‘Private Films in Public Spaces’ session at the Pesaro Film Festival, 25 June 2021

The ‘Private Films in Public Spaces‘ session is curated by Karianne Fiorini and Dwight Swanson.

“In the last twenty years, more or less, numerous film collectors, families, and film archives devoted to the home movie heritage of the last century have put their home movie collections (or at least part of them) online, providing them with the images and information needed to give us an idea of which kind of materials the virtual spectators are going to have access to. Curated by home movies specialists Karianne Fiorini (Italy) and Dwight Swanson (the United States), “Private Films in Public Spaces” is a program of home movies and amateur films found online, a virtual voyage around Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world, with a spotlight on two of the main characteristics of the home movie heritage’s most enlightening subjects: private lives and public events.

Talking about home movies on the Internet means diving into a mare magnum of websites, catalogs, databases, repositories, and other online resources in which you can completely lose yourself in the huge amount of film materials available online in terms of beauty, customs and traditions, social richness, geographic spaces, and the cultural peculiarities which have brought the viewers through time and space. This program is an attempt to outline some possible personal paths by surfing through different routes: film archives, countries, cultures, people, historical eras, and events.

All these journeys all around the world through the eyes of the “amateurs” and their small gauge cameras will offer to the public a glimpse into what we can find online and on what home movies are (or can be) without any attempt to be exhaustive. After following the whole path, each home movie reveals itself to be different from the others, so at least from now on we hopefully will no longer hear the usual comments about these films, “they are all the same,” or “if you watch one of them you have seen them all!”.

CfP: The ‘little apparatus’: 100 years of 9.5mm film’ Conference (UK, 2022)

16 – 18 June 2022, University of Southampton  

An international conference hosted in person and online by the Department of Film Studies’ ‘Centre For International Film Research’ at the University of Southampton. 

December 1922 will mark the centenary of the introduction of 9.5mm film to the French cinematographic market. Pathé Freres first launched their ‘Pathé Baby’ home cinema system on domestic territory in time for the Christmas season, with the promise of a soon to follow lightweight and modestly priced cine-camera using the same narrow gauge, that could fit in a vest pocket (1923, pp. 48–50). In time, the new gauge became available elsewhere -arriving just ahead of Kodak’s 16mm film/cinema system and together signalling the first major boom in amateur filmmaking. 

This event aims to reflect on the diverse use of 9.5mm film throughout its 100 year history and create space for scholars, archivists and curators to explore and share new research in the field while opening up new avenues for inquiry. 

Hosted by the University of Southampton this international conference will accommodate a dual approach – in-person and online for contributions exploring/considering the global reach of 9.5mm film culture. International speakers are encouraged and our proposed format will allow for virtual attendance via live streamed sessions or recorded content. 

The conference organisers are delighted to confirm keynote addresses by Dr Ryan Shand (Ravensbourne University London) and Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (University of Cambridge). 

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and for 1hr 30min conference panels, from scholars, archivists, and curators around the world at any stage in their academic careers. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary submissions and encourage papers and contributions across the wide use and application of 9.5mm film in the last 100 years. 

We would also like to invite regional, national and international archives to present curated packages of film as well as presentations on 9.5mm collections and filmmakers within their holdings. The organisers welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to: 

  • • 9.5mm as an amateur gauge 
  • • Professional/Avant Garde/artists’ filmmaking using 9.5mm 
  • • ‘Cult’ 9.5 
  • • 9.5mm and the democratisation of filmmaking 
  • • 9.5mm and challenges of representation and diversity in amateur film collections 
  • • The archival challenge/digitisation agendas/funding/historiography 
  • • Curating amateur film gauges, especially 9.5mm 
  • • 9.5mm and global experience of amateur technologies 
  • • 9.5mm and ‘The Cinema In Your Home’ 
  • • 9.5mm and colour film 

Abstracts of maximum 250 words and bios of maximum 75 words should be submitted via the Google Form on the conference website (Conference Website) by 17:00 (GMT) on 17 October 2021, with decisions expected in early December 2021. 

Submissions must include the presenters’ full name, institutional affiliations and the preferred method of attendance (in person or online). 

