A Boy creates

United States, 1971

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Traces a young boy’s venture into creating a sculpture of “found art”. He collects cast-off wood, metal and plastic objects from an amusement park and proceeds to a mud flat to create his figure. Other sculptures of similar materials are also assembled here in an open air “gallery”. As he works the film depicts the boy’s fanciful flights and shows the possibilities for artistic expression are infinite when aided by resourcefulness and imagination No commentary, music only.


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Encyclopaedia Britannica Films


Bert Van Bork



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United States
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Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children 6-12

Childrens Films → Children's films - United States

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art

Crafts & Visual Arts → Children's art

Crafts & Visual Arts → Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Found objects (Art)

Crafts & Visual Arts → Sculpture

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Creative ability

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Imagination

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Expression in children

Magic, Occult & Supernatural → Imagination

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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