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					        Amateur film preservation in the context of the Association of Moving Image Archivists
                                                                                                                                                                                                         AMIA Miami, Maryann
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gomes from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Northwest Film Archive                                                                                                                                        Small Gauge Film Symposium with four
                                                                                                                                                                                                         attends her first AMIA             AMIA Montreal confer-                                                                                                      days of workshops, screenings, and pre-
                                                                                                                                                                    The National Film                    conference; helps                  ence, group screening,                                                                                                     sentations related to film of all kinds on
                                                                                                                                   Dr. James Billington,
                                                                                                                                                                    Preservation Act,                    start the Regional                 The Richness of the                                                                                                        small gauges in Portland, Oregon, as part
                                                                                                       The first annual            Librarian of Congress,
                                                                                                                                                                    1996 version, reautho-               Audiovisual Archives               Regions: Projecting a                                                                                                      of the AMIA annual conference.
Human Studies                                                                                          conference of AMIA          adds Zapruder Film
                                                                                                                                                                    rizes the National Film              interest group (RAVA).             Global Picture of the                                                                                                      Photo courtesy Janice Simpson, AMIA
Film Archives,                                                                                         takes place in New          (1963) to the National
Dept. of                                                                                                                           Film Registry. Other             Preservation Board                                                      Twentieth Century.
                                                                                                       York, there is an
Anthropology,                                                                                                                      amateur titles on the            (NFPB) for seven years
                          The National Center                                                          amateur film panel:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AMIA’s Small Gauge and
National Museum                                                                                                                                                     and creates the feder-                                                                                         Library of Congress and
                          for Film and Video                                                           Stephen Gong,               Registry are added, in                                               National Film
                                                                                                                                                                    ally chartered private                                                                                         National Film Preservation                                                                          Amateur Film interest group cre-
of Natural History,       Preservation estab-                                                          Micheline Morriset,         1996 Topaz (1943-45),                                                Preservation Foundation,
                                                                                 Fast                                                                               sector National Film                                                                                           Board fund AMIA-                                                                                    ated to continue work begun by       First international Home
Smithsonian               lished by the AFI and                                                        Karen Ishizuka,             home movie footage                                                   charitable affiliate
                                                                                 Rewind:                                                                            Preservation Foundation.                                                                                       convened Roundtable                                                                                 Small Gauge Task Force and           Movie Day (sponsored
Institution, estab-       NEA. Stephen Gong                                                            Pam Wintle.                 taken at a Japanese                                                  of the National Film                The Reel Thing IX:
                                                                                 The                                                                                AMIA gets a seat on the                                                                                        on Small Gauge Film                                                                                 Inédits interest group; chair,       by AMIA): meet film
lished. Pam               and Gregory Lukow                                                                                        American internment                                                  Preservation Board, gives           Laboratory Technical
                                                                                 Arch-                                                                              NFPB.                                                                                                          Preservation, hosted by                                                                             Snowden Becker.                      archivists, learn longevity
Wintle collects           provide guidance on                                                                                      camp, and later these:                                               first Laboratory-Archive            Symposium Montreal,
                                                            aeology of Moving Images                                                                                                                                                                                               Grover Crisp at Sony, to                                                                                                                 benefits of film, see fam-
and preserves             creating regional and                                                                                    Cologne: From The                                                    Partnership grants; recipi-         Toni Treadway presents
amateur films as                                            conference in Rochester,                                               Diary Of Ray And                                                     ents include Smithsonian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   advance the US National                                               Orphans II, Documenting the 20th Century,                          ily films.
