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Burglars Return Stolen Home Videos

Posted by November 20th, 2011

A Hall County, Georgia family had their stolen home videos returned by some remorseful burglars.

Freeman said he was beginning to lose hope that he would never see the home videos of his two young children again. Freeman said he has documented the moment Jess and Julius were born until the present. He wanted his sons, now 4 and 5 years old, to be able to watch themselves grow up and cherish the moments they had with their grandmother who recently passed away.

“They say if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be like a million,” Freeman said.

Source: WSBtv.com [Video]

Edwin Fitchett’s WWII Home Movies

Posted by November 13th, 2011

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

The 6ths

Posted by October 23rd, 2011

Reappropriated home movies and The 6ths.

“Rainbow Trail”

Posted by September 9th, 2011

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.

Home Movies from the Korean War

Posted by August 31st, 2011

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

Mapping New York’s Amateur Videos

Posted by August 5th, 2011

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.