Clear Cutting Threatens the Survival of the Species Vanishing Redwoods depicts the delicate natural balance required for the growth and survival of redwood forests. Photographed in northern California and Oregon, it shows how the logging industry’s … Continue reading →
1971, 23 min., color, DVD Deforestation: “After us, the deluge and the desert.” Timber Tigers consume the forests using the corporate logging practices we know as clear cutting. Approaching the environment as an input to create profits is a narrow view … Continue reading →
1960, 24 min., color, DVD Butte, Montana, The Richest Hill on Earth Perch of the Devil is about the hard rock miners of Butte, Montana, and the copper strike of 1959. Harvey Richards traveled to Butte, Montana in the 1959 … Continue reading →