Jan 23, 2011

Home movies, Orphan films, Anthology films

Sixteen thumbs up for Dwight Swanon's new film Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives. The illicit but promotional cell phone snap shots below were taken during the premiere screening, 1/22/11, at Anthology Film Archives in New York. The 16 short films were originally shot on amateur smal-gauge film stock: 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, 28mm, and 16mm. But Amateur Night is a 35mm blow-up of all these, done (pro bono!) with remarkable fidelity and consistency by Cineric film lab, also in NYC. 
Read more and better text about the Center for Home Movies production here:

An 8mm film by pharmacist Arthur Howe (Crawford, Nebraska)
Last Great Gathering of the Sioux Nation (1934) 

From the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound
The Coker Avenue Gang (1930, C. C. Minnich)  16mm

From a 16mm travel film with recorded narration.
Innsbruck (1953) Morris Margolin's Austrian vacation

Rural families in Ocean County, New Jersey.
Meet the Neighbors (1948, Mortimer Goldman)  8mm

Las Vegas signs en route to A-bomb test, Yucca Flats.
Atom Bomb (1953, Louis C. Harris, Sr.) 16mm

Margie Compton showed this at Orphans 5 (2006).
Listen to Margie discuss the film (intro by Dwight!).

A narrative sound film with Chicago Populuxe.
Fairy Princess (1955, Margaret Conneely) 16mm

Smokey Bear (1950, Homer C. Pickens) 16mm

 Rescued from fire, Smokey flown to Santa Fe's veterinarian.

Two months after Katrina, a New Orleans family returns.
Lower 9th Ward (2005, Helen Hill) Super 8mm

Paul Gailiunas with his son Francis Pop
Helen Hill Collection, Harvard Film Archive

Screen shots from AMATEUR NIGHT (© 2010 Center for Home Movies). Photos by anonymous.

Jan 19, 2011

Orphan films, Home movies, Anthology films

Friday night!

Saturday night!

Jan 7, 2011

Orphans Redux, Anthology Film Archives, 1.21.11

The Orphan Film Project presents . . . a special one-off screening.

Join us at Anthology Film Archives (2nd St. @ 2nd Ave., NYC)
where the
Calendar for Friday, January 21 says:

7:30 PM
Orphans Redux

The Orphan Film Symposium is a multi-day marathon where artists, academics, and archivists share their common love for abandoned, unseen, and unheralded moving images. April 2010 saw the seventh edition of this crucial biennial gathering, and tonight we present a few of the most intriguing works from among the 80 titles screened. Artists, scholars, and Orphan Film Symposium organizer Dan Streible will be on hand for introductions and insights. This is an incredible opportunity to see films that have been far too hard to view until now.

Russell Sheaffer and Jim Bittl
Trailer for Orphans 7: PROGRESS, INDEED
2010, 1 min., DigiBeta, color.

Danielle Ash

2009, 8 min., HD, color.
A stop-motion cardboard world where monkeys steal pickles and neighborhoods change overnight.  Presented by Danielle Ash (recipient of the 2010 Helen Hill Award).

Fox Movietone News (crew: Orient No. 3, "Newsreel Wong" Hai Sheng and Gottlieb)

1934, 6 min., 35mm, b/w.  Preserved by Colorlab for the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections.
Outtakes from a January 23, 1934, newsreel shot in Shanghai, demonstrating “how motion pictures are filmed in China.”  Presented by Mark G. Cooper (University of South Carolina, Moving Image Research Collections).

Max Glandbard
1948, 11 min., 16mm on HDCAM, b/w.  From the Max Glandbard Collection, Yale Film Study Center, digital transfer by the Library of Congress.
THE INVESTIGATORS is a remarkable one-reel musical satire used to support Progressive Party candidates in the 1948 elections. The Union Films production lampoons the House Un-American Activities Committee.  Presented by Charles Musser (Yale University).

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Herbert Kline
1938, 20 min., 35mm, b/w, silent; additional photography by Jacques Lemare, Robert Capa. From the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive and NYU Tamiment Library. Preserved and blown up to 35mm for the Orphan Film Symposium by Cineric.
A documentary shot during the Spanish Civil War to raise funds for bringing American volunteers -- who had fought against fascism in defense of the Spanish Republic -- back home. Presented by Juan Salas (NYU).

Scott Nixon
ca. 1930-1950s, 16 min., b/w and color, silent.  Preserved by the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
An intriguing compilation film made by traveling salesman and amateur filmmaker Scott Nixon, THE AUGUSTAS records no fewer than 36 places in the U.S. named Augusta.  Presented by Heidi Rae Cooley (University of South Carolina, Film & Media Studies Program; www.hydrae.org).

Miles Bros.  
1906, 12 min., 35mm, b/w; soundtrack (2010) by Agatha Kasprzyk and Rafael Leloup. Preserved by Prelinger Archives.
A highly unusual, lyrical and even structural single-take film documenting San Francisco's main thoroughfare from the front window of a moving cable car, just days before the 1906 earthquake and fire.  Presented by Agatha Kasprzyk and Rafael Leloup.

Ed Emshwiller
1963, 9 min., 16mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives.
A colorful home movie by filmmaker Ed Emshwiller of the day after the 1963 March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. Presented by Andrew Lampert.

Lidia García Milan
1955, 3 min., 16mm. Preserved by the NYU Orphan Film Project and BB Optics (with Colorlab and Trackwise), for the Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo (Montevideo) and the filmmaker. 
This abstract animation, made by a young woman, is deemed the first color experimental film made in Uruguay. Music by the house band of the Hot Club de Montevideo. Presented by Bill Brand.

frame from Lidia García Milan's 16mm film Color (1955)