Film to Digital Collection Expands

High Definition Digital Files

At a time of intensifying rebellion against racism, injustice, war and ecological suicide, the demands for historic images of radical 1960s protests contained in the Harvey Richards Media Archive high definition digital files collection continues to grow. In response to expanding demand from film makers, publishers, museums and others around the country, the HRMA has undertaken new conversions of 16 mm film to high definition digital files. Last year, 21 of Harvey Richards’ 22 films were converted from 16 mm film to high definition. The response to this new high quality historical video has been very positive prompting a fresh review of all the film elements in the archive.

After sorting through and examining everything, a new batch of films are headed to the lab for conversion to high definition digital files.  These new conversions will include

  • Vanishing Redwoods
  • Color footage of California Farm Worker strikes
  • Color footage of 1969 and 1971 Vietnam War Protests
  • South Outs
  • 1965 California Flood
  • 1970s Logging footage
  • The last film to be converted to HD, Vanishing Redwoods (1975), a film made in collaboration with Rudolph Becking, a professor of Forestry at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
  • Recently discovered and never used in a finished film, color film of farm worker demonstrations in the California central valley.
  • Color footage of two of the largest protests against the war in Vietnam held November 15, 1969 and in 1971.
  • South Outs from the two Mississippi voter registration films, We'll Never Turn Back, and Dream Deferred which was previously only available in standard definition.
  • Previously unused footage taken in the forests of northern California and Oregon filmed in the 1970s.
  • A recently discovered reel of film of the December 1965 northern California flood.

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.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photos of Harvey Wilson Richards (1987), and of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;

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