                          specialist archives.                                                                                                                                                                                              8mm Logging in the                                                                                                                                                    
documentation of                                            NY, panel on home mov-                  Création à Paris                                                                                                                                                               Film Preservation Plan by                                             includes Nico De Klerk, Netherlands
                                                                                                                                   Esther (1939)                                                        Institution (Groucho Marx           High Sierras (1939) and
                                                            ies includes filmmaker Alan             de l’Association                                                                                                                                                               collaborating on selecting                                            Filmmuseum, with Dutch East Indies ama-                            HMD was organized
cultural and histori-                                                                                                              From Stump To Ship                                                   Home Movies); Northeast             a sound 8mm film held by
                                                            Berliner and NHF’s Karan                Européenne Inédits.                                                                                                                                                            and preserving amateur                                                teur film, and panel with Melinda Stone on                         in 2002 by Snowden
cal activities.                                                                                                                    (1930)                                                               Historic Film (Albert               the Smithsonian Human
                                                            Sheldon. Fast Rewinds orga-             (Unpublished, i.e.,                                                                                                                                                            and small gauge film.                                                 California Amateur Film Clubs; Karen Glynn,                        Becker, Bryan
                                                                                                                                   Multiple Sidosis (1970)                                              Benedict Home Movies);              Studies Film Archive,
                                                            nized by Bruce Austin at RIT            personal or amateur                                                                                                                                                            Photo courtesy Janice                                                 Mississippi Mule Race Movies; Andrea                               Graney, Chad Hunter,
                                                                                                                                   Tacoma Narrows                                                       Southern Media Archive              Native American dancing
                                                            in 1989, 1991, and 1993.                film)                                                                                                                                                                          Simpson, AMIA                                                         McCarty, Making The Movie Queen. Greg                              Dwight Swanson, Katie
                                                                                                                                   Bridge Collapse (1940)                                               (Thomas Collection).                in New Mexico.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lukow gives a paper on the history of the                          Trainor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Orphan metaphor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo courtesy Dan Streible









                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Home Movies and Privacy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NHF’s second annual sym-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               posium, presenters Patricia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Zimmermann, Mark Neumann,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Eric Schwartz, and Eric
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Schaefer. In the first year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               William O’Farrell, Chief
                                                                                                                                                             Fédération Internationale des Archives                                              NFPF receives funding                                                                         of Moving Image & Audio                             New Zealand Film
                                                                                      Formation of AMIA                                                      du Film (FIAF) conference in Cartagena,                                             for Treasures of American
                             An amateur industrial,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Conservation at the National                        Archive exhibition,, a
                                                                                      Amateur Materials                                                      Colombia, symposium Out of the Attic:                                               Film Archives, includes
                             From Stump to Ship,                                                                                                                                                                 Getty Research Institute                                                                                                      Archives of Canada, spoke on                        8Super8 with 8mm        Website for home film
                             16mm restoration funded           Association of         working group.                                                         Archiving Amateur Film. FIAF Journal of                                             amateur film from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 symposium organized                                                                                                           the Amateur Cinema League,                          and Super 8 cam-        preservation spon-
                             by Maine Humanities               Moving Image           In 1993 name                                                           Film Preservation preceded meeting with                                             Japanese American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by Karen Ishizuka,                                                                                                            with a 1939 Hiram Percy                             eras, projectors.       sored by AMIA, goes
                             Council. In 1986 Northeast        Archivists (AMIA)      becomes Inédits                                                        an Open Forum on amateur film and                                                   National Museum,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Past as Present:                                                                                                          Maxim Memorial Award globe.                                                 live. By Jean-Louis
                             Historic Film founded.            emerges out of         interest group.                                                        followed in 1998 with Jan-Christopher                                               Minnesota Historical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Home Movies as                                                                                                                                                                                        Bigourdan, Liz Coffey,
                             Cineric donates 35mm              the Film/              Chairs Pam Wintle,                                                     Horak’s article about the symposium—                                                Society, National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a Cinema of Record.                                                                                                                                                                                       and Dwight Swanson,
                             preservation 2002, NHF            Television             Karen Ishizuka,                                                        on taking amateur cinema seriously.                                                 Museum of American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Genesis of book in                                                                                                                                                                                        edited by Bob Brodsky,
                             exhibits new print at the         Archives               Micheline Morisset.                                                                                                                                        History,Northeast Historic                                                                 Karen Shopsowitz produces My Father’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 press, Mining the Home                                                                                                                                                                                    Toni Treadway (www.
                             Library of Congress in            Advisory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Camera,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Movie: Excavations into         Film, West Virginia State                                                                                                                                       , David
                             2003 and MOMA in 2005.
