Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960

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Moving image works discussed in the anthology may be viewed here, organized by essay. To play, click on video’s center arrow. To make the video full screen, click on the four arrows in the lower right. All the works are silent, except for 5.1 Tea Party. Copies of most of the films are available in other forms for reuse and exhibition. If you are interested in a title, please contact To report issues with video viewing, please email




Part 1: Locating Contexts: Archive, Material, History, Place

1. A Place for Moving Images: Thirty Years of Northeast Historic Film / Karan Sheldon
2. The Technologies of Home Movies and Amateur Film / Dino Everett
3. A Region Apart: Representations of Maine and Northern New England in Personal Film, 1920–1940 / Libby Bischof
4. A Strange Familiarity: Alexander Forbes and the Aesthetics of Amateur Film / Justin Wolff

Part 2: Creative Choices: Recovering Value in Amateur Film

Reflection 1. The Task at Hand: The Films of Ernest Stillman / Whit Stillman
5. Midway between Secular and Sacred: Consecrating the Home Movie as a Cultural Heritage Object / Karen F. Gracy
6. “All the Wonderful Possibilities of Motion Pictures”: Hiram Percy Maxim and the Aesthetics of Amateur Filmmaking / Charles Tepperman
7. Comedic Counterpoise: Landscape and Laughs in the Films of Sidney N. Shurcliff / Martha J. McNamara

Part 3: Everyday Lives: Home and Work in Amateur Film

Reflection 2. Perspectives on the Home Movies of Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Elder / Jennifer Neptune
8. Not-at-Home Movies / Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed
9. The Boss’s Film: Expert Amateurs and Industrial Culture / Brian R. Jacobson

Part 4: Families: Private and Public

Reflection 3. “The Ring of Time” in the E. B. White Home Movies / Martha White
10. Opening the Can: Home Movies in the Public Sphere / Melissa Dollman
11. Layers of Vision in Amateur Film / Mark Neumann and Janna Jones