About the film
Hell's Highway : The True Story of Highway Safety Films
Release Date: June 27, 2003
|Production Companies||:||Livin' Man Productions|
|Producers||:||Bret Wood, Felicia Feaster, Tommy Gibbons|
This film covers the early history of post World War II educational films, especially those involving traffic safety by the Highway Safety Foundation under direction of Richard Wayman. In the name of promoting safe driving in teenagers, these films became notorious for their gory depiction of accidents to shock their audiences to make their point. The film also covers the role of safety films of this era, their effect on North American teenage culture, the struggle between idealism and lurid exploitation and how they reflected the larger society concerns of the time that adults projected onto their youth.