                                                               Committee.                                                                                                                                        Historical and Cultural         Archives. The four-DVD set                                                                                                                                                Cleveland, Robin
                             In 2004 Janna Jones’s                                         Publication of the Report of      Publication of book,                                                                                                                                 Publication of Alan
                             article on the film in AMIA                                                                     Reel Families: A Social                                                             Memories edited by              is reissued in 2005.                                                                                                                                                      Williams, East Anglian
                                                                                           the Librarian of Congress,                                                                      Publication of                                                                         Kattelle’s book, Home
                             journal The Moving Image.                                     Film Preservation 1993: A         History of Amateur Film                                                             Karen Ishizuka and                                                                                               Unseen Cinema: Early                                                                     Film Archive.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Jubilee Book,                                                                          Movies: A History of the
                                                                                           Study of the Current State of     by Patricia Zimmermann                                                              Patricia Zimmermann.                                                                                             American Avant-Garde
                                                                                                                                                                                           Essays on                                                                              American Industry, 1897
                                                                                           American Film Preservation.       (from a 1984 Ph.D. dis-                                                                                                                                                                              Film shows at Moscow
                                                                                                                                                                                           amateur film by                                                                        – 1979, currently selling on
                                                                                           Written submissions from          sertation). At the AMIA                                                                                                                                                                              International Film Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                           l’Association                                                                 for $210 and
                                                                                           these archives focused on         conference in Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                and Whitney Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                           Européenne                                                                             more affordably at www.
                                                                                           home movies: Japanese             her plenary, Democracy                                                                                                                                                                               of American Art; orga-
Bob Brodsky and Toni                                                                                                                                                                       Inédits.                                                                                                                                                                                         Film History: An
                                                                                           American National Museum,         and Cinema: A History                                                                                                                                                                                nized by Anthology Film
Treadway publish film-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    International Journal
                                                                                           Oregon Historical Society,        of Amateur Film, is part                                                                                                                                                                             Archives and Deutsches
makers’ manual, Super                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     special issue, Amateur
                                                                                           Northeast Historic Film.          of the centennial of cin-                                                                                                                                                                            Filmmuseum.
8 in the Video Age.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Reel Thing X: Laboratory                                                                                                Cinema & Small-Gauge
1982-85 NEA National                                                                                                         ema series.                                                                          Big as Life: An               First Orphans Film Preservation               Technical Symposium in LA,                                                                                                  Film, edited by Melinda
Services grants                                                                                                                                                                                                   American History              Symposium at the University                   Toni Treadway presents                                                                                                      Stone and Dan Streible.
awarded to B & T to                                                                                                                                          New York Women in Film & Television’s                of 8mm Films, Jytte           of South Carolina, Saving                     Topaz, Cineric’s 8mm film         L. Jeffrey Selznick School,
tour media arts centers                                                                                                                                      Women’s Film Preservation Fund                       Jensen, MoMA,                 Orphan Films in the Digital Age               to 35mm blowup; an excerpt        Rochester, NY, Dwight
                                                                                    The US Holocaust Memorial                 Publication of book,                                                                                                                                                                              Swanson lectures students
to help small-gauge                                                                                                                                          (WFPF) first year, makes amateur film                and Steve Anker,              organized by Dan Streible. A                  of 1930s Czech home mov-
                                                                                    Museum in Washington, DC,                 Lovers of Cinema: The                                                                                                                                                                             on small gauge and amateur
artists.                                                                                                                                                     preservation grant to the Southern                   SF Cinematheque,              screening, A Home for Home                    ies copied to PAL DigiBeta
                                  East Anglian Film Archive Masters Course          opens. Raye Farr developed                First American Film Avant-                                                                                                                                                                        film and regional archives. The      The Moving Image, the
                                                                                                                                                             Media Archive. Karen Glynn preserves                 1998-2001 exhibition          Movies, with Alan Berliner and                and thence to 35mm; William
                                  starts; David Cleveland founded the Archive       exhibition videos; amateur film           Garde 1919-1945, by                                                                                                                                                                               preservation school began in         AMIA journal, first issue.
                                                                                                                                                             Emma Lytle’s Raisin’ Cotton (1938-                   and catalog.                  Péter Forgács.                                O’Farrell presents 9.5mm work
                                  in 1976—holdings include family and per-          is part of the archival and inter-        Jan-Christopher Horak in                                                                                                                                                                          1996; every year since 1997          Edited by Jan-Christopher
                                                                                    pretive record.                                                          1941). WFPF later supports amateur                                                                                               including Hints, a Pathex film.                                        Horak; two issues per year.
                                  sonal films and videos.                                                                     which he discusses earliest    film preservation at NHF and the Louis                                                                                                                             an invited speaker from NHF
                                  Photo courtesy Jane Alvey.                                                                  avant-garde filmmakers and                                                                                                                                                                        lectures and screens amateur         Many articles and reviews
                                                                                                                                                             Wolfson II Media History Center. www.                                                                                                                                                                   in the later editions relate to
                                                                                                                              also the Amateur Cinema                                                                                                                                                         and regional film.
                                                                                                                              League.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                amateur, small gauge and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     regional film.

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