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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Accessing Moving Images
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Alice T. Friedman
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Martha J. McNamara and Karan Sheldon
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I. Locating Contexts: Archive, Material, History, Place
  1. 1. A Place for Moving Images: Thirty Years of Northeast Historic Film
  2. Karan Sheldon
  3. pp. 17-38
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  1. 2. The Technologies of Home Movies and Amateur Film
  2. Dino Everett
  3. pp. 39-47
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  1. 3. A Region Apart: Representations of Maine and Northern New England in Personal Film, 1920–1940
  2. Libby Bischof
  3. pp. 48-70
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  1. 4. A Strange Familiarity: Alexander Forbes and the Aesthetics of Amateur Film
  2. Justin Wolff
  3. pp. 71-94
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  1. Part II. Creative Choices: Recovering Value in Amateur Film
  1. Reflection 1: The Task at Hand: The Films of Ernest Stillman
  2. Whit Stillman
  3. pp. 97-104
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  1. 5. Midway between Secular and Sacred: Consecrating the Home Movie as a Cultural Heritage Object
  2. Karen F. Gracy
  3. pp. 105-124
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  1. 6. “All the Wonderful Possibilities of Motion Pictures”: Hiram Percy Maxim and the Aesthetics of Amateur Filmmaking
  2. Charles Tepperman
  3. pp. 125-146
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  1. 7. Comedic Counterpoise: Landscape and Laughs in the Films of Sidney N. Shurcliff
  2. Martha J. McNamara
  3. pp. 147-172
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  1. Part III. Everyday Lives: Home and Work in Amateur Film
  1. Reflection 2: Perspectives on the Home Movies of Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Elder
  2. Jennifer Neptune
  3. pp. 175-182
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  1. 8. Not-at-Home Movies
  2. Christopher Castiglia & Christopher Reed
  3. pp. 183-197
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  1. 9. The Boss’s Film: Expert Amateurs and Industrial Culture
  2. Brian R. Jacobson
  3. pp. 198-218
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  1. Part IV. Families: Private and Public
  1. Reflection 3: “The Ring of Time” in the E. B. White Home Movies
  2. Martha White
  3. pp. 221-228
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  1. 10. Opening the Can: Home Movies in the Public Sphere
  2. Melissa Dollman
  3. pp. 229-252
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  1. 11. Layers of Vision in Amateur Film
  2. Mark Neumann and Janna Jones
  3. pp. 253-274
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253026446
Related ISBN
9780253026163
MARC Record
OCLC
991052130
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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