A compelling regional and historical study that transforms our understanding of film history, Amateur Movie Making demonstrates how amateur films and home movies stand as testaments to the creative lives of ordinary people, enriching our experience of art and the everyday. Here we encounter the lyrical and visually expressive qualities of films produced in New England between 1915 and 1960 and held in the collections of Northeast Historic Film, a moving image repository and study center that was established to collect, preserve, and interpret the audiovisual record of northern New England. Contributors from diverse backgrounds examine the visual aesthetics of these films while placing them in their social, political, and historical contexts. Each discussion is enhanced by technical notes and the analyses are also juxtaposed with personal reflections by artists who have close connections to particular amateur filmmakers. These reflections reanimate the original private contexts of the home movies before they were recast as objects of study and artifacts of public history.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 26 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
An invaluable contribution to the study of previously overlooked nontheatrical films, Amateur Movie Making is a welcome addition to the overall field of media studies. Its focus on the everyday aspects of the material culture of the past along with its highly accessible and engaging writing will appeal to experts and non-experts alike.* Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Edited Collection Award Committee. (2018 award winner) *
[I]t is the love of cinema that shines through in these essays and the films themselves, making this book a must read for all of us.* UCLA Film & Television Archive *
Amateur Movie Making is Visual History at its best.* Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television *
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