Filmography & Prizes

On The Bowery

  • Winner of Grand Prize in the Documentary and Short Film Category, Venice Film Festival, 1956
  • British Film Academy Award, "The Best Documentary of 1956." British Film Festival, 1956
  • Gold Medal Award, Sociological Convention, University of Pisa, 1959
  • Festival dei Popoli, 1971
  • Nominated for American Academy Award
  • Selected as one of the "Ten Best Movies of Ten Years Between 1950-59" by Richard Griffith, Museum of Modern Art Film Library

Come Back Africa

  • Italian Critics Award, Venice Film Festival, 1959
  • Winner of the award for "the film showing the most significant advance in content means of expression and technique."-The Canadian Federation of Film Societies, Vancouver Film Festival, 1959
  • Selected by Time Magazine as one of the "Ten Best Pictures of 1960"
  • Selected by Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, as "Most Worthy Picture of 1960"

Good Times, Wonderful Times

  • Winner of the Cine Forum Award as the official British entry, Venice Film Festival 1965
  • Golden Dove Award, Leipzig Film Festival, 1965

Black Roots

  • American Film Festival, New York- May 1972
  • Awarded Best Experimental Program, 1971 - 7th Hollywood Festival of World Television
  • Rochester International Film Festival-Oct. 1970
  • American Film Institute Theatre, Washington, D.C., Black Culture Series, Oct.1970
  • Museum of Modern Art Library Series 1970
  • Leipzig Film Festival, Nov.1970

Black Fantasy

  • Venice Film Festival, 1972
  • Whitney Museum, New American Filmmakers Series, Oct. 1972

Woodcutters of the Deep South

Down in the lush backwoods of Mississippi and Alabama, history is being made. Poor black and white working people are trying to overcome the forces of racism among themselves to organize into cooperative association to dispel the bonds of their economic captors- the paper and pulpwood companies.
In his unique manner, Rogosin allows the people in the film to tell and live heir own story. We see them in their homes, with their families, in the forests, which provide them the things that make them woodcutters- trees and freedom. We see them at their meetings where fiery discussions ensue.

Footage of the fertile and quietly spectacular Deep South mingles with the dialogue. Interviews with the men directly involved in the formation of the group- The Gulf-Coast Pulpwood Association- unfold the intricacies of this venture, possibly a harbinger of unity among workers of all races.

Arab Israeli Dialogue

Featuring: Palestinian poet Rashed Hussein and Israeli journalist Amos Kenan

The Israeli-Arab conflict is one between two different forms and two different concepts of justice. Paradoxically, those two forms are strangely identical. Most of the Jews believe in their irrefutable right for the land of Israel and most Arabs believe in their right for the land of Palestine. Each belief is so absolute that it infringes upon the other.
This is fearful problem. It promotes self -righteousness on both sides. It involves high voltage emotionalism and grim determination...insistence that justice must be done and seen. In this passionate documentary film, an Arab poet and an Israeli writer seek dialogue toward a possible solution. It is a heartbreaking experience to attempt to bring reason and human feeling into the conflict. Never before have both sides discussed a mutual problem so frankly, so willingly.

Oysters are in Season (Short)

Oysters are in Season feautures the improvised humor of Swede Sorenson, Dean Preece and Molly Parkin as they play out sharply satiric situations. Utter foolishness abounds in short skits that range from an employment interview with an applicant whose previous experience has left him physically uncontrollable, and an unsuspecting golfer who arrives for a first lesson, to scenes of mayhem with a hammock and a chinese lantern masquerading as an artificial kidney. 1966

How do you like them Bananas (Short)

Swede Sorenson plays a stuffy, half-in-the-bag banker who is the recipient of a welcoming visit from Dean Preece, a pompous minister soliciting money for his church. Spontaneous slapstick fun ensues.