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Amateur Film at AMIA Anchorage

Amateur Film at AMIA Anchorage

The 2007 Annual Conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists will be held in Anchorage, Alaska on October 3-7. Among the screenings taking place there will be On Screen: A Celebration of Diverse Identities and Cultures in Amateur Film and Video. Coordinated by HMD LA volunteer Christopher Lane and hosted by AMIA’s LGBT Interest Group, Small Gauge and Amateur Film Interest Group, and Diversity Task Force, On Screen will showcase amateur works that feature under-represented groups of people from both inside and outside points of view, exemplifying the depth and breadth of diversity that exist in amateur moving images.

The presenters include Dirk Tordoff of the Alaska Film Archives; Pamela Wintle of the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution; HMD Los Angeles volunteer Lynne Kirste of the Academy Film Archive; Grace Lile of WITNESS Media Archive; HMD San Francisco host Stephen Parr of San Francisco Media Archive/Oddball Film+Video; Francine Lastufka Taylor of the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association; HMD Santa Fe volunteer Sibel Melik of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Archives and Historical Services Division; and HMD co-founder/HMD New Orleans volunteer Dwight Swanson of the Center for Home Movies.

Dwight will be presenting Think of Me First as a Person (1960-1975), a home movie/documentary about filmmaker Dwight Core’s son, Dwight Core, Jr., who was born with Down Syndrome. The film was completed ten years after the original filmmaker passed away by his grandson, George Ingmire, who recovered the collection from his grandfather’s attic. George first presented this film at a Home Movie Day New Orleans screening. It was a standout film of the program.

On Screen will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Egan Conference Center in Anchorage, Alaska. This screening follows the panel session In Focus: A Celebration of Diverse Identities and Cultures in Amateur Film, held earlier on Saturday from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.