Cyrus Pinkham Films to be presented and screened at SCMS 2011

Submitted by Gemma

Amateur film scholar Caitlin McGrath will present her research and findings on the Cyrus Pinkham Collection from Northeast Historic Film's holdings at the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) in New Orleans March 10 - 13, 2011. Her presentation, titled "Be Beautiful?: The Amateur Films of Cyrus Pinkham," will lead the panel "Alternative Film Histories: Hollywood and the Amateur Revisited" which Caitlin is co-chairing with Charles Tepperman.


In Memoriam: Alan Kattelle

Submitted by David

We are saddened by the death of Alan Kattelle on December 8, 2010. For many years Alan was a mentor and dear friend. When Northeast Historic Film established an advisory board in 1997, Alan was one of the founding members. We will miss his wise counsel, his encyclopedic knowledge and generous spirit.


Google, Amazon, and NHF

Submitted by David

In Bradenton, Florida, the other day a man named Danny Patt took a notion and searched that name on the Internet. His father's name was also Danny Patt and he was surprised when one of the results was a DVD for sale on, Aroostook County 1920s. I had the pleasure of Mr. Patt's call on Monday and was able to give him the production date, 1994, and how Northeast Historic Film came to preserve the film and ask his father to compile a musical score as accompaniment.


Thank You to Members

Submitted by Jessica

Are you a member of NHF?  If you joined or renewed in 2010 we just sent you a special treat. Each member received a DVD with excerpts from five projects we have been working on. Like our collections, the projects cover a wide range of topics like land use, town profiles, Boston news, politics, and maritime heritage. These are not finished products, but rather a sneak peek. If you are not a member it's not too late to get your copy. Visit the Membership section of this site to learn how to join.



Submitted by Jane
  1. Dead River Rough Cut: Director's Cut
  2. From Stump to Ship : A 1930 Logging Film
  3. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine
  4. A Downeast Smile-In With Marshall Dodge
  5. Woodsmen and River Drivers: Another Day, Another Era
  6. Alone in the Wilderness
  7. Lumberjack Sky Pilot
  8. Earliest Maine Films
  9. Ice Harvesting Sampler
  10. King Spruce
  11. Dynamite Whiskey and Wood: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870-1915
  12. Northern Logging: Machines in the Woods

All of these are VERY thoughtful gifts and easy to wrap!


Describing Local Films: New Thoughts on Itinerant-produced Works

Submitted by Karan

Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Association of Moving Image Archivists/ International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives conference in Philadelphia we will present on "See yourself" films from the 1930s.


Maine Home Movie Day

Submitted by Katrina

On Saturday, October 16, Northeast Historic Film co-hosted Maine Home Movie Day from 1pm until 4pm at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.  We were very pleased to have about thirty visitors, eight of whom brought in films to be inspected and screened.  That afternoon we screened 8mm, Super8 and 16mm films; some of the film content was familiar to the owner, and some films were unknown surprises.  This was my first Home Movie Day, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.


Rainy day update from the Fryeburg Fair

Submitted by Jane

What is a moving image archives doing at Maine's largest agricultural fair? The sign on the side of the Farm Museum states, “Old Maine Films.” We have a cozy space in the furthest corner of the museum. We are set up like a little theater. It's one of the few places on the fairgrounds where you can just come sit inside without having to buy some sort of barbecued meat.


Annual Appeal

Submitted by David

Our 2010 Annual Appeal letters just went into the mail.  If you aren't one of the lucky 2,000 people who received one but would be heartbroken not to participate, I can help.  Read on and I'll give you three easy options.


Wohelo a hit on NFPF site!

Submitted by Gemma

David Wells of the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) reports that a clip from our Wohelo-The Luther Gulick Camp Collection is among the most popular on their site, with an estimated 1,027 viewings from June 1 to August 31! NFPF generously funded the preservation of 2 reels from this amazing collection in 2002.

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