Home Movie Day Around the World

17 Oct

Just a reminder that Home Movie Day in St. Louis happens tomorrow at St. Louis Central Public Library in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm.

Washington University Film & Media Archive and the St. Louis Central Public Library host this event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD home movies. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies. 

Home Movie Day is an international event and the Center for Home Movies has been highlighting films from around the world. Below is a home movie that was shown at Home Movie Day Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan. (Junji Shinohara, 1975, Super 8, color, silent, 7:00. Location: Natsudomari and Asamushi, Japan).

The Center for Home Movies has also highlighted the films of Peter Mork. (1969-1970, 8mm, color, silent with commentary by Peter Mork, 8:35. Locations: Lake Ossipee, New Hampshire; Weston, Massachusetts; 3. Nantucket, Massachusetts).

These films show the unique and special nature of home movies, both personal in nature and a visual record of how culture, fashion, cities, and places have changed over the years, they can be enjoyed by anyone.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm. Film drop off will begin at noon.

For more information about this event, contact WU Film & Media Archive.
314-935-8679
wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

Home Movie Day in St. Louis

10 Oct

Join us for Home Movie Day in St. Louis!

Washington University Film & Media Archive and the St. Louis Central Public Library hosts this international event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD home movies. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies.

The Center for Home Movies has released a new trailer to celebrate the event and home movies. Complied from home movies shown over the past 12 years the promo highlights what is special and unique about home movies.

Contrary to the stereotype of the faded, scratched, and shaky home movie image, the original films are often carefully shot in beautiful, vibrant color. Home Movie Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of these amateur films, during which people in cities and towns all over meet their local film archivists, find out about the archival advantages of film over video and digital media copies, and—most importantly—get to watch those old family films!

–Center for Home Movies [press release]

Still have questions about Home Movie Day? Watch this brief clip for more info.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held at St. Louis Central Public Library in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm. Film drop off will begin at noon.

For more information about this event, contact WU Film & Media Archive.
314-935-8679
wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

Film & Media Archive October Events

3 Oct

Home Movie Day in St. Louis

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Washington University Film & Media Archive and St. Louis Public Library hosts this international event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD home movies. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held in the Creative Experience Room, Saturday, October 18, 1pm – 3pm. Film drop off will begin at noon.

This is the 12th annual Home Movie Day, an event that celebrates home movies, amateur films, and filmmaking.

“Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely,” stated Skip Elsheimer, president of the Center for Home Movies. “That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history,” added Elsheimer.

–Home Movie Day Press Release, 2014


For more information about this event, contact WU Film & Media Archive.
314-935-8679 ~ wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

RAWSTOCK Halloween Edition

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Washington University Libraries presents RAWSTOCK: Halloween Edition, a FREE screening of the scariest, creepiest, and most disturbing educational films, burlesque acts, and more!

Friday, October 24, 8pm at Melt, 2712 Cherokee Street

Costumes encouraged!

 

 

 

 

Screening of “A Regular Bouquet” and Q&A with Actor and Filmmaker Richard Beymer

26 Sep

Washington University Film & Media Archive hosted a screening of A Regular Bouquet, followed by a Q&A with actor and filmmaker, Richard Beymer on September 23. Best known for his roles as “Tony” in the film adaption of West Side Story (1961) and “Ben Horne” in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), actor Richard Beymer’s documentary film, A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer (1964) offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History. Beymer was one of the few filmmakers to spend significant time working with Freedom Summer volunteers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Footage from Beymer’s film was used in filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Summer (2014) and in episode five of Henry Hampton’s landmark series Eyes on the Prize, Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964). 

A Regular Bouquet is a unique film and primary document of Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Beymer worked alongside Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists, organizing and registering people to vote in rural Mississippi. The footage he captured shows the daily life of African-American Mississippians and the extreme poverty and deprivation of their surroundings along with the excitement of the young people attending the Freedom Schools and organizational meetings. Many thanks to Mr. Beymer for sharing his film and memories with the audience.

