Unseen Cinema 6: The Amateur as Auteur
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Case Sound Tests (c.1924–25)
An engineering graduate of Yale University, Theodore Case assisted Lee de Forest in developing sound-on-film called "Phonofilm." Falling out with de Forest, Case and associate E.I. Sponable then built a…
Windy Ledge Farm (c.1929-1934)
This collection of black-and-white footage shot by Elizabeth Woodman Wright between 1929 and 1934 in Paris, Maine, and Chocorua, New Hampshire, is quietly astonishing. Wright was a careful recorder of…
A Day in Santa Fe
Riggs's film poem conveys delight with his adopted hometown through a documentarian's eye for significant detail, a lyrical sensitivity, and homespun humor. The film, too, serves as a chronicle of…
Stewart Family Home Movies (1936-1939)
Between 1926 and 1985, amateur Archie Stewart shot over seventy thousand feet of film. In 1936, he purchased a sound-on-film 16mm camera and began to make talking pictures. The result…
The Enigmatic Cinema of Joseph Cornell II (1905-1944)
Amateur Joseph Cornell made films outside the limelight of commercial cinema production and distribution. In fact, he supposedly never handled a movie camera to shoot his own material opting to…
Haiti
Burckhardt's travelogue of Port-au-Prince is a unique city symphony whose pace and rhythm favor tropical island life. He does not focus on voodoo but on Haiti's "daily life, neighbors, jokes,…
Tree Trunk to Head
The personality of the sculptor Chaim Gross, his mannerisms, his characteristic method of work, his tendencies are all intimately disclosed in minute details, as though unobserved--a sort of candid-camera study.…
Bicycle Polo at San Mateo
BICYCLE POLO AT SAN MATEO features the Stauffacher brothers, Frank and Jack, and others playing the lost sport of bicycle polo on the lawn of San Mateo Park. The film…
1126 Dewey Ave., Apt. 207
This mysterious film documents a neatly appointed apartment and the spartan existence of its inhabitants. A woman moves through the rooms. She pours two glasses of wine, sits, reads a…

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