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In 1936, the same year that he filmed Tarzan and the Rocky Gorge, a 16 year old Robbins Barstow joined his brother and five other boys on a journey of nearly 8,000 miles from Hartford, Connecticut to Montana and back. Led by a Hartford Seminary graduate student, the boys crossed 14 states and into Canada, camping along the way.

Before his death last year Robbins had the film, which he title The Adventure of the Galloping Geese, transferred to videotape, though sadly  it is lacking his trademark narration.


From a review of the “Open Process: New Work by Miami Artists” exhibit at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art:

Autumn Casey, who graduated from New World School of the Arts, has risen from such shows as Fart Basel at Churchill’s to take on the all-American road trip, Elvis and gun culture. Her installation incorporates Mom vs. Psychic, a video in which Casey’s mom offers advice, counter-pointed by the wisdom of a psychic from Cassadaga, the famed spiritual refuge in Central Florida. Casey also threw in a slice of video from Graceland, a framed tissue soaked with her tears and ordinary home movies of her childhood. Home movies, recast as an ironic examination of the inner zeitgeist, have become this year’s fashionable art installation accessory.

Source: Miami Herald

Filmmakers Penny Lane and Brian Frye have started a Kickstarter fundraiser page for their film Our Nixon. The film is compiled from Super 8 films shot by Nixon’s White House Staff between 1969 and 1972. The collection was loaned to the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, blown up to 16mm and transferred to video. It is one of the great underutilized gems of American presidential history, so hopefully this project will rescue the films from obscurity.

OUR NIXON (trailer)

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The Quincy (Michigan) Historical Society is searching for local home movies that are at least 25 years old. The films will be digitized and then screened as part of a “movie night” series.

Source: The Daily Reporter

Bristol (UK) will host a screening of the film “Shooting the War: Women” as part of the celebration of the centenary of International Women’s Day.

First shown on BBC4, Colin’s film uses home movies shot in Britain and Germany to provide a strikingly different perspective on women’s roles and experience. From Land Girls to Spitfire pilots, for many it offered opportunities they’d never seen in the 1930s.

The film was one episode of a three-part series produced by Available Light and shown on BBC Four, the other episodes being “Men” and Children.”