Washington University Film & Media Archive received a National Film Preservation Foundation Grant (NFPF) to preserve A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi SummerOnce the preservation state is complete, Washington University Film & Media Archive will create a digital copy which will be available to stream online.  A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer is an invaluable film for filmmakers, researchers, teachers, and historians, and we look forward to making it available to the public.

Actor and filmmaker Richard Beymer and audience during the Q&A following the screening of "A Regular Bouquet."

Actor and filmmaker Richard Beymer and audience during the Q&A following the screening of “A Regular Bouquet.”

 

Risking Everything Exhibition

18 Sep

Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive presents a traveling exhibition from the Wisconsin Historical Society on Freedom Summer, Risking Everything. Through September 29, visitors can see the exhibit on Level One of Olin Library featuring materials selected from over 1,100 boxes of unpublished papers created by individual activists, community groups, and national organizations.

 Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the "Risking Everything" exhibition in Olin Library.


Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the “Risking Everything” exhibition in Olin Library.

The Wisconsin Historical Society also has a companion website for the exhibit that contains more detailed explanations and over 30,000 digitized primary documents and photos that can be viewed in their original context. All documents are from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s online archive of Freedom Summer records.

 Rudolph Clay, African & African American Studies Librarian, and Urban Studies Librarian speaks to students from the Confluence Preparatory Academy. — at Washington University Libraries - Olin Library.


Rudolph Clay, African & African American Studies Librarian, and Urban Studies Librarian speaks to students from the Confluence Preparatory Academy. — at Washington University Libraries – Olin Library.

Gathered during the mid-1960s, this collection is an incredible rich source of primary documents created by volunteers with the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC) and other activists who were engaged at the grass-roots level in the deep South during Freedom Summer. After Freedom Summer graduate students Bob and Vicki Gabriner, and Mimi Feingold Real who were studying at the University of Wisconsin saw an opportunity to create an archive that would document the extraordinary things they had seen and experienced working in the South. For more on the history of the collection, see this article.

 Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the "Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer" exhibition in Olin Library. — at Washington University Libraries - Olin Library.


Confluence Preparatory Academy students tour the “Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer” exhibition in Olin Library. — at Washington University Libraries – Olin Library.

The Freedom Summer Records are a perfect companion to the Film Archive’s Henry Hampton Collection and the recently acquired Richard Beymer Collection both of which also have many primary source interviews, photographs, film, and documents relating to Freedom Summer.  An exhibit of material from these two collections, Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer can be viewed in the Grand Staircase Lobby & Gingko Room in Olin Library through October 25.

These three collections focus on activists and volunteers who may not have been famous but who were the backbone of the movement, including Amzie Moore, Unita Blackwell, Victoria Gray Adams, and the numerous students, volunteers, and courageous residents who dared to register to vote.

 

September Events at the Film & Media Archive

12 Sep
Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. Photo from the Richard Beymer Collection.

Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. Photo from the Richard Beymer Collection.

Commemorating Mississippi Freedom Summer

Washington University Film & Media Archive invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal time in American history.

Screening of A Regular Bouquet and Q&A with Actor Richard Beymer, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7pm, Etta Eiseman Steinberg Auditorium

A free screening of the short documentary film A Regular Bouquet  (1964), recently donated to the Film & Media Archive, and Q&A with filmmaker and actor Richard Beymer. Best known for his roles as Tony in the film adaptation of West Side Story (1961) and in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Beymer’s film, offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History.

 

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer Exhibition, Thru Oct. 25, Grand Staircase Lobby & Gingko Room, Olin Library

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1964’s Freedom Summer, this exhibit highlights primary source materials from the Washington University Libraries’ newly acquired Richard Beymer Collection and its inaugural Henry Hampton Collection.

Risking Everything Exhibition, Thru Sept. 29, Olin Library

A Freedom Summer traveling exhibit, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, featuring materials selected from over 1,100 boxes of unpublished papers created by individual activists, community groups, and national organizations.

 

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer

28 Aug

Group photo of students and volunteers with Richard Beymer at a Freedom School during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. © The Richard Beymer Collection.