Conference Website 

Conference date: 16, 17, 18 June 2022 

Deadline for proposals: 17 October 2021 

Please submit proposals via the Google Form on the conference website Conference Website 

If you have any questions please do get in touch by email: 100yearsof9.5mm@gmail.com 

Home Movies: research papers and networks, AMIA Spring Conference, 14-16 April 2021

Plese see further details below and at AMIA Spring Conference programme.

  1. Describing the Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters Audiovisual collection
  • Brianna Toth, Academy Film Archive
  • Caitlin Denny, UCLA Graduate Program in Library & Information Science
  • Todd Wiener, UCLA Film & Television Archive

How can one describe a collection, if the content defies archival standards? Do these concepts allow the flexibility to accommodate the unusual, eccentric or under-represented? Furthermore, can creative improvisations be employed in the archival practices of arrangement and description to provide access? These questions must be asked when attempting to describe the irreverent ethos of the Ken Kesey Collection of Merry Pranksters Home Movies and other Materials collection’s subject matter. In addition to the content, the arrangement (or lack thereof), communal authorship, and conflicting legacy records, problematize the application of concepts such as respect des fonds, provenance, and original order. This presentation will discuss the collaboration, alternative approaches to descriptive standards and consolidation of 10 years of documentation from multiple preservation projects that were necessary to arrange and describe this collection. Challenges and potential recommendations for complex moving image collections will be discussed and never-before-seen footage will be screened.

2. Developing National and International Home Movies Networks

  • Dwight Swanson, Independent
  • Gianmarco Torri, INEDITS
  • Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Amateur Cinema Studies Network 
  • Karianne Fiorini, Re-Framing Home Movies
  • Lorena Escala Vignolo, Cine Amateur Peruano

Home movies are among the most intimate of films and have traditionally been collected primarily by municipal or regional archives as examples of documentation of local life. In recent years, however, both in-person and online events and projects have allowed for broader considerations of the films, especially during the past year when archives have been regularly sharing their programs with audiences around the world.    This panel, which is targeted at archives that hold amateur collections, is the first attempt to pull together organizations that manage home movie and amateur film networking projects on national and international levels. The panel will focus on the possibilities and needs of broader international coordination of home movie organizations and networks, and each panelist will present its networking activities and strategies, as well as the results of their most recent activities, in order to foster a discussion on shared goals.

3.Expanding Access to Brazilian Home Movies – A Cinelimite Case Study

  • William Marc Plotnick, Cinelimite Inc. / NYU MIAP

Cinelimite Inc. is a new American non-profit company dedicated to expanding access to Brazilian cinema and audiovisual history in the United States. One of their missions is to highlight how amateur film and filmmakers have recorded moments of Brazil throughout the 20th century that reflect the diverse culture of that country, equal to any feature length or professionally produced work. Upon creating an open call for people in Brazil to send Cinelimite their home movies here in the United States, and some significant outreach efforts, the company was sent over eighty super-8mm home films. After significant efforts to repair and scan these works under a low budget, a majority of them can now be freely seen on their website.     With this poster session, Cinelimite co-founders William Plotnick and Gustavo Menezes will talk about the importance of amateur film preservation and access in Latin American countries such as Brazil.

4. Introducing a Project to Recover and Exhibit Peruvian Amateur Films

  • Lorena Escala Vignolo, EQZE Alumni

The poster presentation will focus on a project derived from the master’s degree thesis I started at Elφas Querejeta Zine Eskola (San Sebastian) centered on the reflection on home movies and amateur films from my country, Per·. The encounter with some Super-8 mm films from an amateur filmmaker from the Amazon and the task of digitizing them, along with another 42 orphan film reels bought in Lima by the director of MUTA International Found-Footage Film Festival, and the proliferation of online exhibitions due to the pandemic, got me the idea of creating a portal for sharing some of these moving images.     As there is no public entity, at a national or local range, that digitizes and promotes the caring for home movies, private initiatives are crucial. With the support of my school’s teachers and my mentor from the AMIA DIFP, www.cineamateurperuano.org was born. It suddenly came to my mind to turn it into a way to link existing related projects on the field. So far, it is just a platform to share home movies, plan Home Movie Days and search for new material. Some people interested or who is already working on digitization has contacted me though the site.     On one hand, the poster will point out to the problems I have found so far, but also the possibilities to make this idea grow to formalize a digital archive with a proper catalogue and easy access for the general public. I think the issues of the proliferation of people getting digital copies of their home movies by themselves and throwing the originals, the acquisition of orphan films by privates who are not thinking of these artifacts as heritage, the lack of proper equipment and the disaggregation of projects about small gauge films are common, specially, in Latin America. This will be a good opportunity to discuss on those things and, at the same time, to put peruvian amateur and home movies production on a wider scope, which is something almost unknown.

