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View Willard Hahn's Mexican Village Life  and Paraguay: a New Frontier free on the Internet Archive

Willard Hahn is one of the many relatively unknown adventurer-filmmakers who thrived in the post World-War II years.   Like others, such as Les Mitchel and Paul Hoefler, the main focus of his work involved filming in foreign countries. 

Born in Tonawanda, New York on October 28, 1910, Willard Carl Hahn had an early desire to be a writer, and by 1939, he was writing for newspapers and periodicals.  His desire to discover adventure brought him to work as an elevator operator on the S.S. Lurline out of San Francisco.   He worked in various other positions aboard several other ships, was in the Pacific when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and shortly thereafter became a war correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Buffalo News. 

Wanting to avoid working in an office, he bought a film camera after World War II, taught himself the art of cinematography, and made a documentary film in Brazil, which he sold to Standard Oil.  After making three more films in South America for Standard Oil, he began producing academic films for Paul Hoefler Productions of La Jolla, CA, shooting the footage, writing the script, and supervising narration in each film.  He made films for Hoefler through approximately 1970.  His life between 1970 and his death on June 2, 1980 is undocumented. 

Hahnís filmography is incomplete.  Please contact us if you can provide more information.

Willard Hahn Filmography

Films shot and directed by Hahn for Paul Hoefler Films: 

American Samoa (1959)
Andes Story (1954)
Argentina's Lifestream (1954)
Brazilian Rain Forest (1954)
Guadalajara Family (1958)
Island Continent: Australia's Land and People (1966)
Mexican Village Family (1959)
Mexican Village Life (1958)
Mexico City: Pattern for Progress (1959)
Navigators, the (1967)
Paraguay: a New Frontier (1958)
Paraguay - Yesterday and Tomorrow (1958)
Taxco:  Village of Art (1957)
West Indies: Lands in Transition (1961)

The following films, made for Paul Hoefler, are believed to have been made by Hahn:

Brazilian Rain Forest (1954)
Coral Reef(1967)
Mexican Potters - Clay Art in Old Mexico (1959)
Mexican Village Family (1959)
Mexico at Work (1960)
Mexico's Heritage (1960)
Operation Freighter (1964)
Operation Liner (1965)
Paraguay - Yesterday and Tomorrow (1958)
Peoples of the Island World (1967)
Peru - Land of the Incas (1958)
Peru - Upper Amazon Region (1957)

The following films, made for Standard Oil, are believed to have been made by Hahn:

Argentina Today (1951)
Brazilian Tapestry (1951)
Mato Grosso Journey - Brazil (1952) 

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