Video — 1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Power and the land (1940) / an RKO Radio picture ; produced for the Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture ; directed by Joris Ivens ; commentary, Stephen Vincent Benét ; music, Douglas Moore (38 min.)
BIP goes to town (1940) / REA presents ; edited by Lora Hays unders supervision of Joris Ivens ; music composed by Douglas Moore ; produced for Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (9 min.)
Worst of farm disasters (1941) / REA presents ; edited by Lora Hays under supervision of Joris Ivens ; produced for Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (6 min.).
Power and the land, a Rural Electrification film, demonstrates the advantages of electrifying the American farm, and features an Ohio farm family, The Parkinsons. They also appeared in two other short films, made from footage not used in Power and the land and given limited release. In Bip goes to town, Bip, the youngest Parkinson son, visits the milk processing plant in Wheeling, West Virginia, and sees first hand the benefits of electricity. In Worst of farm disasters, the Parkinsons and their neighbors struggle unsuccessfully to put out a barn fire caused by a bump to a kerosene lamp.