Red Alexander: Film Facts
1998, Betacam SP
25 minutes, Color
Description: This video documents the passions of 80 year old "Red" Alexander: building ships (both model and real), wood working, and story telling. Red was encouraged by the sale of one of his first model ships to one of his school teachers. In 1934 he joined the Shipwrights, Joiners, and Boat Builders Union - local 1149, in the San Francisco Bay Area. After 46 years of building real ships Red retired in 1980 as dockmaster at the Pacific Drydock in Alameda, Ca. Today his kitchen is a studio where he makes detailed models of all types of ships and boats.
Featuring: Moishe Sacks
Copyright: 1998, The Arhoolie Foundation
Filmmaker(s): Archie Green, Chris Simon
Produced by: Dr. Archie Green, Chris Simon
Cinematography: Lou Weinert, Jaime Kibben
Editing: Chris Simon
Sound: Chris Simon, Megan Sheer
Acknowledgements: Featuring Dan Huff, Stephan McGarry, Archie Green, Thomas Umble. Special thanks to Charlie Seemann, Ellie Matus, Ed Kahn, Chris Strachwitz, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Karana Hattersley-Drayton.
Funding: The Fund for Folk Culture's California Folk Arts Regranting Program in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation and Henry & Virginia Anderson, Associated Third Party Administrators, Bay Cities Metal Trades Council, Carpenters for Change, Carpenters Union Local 22, Carpenters Union Local 152, Carpenters Union Local 586, Carpenters Union Local 713, Carpenters Union Local 2236, Louanne Green, Labor Heritage Foundation, McMorgan & Company, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Pacific Coast Metal Trades District Council, Pile Drivers Union Local 34, United Labor Bank. Sponsored by The John Edwards Memorial Forum, The Arhoolie Foundation.
Distribution: Arhoolie Productions, Inc.
Arhoolie Productions, Inc. 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530
Distributor Email: Contact
Distributor Website: Arhoolie Productions, Inc.
Distributor Telephone: 510.525.7471
Archives & Stock Footage:
Archives & Stock Footage Email:
Archives & Stock Footage Website:
Archives & Stock Footage Telephone: