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Los Alamos National Lab has posted some 1943 home movies of the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. Physicist Hugh Bradner shot movies “in a place that didn’t officially exist.”

 

8mm Redux is a new exhibit by artist Jeremy Borsos at Montreal’s SBC Gallery. Borsos projects 27 old home movies he has purchased on eBay on the gallery’s wall.

Each film, measured in seconds, starts with people lining up for a group photo or gathering around a birthday cake – or, sometimes, walking into the scene unaware of the camera.

The projections end with everybody waving, or in one set with the subjects covering their faces.

Jeremy Borsos, SBC Gallery

Source: Montreal Gazette

Actress Sean Young has a YouTube channel containing several videos. Most notable among them is a video originally shot on Super 8 featuring her time during the making of David Lynch’s Dune.

Also worth watching is a video compilation featuring footage of her childhood.

The Library of Congress’s list of films named to the National Film Registry this year includes the home movie collection of the Nicholas Brothers.

Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930s-1940s)
Fayard and Harold Nicholas, renowned for their innovative and exuberant dance routines, began in vaudeville in the late 1920s before headlining at the Cotton Club in Harlem, starring on Broadway and performing in Hollywood films. Fred Astaire is reported to have called their dance sequence in “Stormy Weather” (1943) the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen. Their home movies capture a golden age of show business—with extraordinary footage of Broadway, Harlem and Hollywood—and also document the middle-class African-American life of that era, images made rare by the considerable cost of home-movie equipment during the Great Depression. Highlights include the only footage shot inside the Cotton Club, the only footage of famous Broadway shows like “Babes in Arms,” home movies of an all African-American regiment during World War II, films of street life in Harlem in the 1930s, and the family’s cross-country tour in 1934.

 

The Wall Street Journal has an article about the World War II home movies of Edwin Fitchett of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Fitchett got his first movie camera at 15 and recorded family trips and holiday gatherings. He continued his hobby when he entered Cornell University in 1940, filming college and fraternity life on the Ivy League campus in Ithaca, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army in September 1942 but remained stateside until July 1945, when his artillery battalion was shipped to the Pacific. His unit was training for the pending invasion of Japan when the war ended just weeks after they arrived in the Philippines.

With U.S. military censorship restrictions lifted, Fitchett had his camera sent from home, along with any rolls of Kodak color film his parents could find. Soon he was taking the camera along on sightseeing trips to Manila and the Philippines countryside, often in the battalion’s flimsy two-seater planes used as aerial spotters.

The 71 minute DVD of Fitchett’s home movies is available for sale at www.fitchettfilm.com

Reappropriated home movies and The 6ths.

The University of Utah has posted “Rainbow Trail,” a short film by Orland Lavell “Brig” Tapp on its YouTube channel. The film about a fishing trip was named to the Amateur Cinema League’s list of Top 10 best amateur films in 1948.  Tapp (1909-1964) was the owner of O.L. Tapp Electrical and Heating Company in Salt Lake City and a president of the Utah Cine Arts Club.  His movies and scrapbooks are held by the Mariott Library at the University of Utah.

The National Folk Museum of Korea is just wrapping up “Korea 1952,” an exhibit of photographs and home movies by Dr. Charles Burstone of Farmington, Connecticut.

A native of St. Louis, Burstone had practiced as dentist for about a year before he enlisted in 1951 and was eventually stationed at the K-9 Air Base in the Suyeong district of Busan in southern Korea, where he provided dental services to service people and locals.

After years of showing his 8mm films to friends and colleagues, Burstone created a DVD of the images, which was shared by a Korean dental colleague, Park Young-chui, with the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul.

Source: Asia News Network and Hartford Courant

The website myblocknyc.com is an interactive and searchable website that allows users to upload their personal videos of New York City. Users can then search by topic, time of day, season, and age of sex of the filmmaker, or browse the map to find clips like “Cookie Monster Plays Xylophone” (Lexington Ave. between E. 43rd and 44th). Through November 7th, visitors at the Museum of Modern Art can view the MyBlockNYC installation on a 40-inch touch screen kiosk.

One side effect of the popularity of Super 8 (the movie) is a sudden rise in articles on Super 8 (the film gauge).

The Atlantic recently repurposed this Smithsonian Collections Blog post written by the Human Studies Film Archives’ Adrianna Link.

Super 8

Photograph by Karma Foley for Human Studies Film Archives.