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Amateur Cinema Studies Network News

The 2017 Delta Film Award

‘Named in honour of the group of amateur film-makers whose efforts enlivened many a 1960s science fiction convention, the Delta Film Awards recognise significant achievement by low-budget directors.’ Registration forms for the 2018 edition available at Independent & Amateur Films.

Re-framing home movies

14 December 2017, ‘Re-framing home movies’ one-day event  (Unione Culturale Franco Antonicelli, Torino). It will include:

  • Presentation of the Re-framing home movies project and screening of the final works by artists Alberto Diana, Sara Fgaier and Giulia Savorani
  • Presentation of the first results of the survey commissioned by ICAR (Istituto Centrale per gli Archivi / Italian Central Institute for Archives) on archives collecting and safeguarding the amateur film heritage in Italy, by ICAR director Stefano Vitali and project manager Karianne Fiorini
  • Presentation of the activities of the Center for Home Movies, the Home Movie Day, and the ongoing survey on home movies collections in American film archives, by Dwight Swanson
  • Screening of home movies in their original format, with commentaries by the amateur filmmakers and their families
  • Presentation of the private films of Shirley Clarke, recently restored and published on Blu-Ray by Milestone Films, and distributed in Italy by Reading Bloom

 

Ghanaian amateur vs. professional filmmaking

See  ‘African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History’ by Carmela Garritano (Ohio University Press, 2013) and  ‘African Film: Looking Back and Looking Forward’, ed. Foluke Ogunleye (Cambridge Scholars, 2014)

‘Lost Landscapes of New York’ by Rick Prelinger

See ‘Lost Landscapes of New York‘ by Rick Prelinger – a compilation of old film scenes that includes selections from over 80 collections of home movies made between 1924 and the late 1970s.

Archivio Aperto X at the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia

27 October – 2 December 2017: Archivio Aperto hosted by Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia marks its tenth edition.  The programme also includes a series of special screenings of films by Gustav Deutsch.

Fundraising for rare colour amateur film (1929)

See Help Preserve Rare Color Film 1929:

‘While producing a feature documentary about a 90 day Pacific cruise aboard the SS Malolo in 1929 , our non-profit history organization (chartered in 1875) received several reels of rare vintage films taken by a passenger while on that epic cruise. One of these reels was filmed in early Kodacolor film. This remarkable footage consists of some very amazing images of Japan and China…’ Rick Helin (San Jose, USA)

Kodacolor Decoded: Early Color Footage of Yellowstone National Park

See Criss Kovac’s article about the restoration of a Kodacolor film of Yellowstone National Park (1930).

A family moviemaking tradition comes to an end

See ‘Final Cut: A family moviemaking tradition comes to an end‘ by Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker, September 11, 2017.

‘Early 16mm colour by a career amateur’

Kaveh Askari, ‘Early 16mm colour by a career amateur’, in Film History: An International Journal, Volume 21, Number 2, 2009, pp. 150-163.

Home Movie Day 2017

21 October 2017: Home Movie Day (locations)

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