By Dorothy Sterling
Within the tumultuous years sooner than the Civil struggle, a tender white girl from a Quaker historical past got here to embrace dedication to the reason for antislavery and equivalent rights for black humans. Abby Kelley turned the abolitionist movement’s leader money-raiser and organizer and its so much radial member. She traveled thousands of miles to evoke the rustic to the evils of slavery, braving difficulty and prejudice in addition to starting the best way for different ladies, black and white, to take management roles. Now the complete tale of this principled girl has been advised in Dorothy Sterling’s compelling biography.
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But I never did until the end of that second summer. ” Harry is also the person who ﬁrst shared the professional editing techniques that enabled Craven to ﬁnally ﬁnd some work—beyond delivering messages—in the New York ﬁlm world. “Harry said, ‘I can’t pay you, but I’ll show you what I’m doing,’” Craven said. “So he taught me the basics of ﬂatbed editing and cutting and also how to synch up dailies [unedited ﬁlm footage usually shot the day before]. ” At this point in his life, Craven was still struggling ﬁnancially, but he was also learning how to be a ﬁlmmaker—and not only from Chapin, as valuable as that tutelage was.
Indd 51 1/19/11 4:44:15 AM W E S C R AV EN Craven’s mentor Chapin had been doing documentaries as well, and Together—the picture that had given Craven his most work to date—fell into this category, too. Given all of that, it’s not surprising that his ﬁrst feature as a director would have the same sort of look. Indeed, Craven’s quasi-documentary approach to Last House, coupled with the unfamiliarity of its players, has often been cited as one reason it works so well. Over the years, Craven has indicated that Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning foreign picture The Virgin Spring was a direct inspiration for Last House.
Harry, meanwhile, drifted into ﬁlm. He was actually making inhouse ﬁlms for IBM; they were called “industrials” back then. He was working in this place on 45th Street, in a room rented from a company called Roland Condon Film Production. A twenty-six-year-old genius who was just totally, you know, out there, making something like $125,000 a year. Back in those days, that was a phenomenal amount of money. Harry began managing the band as well, and the group started playing venues around the Greenwich Village area.