Book Launch, Amateur Movie Making, featuring Rare-Format Film Projection by Dino Everett

Jun
23
Submitted by David
On Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m., Northeast Historic Film will host a book launch for Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960. 
The event, free and open to the public, will include projection of rare-format film by Cinematic Archivist Dino Everett from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
 
Amateur Movie Making contains original research by a dozen authors from art history, film history, gender studies, visual culture, library and information science, and other disciplines—all addressing home movies and amateur film from the collections of Northeast Historic Film.  “The essays in this volume, written in plain language, provide fresh insight into this still underappreciated art form,” says Philip Prodger, Head of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
 
Reflections from authors connected through family and culture add intimacy to the book:  Jennifer Neptune from Indian Island discusses the home movies of Penobscot Elder Charles Shay. Martha White shares insights on 16mm films by her grandfather, E.B. White, who captured his life in Brooklin, Maine. Whit Stillman analyzes the inspiration of Ernest Stillman on Mt. Desert Island in the 1920s and 1930s: “He plunged into filming with his 16mm camera the magnificent physical world surrounding the small, seasonal, “social” one. His greatest subject was the craft of Maine commercial fishing, especially thriving in those years.”  The book’s website is oldfilm.org/amm (video copies of original film to accompany the text.)
 
In the book’s foreword, Alice T. Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art at Wellesley College, says, “The amateur films studied here open up a vast array of topic and questions, not only about the material culture of the past, but about the medium itself and its capacities for documentation and narrative invention. Issues of privacy and public consumption are inherent in this investigation. So too are questions about gender identity, sexuality, social class, and even humor.”  
 
Karan Sheldon, co-editor of Amateur Movie Making, published by Indiana University Press, helped to found Northeast Historic Film, the moving image archives in Bucksport. Book contributors Mark Neumann, Melissa Dollman, and Dino Everett will also be present.  Books will be available for purchase, thanks to Book Stacks, Bucksport’s bookstore, and the store’s owner, Andy Lacher.  ($35, 290 pages, illustrated.)
 
The screening by Dino Everett and book launch is the public kickoff for Northeast Historic Film’s 18th annual Summer Film Symposium, http://oldfilm.org/content/2017-symposium
 
For more information: nhf@oldfilm.org

Northeast Historic Film, Alamo Theatre, 85 Main Street, Bucksport   207 469-0924