Event Venue: St. Louis Central Public Library (Hosted by Washington
University Film & Media Archive and SLPL)
Event time (screening): October 26, 1pm – 3pm
Event time (inspection): Days prior to event and during
Total Audience: 38 (including volunteers). An additional 40 stopped to look at projectors, cameras, etc. that we had on display outside of the viewing space.
Number of people bringing films: 8
Films screened by Gauge:
Super 8: 1
Video: 8 (3 VHS, 5 DVD)
Special events/screenings: George T. Keating Home Movie Featuring Ford Madox Ford, preserved last year with funds from NFPF.
Press (pre-event and post-event): Article featured in Washington University publication, The Record.
Report submitted by Nadia Ghasedi, Head of Visual Media Research Lab, Washington
Films from Home Movie Day: Living Room Cinema (DVD)
Holly Weller’s home movies
(1967-68, 8mm film, color, silent, 50’) Christmas morning gift opening, 3 little kids display toys. Spring scene 2 kids ride tricycles, play with neighbor dog.
(1969-70, 8mm film, color, silent, 50’) Snowy street, kids ride tricycles in shoveled driveway and sidewalk. Sledding and laughing.
(1971, 8mm film, color, silent, 50’) Florida vacation. Little kids in swimming suits. Slide into pool. Building sandcastles on beach. Family visiting Saratoga Jungle Gardens. Plants and birds. Parrot on little boy’s arm.
Paul Preisler Home Movie, Missouri Historical Society film (1936, 16mm
film, B&W, silent)
May Day Parade 1936 from the Paul Preisler Collection. Union members marching, signs demand that Tom Mooney be freed and tout New Deal, Liberty League, and the CIO. Labor activists give vigorous speeches, one speaker is African-American.
Charmaine Scott’s home movies
(1977, 8 film, color, silent, 50’)Family members opening Christmas gifts (including CorningWare); young adults with long hair and beards, grandparents, women cooking, family dog, nativity scene on table, family gathered in living room.
(1974, 8 film, color, silent, 50’) Footage of “Field Day” gathering of shortwave radio club in park at Lindbergh and Brown Road near airport. Members include Ms. Scott’s father and brother. Shot of Ford van, tent. Men eat, drink beer, wear coats. Man setting automatic camera to take group photo.
(1967, 8 mm, color, silent, 50’) Shots of grandparent’s country house. Grandfather proudly demonstrates the pool cover he built. Shots of small pond he constructed and decorated with material left on building sites.
Nadia Ghasedi’s home movies
(1989, VHS, color, sound) Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house in Sullivan, MO. Young girl narrates, cooking, grandma stirs stuffing, Uncle Gary, turkey in oven, children play with dog, ride scooters and admire “country trees.”
(1996, DVD transfer from VHS, color, sound) 8th grade surprise birthday party. Boys and girls hang around family rec room. One boy plays guitar and some kids sing along a bit. Star Wars birthday cake.
(1977, Super 8 mm, color, silent, 50’) Family visit to Iran prior to revolution. Shots of Nadia Ghasedi’s parents, siblings, cousins and grandmother. Picnic. Boys wrestling.
Laura Henke experimental student film (16 mm film, B&W, silent, 6 min.)
Medium close-up of young woman’s face. Stays very still. Blinks.
Swallows. Sheds one tear, which rolls down cheek.
Andrea Johnson’s home movies (early 90s, VHS, color, sound)
Family on train in Connecticut. Many shots out window at passing landscape, houses, river, boats on lake, sound of wheels and train whistle. Later, the train sits still and passengers look bored.
Family gathering in back yard of University City home. Girl plays with
giant bubble wand. Adult men take over and try to make huge bubbles.
Anne Posega’s home movies
(1950s, 16 mm, color , 300’) Family members including Ms. Posega’s grandfather on trip to Mexico. Image shows dirt caught in camera lens. Many shots of people sitting around a swimming pool drinking and smoking, also restaurant and bar of hotel. Waitress rolls her eyes. Ends with footage of the drive home, desert, road, gas station, San Antonio Motel and finally the car in the driveway with sign, “Home Again, Indiana. Hasta Luegos. Finis.”
(1950s, 16 mm, B&W, 50’) Footage of a wedding, which Ms. Posega
conjectures took place in either South Bend, Ind. or Detroit. Bride
may be Ms. Posega’s aunt, and her mother may be a bridesmaid.
Erin Suelmann’s home movies (1957-58, 8 mm film, color, silent, 400’)
Footage shows Ms. Suelmann’s father as a boy sledding, and other family home movies, a baby, a family opening Christmas presents, playing at a beach, children swimming in a lake, a shiny new 1950s car, elderly relatives washing dishes at a family gathering. The home was in South St. Louis County and cousins lived next door. Christmas – dolls for girls, skates for boys – girl also plays with Nativity scene. Visit to Grant’s Farm.
Shots of unknown wedding. Colorful bridesmaid dresses. Birthday party.
FROM WU COLLECTIONS:
Al Parker Home Movies (1939-1961, DVD transfer from 8 mm, color, silent)
Admiral riverboat on Mississippi. Smoke stacks and pollution. 1930s,
men in ties, women in dresses. Man on porch swing holding small child.
Elderly couple. Child pumps water.
Dana Brown Safari Coffee Commercials (DVD transfer, color sound, 6 min.)
held by Washington University Film & Media Archive, Mama warthog protects baby warthogs, Brown eats tiger fish dinner, Cape Buffalo herd intimidates crocodile, Lion cub afraid of rhino, baby baboons riding baby bush pigs.
George T. Keating Home Movie Featuring Ford Madox Ford (1929, 16 mm
film, B&W, 4 min.)
Held by Washington University Film & Media Archive, only existing film footage of 20th Century British Author Ford Madox Ford. He is seen playing with children, petting a dog.
Once Upon a Hill There Was a School (1963, DVD transfer from 16 mm, B&W, sound)
W.U. Promotional Film directed by Martin Lavut with Music by Billy Sleator. Financed by the Forsythe Houses Program and the Television, Radio Film Office of Washington University (Under the Directorship of Richard Hartzell) Filmed at Washington University St. Louis, Missouri, 1963. Male student wakes up in dorm, gets dressed, broods. Female students read in bed, engage in pillow fight, eat breakfast and smoke. Both students and professor smoke in class while discussing Camus. Students sit and read at various locations around campus, including library. Many shots of campus activities: basketball game, karate tournament, cheerleaders, sculpture class, student play (South Pacific?). Graffiti, cafeteria, kids climbing on the stands at football field.