5. Borderlands | On the Border by the Sea: Archiving Amigoland

  • Dolissa Medina, Filmmaker
  • Angela Reginato, Co-Producer and Editor

Filmmaker Dolissa Medina presents a program of archival material gleaned while conducting research for her current film project, Small Town, Turn Away. The film is a feature-length personal documentary portrait of the director’s Mexican American border hometown of Brownsville, Texas 30 years after she left as a queer teenager, following in the footsteps of an older cousin who died from AIDS. Over the past five years, the filmmaker has collected material from sources including the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, local news stations, and previous generations of documentary filmmakers. The archives have helped her piece together news events she either witnessed or participated in as a teenager coming of age in South Texas during the 1980s. Featured footage includes the original Sanctuary Movement for Central

American refugees, Reagan’s re-election campaign visit in 1984, the 1988 “Tienda Amigo” building collapse tragedy, and the ritual murders of 1989, in which a cult of drug smugglers sacrificed victims to magically protect their operation. Also featured will be Super-8 home movies of Brownsville’s Charro Days fiesta, a celebration of friendship with the town’s sister city of Matamoros, Mexico, held each February since. The program is a portrait of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley that is rarely seen. The film program will end with some samples of Medina’s previous and current work showcasing her use of archival material. Angela Reginato, co-producer and editor of Small Town, Turn Away, will join Medina for a Q&A.

‘Developing National and International Home Movies Networks’, 15 April 2021

Conference panel, AMIA Spring Conference.

[amateur] ‘Film Troubadours: Scotland and Ukraine’

[amateur] ‘Film Troubadours: Scotland and Ukraine‘ (DOCUSPACE Festival, online, 26 March – 4 May 2021)

“Re-framing home movies” 26-27 February 2021

For further details and (free of charge) registration see the Event page. All sessions will be available in English.

Friday 26th February

7-8 pm / Italian with English translation / On Zoom
Presentation of the new Re-framing home movie Association with all the founding members and the public.
9-11 pm / Italian with English translation / On Zoom and VIMEO
Presentation of the Re-framing home movies #3 – Residenze in archivio project;
Presentation and Screenings of 2 short films and 1 artist’s book by three of the six artists who have participated to Re-framing home movies #3 – Residenze in archivio:

  • ciudad lineal (Italia 2021, 31′) di Riccardo Bertoia
  • n+n (Italia 2021, Artist’s book, 12×18,5 cm, 240 pp.) di Bianca Maldini
  • ARBATAX!! (Italia 2021, 20′) di Helena Falabino
  • Q&A

Saturday 27th February

7-8 pm / English with Italian translation / On Zoom and VIMEO. Presentation of “The Great Migration Home Movie Project” of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Ina Archer, plus screenings from the films collected.

9-11 pm / Italian with English translation / On Zoom and VIMEO
Presentation and Screenings of 3 short films by three of the six artists who have participated to Re-framing home movies #3 – Residenze in archivio:

  • Sulle arie, sulle acque, sui luoghi (Italia 2021, 24’) di Vittoria Soddu
  • Death of a mountain (Italia 2021, 39’) di Nuno Escudeiro
  • Le vacanze (Italia 2021, 30’) di Camilla Iannetti
  • Q&A

INEDITS talks: 15 December 2020, ‘Programme autour des films d’Amaury Laurentin’ by Olivier Meunier

For more information see Association INEDITS – Online

INEDITS talk, 1 December 2020 – Ilaria Ferretti and Paolo Simoni – ‘Memoryscapes from the access to re-use. A sound performance experience’

Part of the 2020  “e-nedits” series of talks.

INEDITS talks: 8 December 2020, ‘The noisy amateur film’ by David Landolf

For more information see Association INEDITS – Online

INEDITS talks: 24 November 2020, ‘Ad libitum – Et la Terre dans le temps ?’ by Laure Sainte-Rose, Franck Litzler, François Magnol

For more information see Association INEDITS – Online

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