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Learning Home Movies. Educational Uses of Amateur and Private Film

“Learning Home Movies. Educational Uses of Amateur and Private Film
Home Movies – Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Friday, November 16 – 4 pm | Talk

Home Movies, in collaboration with Istituto per la Storia e le Memorie del Novecento Parri, offers a training course designed for teachers working with high school students and focused on research and educational use of unseen and private material preserved at the Archive, of which this talk constitutes the methodological introduction. The urgency of proposing courses that bring the youngsters closer to the history of 20th Century, which, at their eyes, is distant and with no apparent links to the present, is increasingly evident.”

For further information see Archivio Aperto XI edition

Archivio Aperto XI Edition, 26 October – 3 December 2018

For further details see Archivio Aperto, XI Edition, organised by L’Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia (Bologna, Italy) 26 October – 3 December 2018.

The Historical and Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies

See ‘The Historical and Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies‘ by Tim van der Heijden.

The Research Value of Amateur Films…

See Laura Kissel, ‘The Research Value of Amateur Films: Integrating the Use of Amateur and Found Footage into a Film Production Course’, The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Vol. 2, No. 2 (FALL 2002), pp. 153-157.

‘Adventures in film ― research through the camera lens’

Of possible interest:  ‘Adventures in film ― research through the camera lens

‘Re-framing home movies: L’eredità ritrovata’

A five-part workshop dedicated to the study of amateur filmmaking practice and bringing together a group of archivists, filmmakers, historians and curators. 24 September 2018 – February 2019. The project is curated and coordinated by Karianne Fiorini and Gianmarco Torri, and organised and promoted by Lab80 / Archivio Cinescatti (Bergamo), Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema / Superottimisti (Torino) and Società Umanitaria / CIneteca Sarda (Cagliari). Funded by Sillumina /SIAE and by the MIBACT (Ministry of Culture).
For more information see L’eredità ritrovata


International Kino Club Histories, Alternative Film/Video Research Forum, Belgrade, 12-16 December 2018

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018
International Kino Club Histories
12-16 December 2018, Belgrade

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Academic Kino Club, founded in Belgrade (then Socialist Yugoslavia, now Republic of Serbia) in 1958, the Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2018 will be dedicated to the international histories of kino clubs in Europe and beyond.

There is a particular postwar history of kino clubs in Socialist Yugoslavia that is rooted in an official state movement to disperse technical cultures into the hands of non-professionals. These technical cultures included photography, radio, and cinema, among others. It was in the kino clubs where new aesthetics were born, also a new politics of amateurism. A new type of cineaste was forged in these clubs, and they quickly exerted their influence over professional production from the 1950s through the 1970s – widely considered the golden age of many European national cinemas, and not for coincidental reasons. The clubs operated mostly as free spaces, where ideological interference from without was at a minimum. Filmmaking was practiced, but also theory was produced, as well as exhibitions, publications, and more. Some of these clubs are still active, with histories stretching back to the interwar period, but with geo-political contexts and technological means that continue to shift regularly. A complete and proper international history of cinema cannot be written without these clubs, though they have not often been at the forefront of research or curatorial portfolios.

In Socialist Poland the kino clubs were often attached to factories, and existed for the edification of workers. In Socialist Hungary they sometimes functioned like studios. In Western Europe they commonly engaged in distribution and exhibition. In North America they often situated themselves on the front lines of socio-political struggles. These varied histories demand further complication and exploration, and to be placed into the context of their counterparts across the globe. This intersectionality will be the work of the 2018 Research Forum – for a different genealogy of kino-enthusiasm, and for a different international kino culture.
This one-day event running concurrently with the festival Alternative Film/Video in Belgrade will assemble a group of curators, critics, artists, and researchers for an intimate encounter where presentations will be delivered and discussions held on the topic as outlined. We are accepting abstracts of 300 words along with short biographies of 150 words for consideration. Selected participants will be given support toward their accommodation in Belgrade but are asked to cover travel expenses on their own. Please forward inquiries and submissions to Greg de Cuir Jr, selector for Alternative Film/Video, no later than 15 September 2018 at


The Alternative Film/Video Research Forum was established in 2012. Participants have included artists such as Marina Gržinić, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, and Dirk de Bruyn, researchers such as Miriam de Rosa and Terri Francis, curators such as Shama Khanna and Bruce Posner, and others. The founding curator of the Research Forum is Greg de Cuir Jr.

Alternative Film/Video (Belgrade, Serbia) is an international festival for new film and video tendencies and one of the oldest manifestations of its kind in Europe. It was founded in 1982 as an antidote to commercial film and video-making and to support unconventional practices while celebrating moving image cultures. Alternative Film/Video is organised by and hosted at AFC Belgrade, which was established in 1958 as Academic kino club and where many iconic filmmakers worked, including Tomislav Gotovac, Živojin Pavlović, Radoslav Vladić, and others. Visit the website at

La ville et les cinéastes amateurs Conference

La ville et les cinéastes amateurs‘ conference, 16 May 2018, Chapelle Saint-Sulpice, Chemin de Tivoli, étang de l’Olivier – 13800 Istres. Organised by Cinémémoire. Keynote speaker:Professor Roger Odin.

British women amateur filmmakers: innovative visual narratives and early colour films

BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG panel, 13 April 2018, BAFTTS Conference, University of Kent, UK.

‘Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895–2005’

PhD dissertation by Tim van der Heijden (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)
‘This dissertation analyzes the cultural dynamics of home movies in the twentieth century. It investigates how various generations have recorded their family memories on film, video and digital media, and, more specifically, how changes in these “technologies of memory” have shaped new forms of home movie making and screening. Covering the period from the invention of the film camera in the late nineteenth century, the introduction of 9.5mm, 16mm, 8mm small-gauges and Super 8 film technologies for amateurs, via home video to digital media technologies, this study addresses the complex interrelations between the materiality of film, video and digital media technologies, their social usages and cultural meanings from a long-term historical perspective. Focusing on specific periods of transition, it becomes clear that different media technologies, user practices and discourses not only succeed each other in time, but also increasingly interrelate, interact or even transform each other. Maintaining both a diachronic and a synchronic perspective on media transitions, this dissertation proposes an alternative form of media historiography that rethinks media histories beyond the frameworks of change and continuity by perceiving hybridity as a constant factor in media historical development.

The research for the dissertation was carried in the context of the “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices: The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies” project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). It entailed a collaboration between Maastricht University, the University of Groningen, and the University of Luxembourg as well as several partners from the field of cultural heritage in the Netherlands and abroad. For more information about this research project, see the weblog.

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