The House on Cedar Hill (1953)

Biography | 1953

Director:

Carleton Moss

Writer:

Carleton Moss

Producer:

Carleton Moss
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HISTORY

Although no specific release date or length has been verified for the film, various newspaper articles about director Carleton Moss and notes about screenings, indicate that ts was a short film. In a 2 Dec 1957 CSM article about the National Association of Colored Women, a reference was made to the documentary The House on Cedar Hill indicating that it had been produced under the sponsorship of the association. Following a screening at the Museum of the City of New York in Feb 1960, the picture was shown throughout 1960 in various cities in New York state, often accompanied by a lecture and other short films. Modern sources state that the film was produced in 1953 and had an approximate running time of 18 min.
       Frederick Douglass' home, Cedar Hill, located in Washington, D.C., is now a National Historic Site operated by the U.S. National Parks Service. The House on Cedar Hill was the only film directed by prominent African-American writer Carleton Moss (1909--1997). ...

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Although no specific release date or length has been verified for the film, various newspaper articles about director Carleton Moss and notes about screenings, indicate that ts was a short film. In a 2 Dec 1957 CSM article about the National Association of Colored Women, a reference was made to the documentary The House on Cedar Hill indicating that it had been produced under the sponsorship of the association. Following a screening at the Museum of the City of New York in Feb 1960, the picture was shown throughout 1960 in various cities in New York state, often accompanied by a lecture and other short films. Modern sources state that the film was produced in 1953 and had an approximate running time of 18 min.
       Frederick Douglass' home, Cedar Hill, located in Washington, D.C., is now a National Historic Site operated by the U.S. National Parks Service. The House on Cedar Hill was the only film directed by prominent African-American writer Carleton Moss (1909--1997).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Christian Science Monitor
2 Dec 1957
p. 16.
Courier (Clinton, NY)
13 Oct 1960.
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Long Island Star-Journal
9 Feb 1960
p. 13.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1953
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

This film is based on the life of Frederick ...

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This film is based on the life of Frederick Douglass.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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