Group photo of students and volunteers with Richard Beymer at a Freedom School during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. © The Richard Beymer Collection.

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer

An exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is now on view in Olin Library, Gingko Room.

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer highlights primary source materials from the Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive’s newly acquired Richard Beymer Collection and inaugural Henry Hampton Collection.The exhibit also celebrates the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant awarded to the Film & Media Archive in 2014 to preserve Beymer’s documentary A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer.

Best known for his roles as “Tony” in the film adaption of West Side Story (1961) and “Ben Horne” in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), actor Richard Beymer’s documentary film, A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer (1964) offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History. Beymer was one of the few filmmakers to spend significant time working with Freedom Summer volunteers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As a result, other documentary filmmakers frequently seek his footage. Most recently, filmmaker Stanley Nelson relied heavily on A Regular Bouquet when completing his film, Freedom Summer, which premiered in June 2014 on PBS. Beymer’s footage was also included in Henry Hampton’s seminal documentary series, Eyes on the Prize (1987). Featured in episode five, Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964) Hampton combined stock footage and first-hand accounts to retell the events of Freedom Summer.

Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964.  © The Richard Beymer Collection.

Portrait of three boys during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964.  © The Richard Beymer Collection.

 

In 1964, civil rights activists launched Freedom Summer, a project in Mississippi to register black voters, provide educational opportunities, and build the movement for integration. The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), an umbrella group of civil rights organizations that included SNCC working in Mississippi, issued a call for volunteers, and nearly 1,000 responded. After receiving training, the volunteers, mostly white, northern college students and recent graduates, joined the existing group of predominantly black activists.

Richard Beymer set out to film these activities in order to create a training tool for COFO’s future volunteers.  Comprised of testimonials from volunteers and Black Mississippi residents, A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer consists of rare and historically significant primary source depictions of segregated Mississippi against the backdrop of violent opposition. The film also includes footage of Freedom Schools, which provided instruction to over 3,000 black students. The schools directly challenged Mississippi’s segregated education system by offering instruction on black history and constitutional rights. Portraying the intimate relationship between teacher and student, the film includes interviews, class instruction, sing-alongs, and a discussion of the student-written Pleasant Green Magazine

Students at a Freedom School during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. © The Richard Beymer Collection.

Students at a Freedom School during Freedom Summer, Mississippi, 1964. © The Richard Beymer Collection.

The threat of racist violence haunted Freedom Summer from the beginning. On June 21, one week after the first volunteers arrived for training, three activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, disappeared. The FBI conducted a massive search and found their corpses on August 4. Despite the threat of violence, Freedom Summer volunteers engaged in door-to-door voter-registration efforts. Beymer filmed the registration drive and interviewed participants. One resident discussed the economic tactics used by segregationists: “When you put ‘By whom are you employed’ [on the application form], you’re fired by the time you get back home.” Mississippi officials rejected the vast majority of voter-registration applications submitted by African-American residents that summer. But the events of Freedom Summer increased public support for new civil rights legislation, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

When Henry Hampton made Eyes on the Prize one of his main goals was to include the voices of people who had not been recorded or widely recognized before. Many local activists in remote areas of Mississippi who had organized early on to gain voting rights, often at great risk, were featured in the episode Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964). Hampton interviewed Robert Moses and Amize Moore, two of the main architects and planners of Freedom Summer, Unita Blackwell, local activist who became one of the delegates in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), Casey and Tom Hayen, Freedom Summer volunteers, and Myrlie Evers, civil rights activist and widow of slain Mississippi leader Medgar Evers. Hampton also interviewed segregations, including William Simmons, a member of the Citizens’ Council—a pro-segregation organization that operated in Mississippi—to show what the prevailing political climate was like in Mississippi in 1964 and what the Freedom Summer volunteers had to combat. By interviewing people from both sides of the issue, Hampton brought a multifaceted portrait of Mississippi to viewers.

Together A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer and Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964) create a complex portrait of life in Mississippi during Freedom Summer and an understanding of the social and political pressures that existed during this volatile period in our nation’s history.

 

 

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