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. Ryan Shand will also present on this panel and Haidee Wasson will be the respondent.

Caitlin became interested in this collection while researching films of the 1939 New York World's Fair last summer as part of the 2010 William S. O'Farrell Fellowship she was awarded. The quality of the cinematography and content in the World's Fair reel that Pinkham shot stood out to Caitlin. I suggested Caitlin watch the rest of this unusual collection, and after just a few minutes she was intrigued and inspired to continue researching the collection deeper, resulting in the presentation she will give this spring. NHF will create new finding aids for the Cyrus Pinkham Collection this year with funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Also of special interest at this year's SCMS conference is a workshop chaired by NHF Summer Symposium alumni Snowden Becker titled "Home Movie Research Methodologies" featuring scholars Maija Howe, Marsha Orgeron and Liz Czach. I'm looking forward to hearing from these international experts! 

For more information about these panels check out the SCMS 2011 Preliminary Conference Schedule!

Happy New Year! Gemma