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‘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)

The Eastmancolor Revolution and amateur films, part 4

The fourth essay/blog on colour amateur films from the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers collection: Innovation and Experimentation pt. 4: fantastic designs.

Michel Gondry “l’usine de films amateurs” (2011)

See “Michel Gondry – l’usine de films amateurs au Centre Pompidou (2011)

Launch of ‘How we live – messages to the family’

Launch of ‘How we live – messages to the family’, dir. Gustav Deutsch (AT, 2017) at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), 4-15 October 2017.

The Eastmancolor Revolution project and amateur filmmaking

Ongoing research relating to amateur filmmaking and Eastmancolor is available at:

 ‘Colour and the Critics’ (27 June 2017)

Innovation and experimentation pt2: The Institute of Amateur Cinematographers collection at the East Anglian Film Archive (13 July 2017)

Innovation and experimentation pt3: Film Societies and the ‘Lone Worker’ (17 August 2017)


Special issue on ‘Video History’

See  Susan Aasman and Tom Slootweg (University of Groningen) edited a special ‘video dossier’ for TMG—Journal for Media History.

Japanese amateur cinema

See The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema, ed. Daisuke Miyao (Oxford University Press, 2014) for several in-depth discussions of Japanese amateur filmmaking.

LostScapes – visioni inusuali di Bologna dagli archivi di Home Movies

LostScapes – visioni inusuali di Bologna dagli archivi di Home Movies

Domenica 2 luglio ore 20 (opening), ore 21.30 (proiezioni con sonorizzazione), Istituto per la Storia e le Memorie del ‘900 – via S.Isaia 20 – ingresso libero
Opening di LostScapes – visioni inusuali di Bologna dagli archivi di Home Movies
programma a cura di Home Movies all’interno di Best – La cultura si fa spazio

La rappresentazione della città e delle sue trasformazioni, attraverso le preziose immagini inedite di Home Movies. Il racconto dipanato in sette puntate con proiezioni serali e all’aperto in altrettanti luoghi della città è un percorso che dal centro va verso la periferia, per evocare l’atmosfera di una città in continua trasformazione, a livello sociale, culturale, economico e urbanistico [Tutti gli eventi sono a ingresso libero].

2/07 LostScape #1 Il primo appuntamento si svolgerà nella sede di Home Movies c/o Istituto Parri. Si parte dal centro verso la periferia con una selezione di immagini dedicata alla Bologna mobile, laboriosa, brulicante degli anni ‘50, ‘60, ‘70. Dal tram all’autobus a due piani, dalla crescita del traffico urbano alle giornate dell’austerity (le prime domeniche a piedi, in bici e a cavallo…), si percorreranno nel tempo le strade che costituiscono lo scheletro della città, a partire dal film di Angelo Marzadori, Bologna Democratica (1951), un inno all’ottimismo del futuro e un’eccezionale caso di mappatura cinematografica, e da una selezione di immagini inedite dell’Azienda Tramviaria Municipale dedicate alla mobilità.

6/07 LostScape #2 – la Bolognina
(programma condiviso con Mercato Ritrovato)
Parco della Zucca – via di Saliceto 3
proiezione ore: 21.30
dalle 19.30 – DJ SET / dalle 19 alle 23 cibi di strada

11/07 LostScape #3 – San Donato
(programma condiviso con Orchestra Senzaspine)
Mercato Sonato – Via Tartini 3
proiezione ore: 21.30

18/07 LostScape #4 – il pilastro
(programma condiviso con Orchestra Senzaspine)
Parco Pasolini – Via Pirandello
proiezione ore: 21.30

25/07 LostScape #5 – la Cirenaica
Parco Giusti – via Ilio Barontini 13
proiezione ore: 21.30

28/07 LostScape #6 – la Beverara
Parrocchia di San Bartolomeo della Beverara – via della Beverara 90
proiezione ore: 21.30

31/07 LostScape #7 – Ritorno in Centro
(programma condiviso con Mercato Ritrovato)
Piazzetta Pasolini – via Azzo Gardino 65
proiezione ore: 21.30 sonorizzazione di Massimo Carozzi
dalle 17.30 alle 21.30 mercato dei produttori del territorio

Reminder: Regional Moving Image Collections and Archives in the 21st Century Symposium

Regional Moving Image Collections and Archives in the 21st Century, Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, July 20-22, 2017, Bucksport, Maine, USA

Twenty-first century regional moving image archives discover and collect increasingly diverse audiovisual artifacts. Join us for an international gathering featuring two days of screenings and discussions on the coast of Maine.

Each session is about 30 minutes, with discussion directly following. All presentations take place in the cinema and emphasize moving images, knowledge sharing, and community collaboration among archivists, librarians, media makers, community members, and scholars. Since 2000, the Northeast Historic Film Symposium has helped build interest in regional audiovisual heritage. For past themes, see symposia-and-roundtables

The Symposium starts on Thursday, July 20, with projection of early film formats by Dino Everett, University of Southern California, and a book launch for Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960 (Indiana University Press, 2017).

Friday morning, July 21, begins with 2016 William S. O’Farrell Fellow Andrea Mariani, University of Udine, Italy, presenting Bridging the Gaps, Connecting the Dots. Amateur Cinema League and the Emergence of the Cineguf Movement in Fascist Italy. Siobhan Hagan, Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, will discuss No Time for a Hiatus: Reinvigorating Local TV Preservation on the National Level. Jen VanderBurgh, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, concludes the morning with Speculative Collections: A Case to Include VHS TV Recordings in Regional Archives.

In the afternoon, four presentations come to us from the United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Rim, and New England. Rodney Obien and Zachary Giroux, Keene State College, New Hampshire, offer Considering the Home Movies of Louis de Rochemont. Returning symposiast Michael McCluskey, University of York (U.K.), will discuss Village Biographies: Filmmaking in Rural Britain.  Rachel Price and Libby Hopfauf, Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, bring us Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound. Wrapping up the first day is Claudy Op den Kamp, University of Bournemouth (U.K.), The Film Archive as a Birthplace: Found Footage, Legal Provenance and the “Aesthetics of Access.”

Saturday, July 22, starts with a discussion of regional moving images in education, onetime Northeast Historic Film collection manager Gemma Scott, representing Technology Grange, Maine Student Film and Video Festival Collection. Devin Orgeron and Melissa Dollman from North Carolina State and University of North Carolina, will discuss Regional Film in the Classroom.

Following lunch, Emily Vinson, University of Houston Libraries, will draw on television series Almanac and The Capitol Report: Preserving, Describing, and Reaching Audiences for archival Regional Content.  Symposium veterans Oliver Gaycken, Siobhan Hagan and Caitlin McGrath from the University of Maryland and Greenbelt Theatre dive into Sharing Your Strengths: Models from the Mid-Atlantic. The concluding presenter is John Pettit, Temple University Libraries Special Collections, with Unedited North Philadelphia: Successes and Challenges in a Neighborhood Centered Screening.

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