The Return of Joe Hill
Produced & Directed by Eric Scholl
Featuring U. Utah Phillips & Joe Hill biographer Gibbs M. Smith.
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The Return of Joe Hill is a musical documentary about the famed Swedish labor songwriter / IWW organizer whose 1915 execution by the state of Utah for a crime he probably did not commit transformed him into a martyr for the labor movement and an international folk hero. Historians, artists and activists discuss the contributions of Joe Hill and performances of some of his best known songs are featured.
* * * * * Excellent / Superior in every respect / A "Must-Have" for Libraries "...a fascinating and probably little-known history... should prove very valuable for use with junior, senior and college students, and public libraries...The history is very clearly and effectively presented...an excellent production, highly recommended."
- Video Rating Guide for Libraries
"...highly instructional and...highly watchable."
- Folklore Forum
1990 Screening at The Guild Complex, Chicago, to commemorate 75th anniversary of Joe Hill's death.
1991 Midwest Radical Scholars' Conference, Chicago.
1996 City Lore Film Festival, New York.
2003 NY IWW Wobbly Nights
Used in classrooms & labor libraries across the country.