Wings Over the Golden Gate (1930s)

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From above the clouds we approach one of the most beautiful spots on the Pacific... Child of the mines, orchards, the mountains and the seas. A city of romance and glamour. This is San Francisco. Here in these spires of stone and steel, the sturdy sons of men who faught their way across the continent still guide and control the destinies of the great empire which they cleaved from the wilderness.

This 35mm color film soars high over 1930s San Francisco in a tiny propeller plane, accompanied by even loftier narration.  

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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