Sue and Marv Gold Collection

  • Still from SUPER UP

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Super Up (2019 Preservation Print)
Super Up (2019 Preservation Print)
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Extent of Collection
80 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 36,500 feet; 1 reel of 8mm film totaling approximately 300 feet; 9 reels of 1/4" audiotape; 2 DVDs
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This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only digital copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
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Rights can be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Gold, Marv (was created by)
Born in 1929 and raised in Chicago, Marv Gold, like many in the depression era, moved around a lot and ended up going to different grammar schools and high schools each year. He spent his college years at Roosevelt College in Chicago and Wayne State in Detroit.   

Marv was a writer, cartoonist, script writer, designer, director, film and TV producer and creative director for a variety of ad agencies and film production companies (including Kling Film Productions, Dallas Jones Productions, Needham Harper and Steers, The Chicago Group, Campbell Mithun, Kaufman Lansky Baker, and his own company, Film Design).

He directed educational films, documentaries (for Coronet Films), TV variety shows, independent films, and during his time working in agencies, he produced and directed many films and TV shows for his clients (including Through a Glass Darkly, Shipment, Galena Territory, The Real Old West, Faces in the Window, Studs’ Place, Garroway at Large). At the same time, he became interested in independent films, and co-produced/directed: Super-Up (dir. Kenji Kanesaka), 69CR180 (ACLU award) and Nightsong (dir. Don Klugman; Cannes Film Festival award). Marv was a member of the Center Cinema Co-op. His films were also distributed by Brandon/Macmillan Films.

Marv was also a teacher of film production at Columbia College in Chicago. Upon retiring Marv returned to his love of cartooning and took up writing books. He wrote 10 in all, including Silverstein & Me (a memoir of growing up in Chicago with Shel Silverstein), The Story Teller and Whirlwind (both novels based on Hollywood characters).

Marv lived to be 87 and was productive his whole life. He died at home in San Diego in 2016.
Gold, Sue Zinngrabe (was created by)
Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Sue had an interest in art from an early age. After high school she attended and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in painting, drawing and printmaking. She also learned to make independent films from Gregory Markopolus, a New York filmmaker who taught at the school. She showed her artwork in a number of galleries in the Chicago area.

In the early 1970s she joined the Center Cinema Co-op, where her films (Tursiops and Response) were distributed. She was active in the group and helped to produce the Center Cinema Co-op catalog.

After marriage to Marv Gold, moving to San Diego, having two children, and adopting four cats, she took up watercolor painting, joined the San Diego Watercolor Society and the San Diego Art Institute. Currently she is treasurer for the Artists Guild of the San Diego Museum of Art and continues to show her paintings and woodcuts in San Diego.