Essays

"From Stump to Ship: Forgotten Film to the Formation of a Film Archives," by Janna Jones

“As long as the state of Maine exists, as long as there are woods, this will be a primary document for a way of life that does not exist any more. It helps us to come close to the flavor of the time–to know what the men looked like; to know how they moved; to even understand their faces. The film captures that Yankee toughness and that certain wry quality."
--Pam Wintle, quoted by Janna Jones.

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"Home Movies," by Karan Sheldon

Amateur films contain extensive cultural and political information from unheard voices. Who made these films? Why? Who saw them? These questions require much greater attention. It is a privilege to uncover this private past. 
--A piece from the 1990s.

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"New England in Feature Films," by Karan Sheldon

Five themes in discussion of New England in feature films:  Development of Yankee characters, Small-town life contrasted with city values, Seafaring tales, Family secrets, and Haunted New England. 
--Written in 2001 with a filmography from the same era.

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