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After four programs of films from his adopted home of San Francisco, archival film guru Rick Prelinger turns his eye on the Motor City with his screening “Lost Landscapes of Detroit,” February 10th at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
This isn’t going to be a narrative of urban decline or the “ruins porn” that’s become fashionable. Rather, it’s a collection of amazing and almost-all-lost footage that celebrates a vibrant, busy and productive Detroit from 1917 through the 1970s. The idea is to bring these images back to Detroiters for their contemplation and use as they rebuild their city for the future.
In that spirit, at the screening I’m going to give out copies of the show so people in Detroit can reshow and remix it, and it’ll be online at the Internet Archive after the screening.
The irrepressible Melinda Stone will host two screenings of amateur and cine-club films, including a tribute to the late Sid Laverents, alongside new productions
Sunday, February 21, 2010
3:00 p.m. For the Love of It: Seventh Annual Festival of Amateur Filmmaking
(U.S., 1972–2009). Artists in person. Introduced by Melinda Stone. Group productions from local amateur film clubs share the screen with newly commissioned Kodachrome films by Kerry Laitala, Jim Granato, Keith Evans, and Paul Clipson. (c. 60 mins)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
3:00 p.m. Sid’s Cinema: A Tribute to Amateur Filmmaker Sid Laverents
Sid Laverents (U.S., 1963–85). Introduced by Ross Lipman and Melinda Stone. We celebrate the career of this amateur auteur, whose “sense of humor . . . braids vaudeville, Looney Tunes, slapstick, and the drollery of old New Yorker cartoons.”—N.Y. Times. (c. 65 mins)
Source: Pacific Film Archive
Home and Amateur has featured Robbins Barstow’s Disneyland Dream several times, but there were other home movie makers in Disneyland in 1956. Jeff Altman has posted some gorgeous Kodachrome footage [part 1] [part 2] shot by his grandfather, including a shot of his grandmother meeting Walt Disney himself.
The Super Bowl is still a few weeks away, but one lucky city is looking forward to filling the streets and burning stuff like they did in San Francisco in 1985.