Webfooted Friends  the film

"A very lively and highly amusing satire/celebration of the American use of red, white and blue." Ken Wlaschin, Director, the London Film Festival, 1977 

A Bicentennial time piece now.   

(the original press release - 1976-84)

WEBFOOTED FRIENDS (a film that has nothing to do with ducks)  

A 52 star attraction. 

A satiric celebration of the American craze for painting the Colors of the flag all over the landscape. 

A national holiday, all by itself. 

Webfooted Friends is a 5 minute film made from 118 stills, with music by improvisation and John Philip Sousa, and with the help of Ariel Fragment. In color, in 35mm, with optical sound. 

In 1976, the film was previewed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at the Oakland Museum and at the San Francisco Art Institute, each time to an enthusiastic response. 

Webfooted Friends premiered early in July of 1977 at the Act One in Berkeley California and played for three-and-a-half months with BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film. The short opened next at the Regency ll in San Francisco, with SEMI-TOUGH, 11-18-77 to 1-5-78. The Fine Arts in New York also exhibited the film for four weeks in 1978. 

Webfooted Friends has been shown as well at the following International Film Festivals: Nyon, London, Tampere, Sydney, Moscow, the Virgin Islands, Cracow, and Prindle Corners. 

Macmillan Audio Brandon has handled non-theatrical release in the U.S., and Coe Film Associates has taken care of TV rights.  

Stills from the film appeared in Esquire (2 pages, 12/75), Communication Arts (4 pages, 6/76) and on the covers of Sky and Media & Methods. The first three appearances were included in the 'Bicentennial in Print' show, sponsored by the Washington Art Director's Club and the Federal Design Council. 

Webfooted Friends also appeared on Showtime every July 4th between 1977 and 1983, and on French and Polish National Television.     


After 8 years of exhibition worldwide, and 20 years in a vault, the Bicentennial short film WEBFOOTED FRIENDS (a film that has nothing to do with ducks) is again available. A pre-MTV time piece, the film was intended as a simple personal celebration of July 4th. During 1975-76, photographer Elihu Blotnick traveled the country on assignment for an elementary social studies series. His work brought him the opportunity to capture the many individual expressions defining the Bicentennial. Recently Blotnick lost an eye and has shifted toward poetry and fiction. Accordingly, he has released his photography to us at Firefallmedia for further distribution.

At present, we are releasing the film as it was originally made. It has an historical place, in whole and in its parts, and the Smithsonian is considering it for its collections. Indeed, as the 21st Century begins to define itself, WEBFOOTED FRIENDS deserves a place both in the archives of our time and in the lights of our consciousness.


A major show of the imagery is being presented on 9/11 at The OK Harris Gallery in Soho in New York, based on the stills from which the film was made.


The film has been entirely remade in HD for future showings and festivals. Inquiries are invited: literary@att.net  

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