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The films included in this database are winners of amateur movie contests or works that have been identified as significant by archives and historians.



Beginning the End

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Jeanne Vande Kopple

Description:

After celebrating his fourth wedding anniversary, a man becomes obsessed with building a homemade weapon of mass destruction. The man's efforts reach a breakthrough after the couple celebrates their fifth anniversary.


Magic Anniversary

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Ray Slominski

Description:

A man is late for his anniversary dinner after getting drunk at an "amateur magician's club." He attempts to make up for it by surprising his wife with gifts, but the gifts turn out to be magic tricks which further infuriate her. The man's magic tricks are accomplished via trick photography.


Hobby Widow

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Lloyd Nesbitt

Description:

A woman grows frustrated with her husband's commitment to his various hobbies, which seem to take precedence over their marriage.


Jazzflections

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Leon Paquette

Description:

Was entered into the 1972 Canadian International Amateur Film Festival but did not win any prizes.


Dune Dreams

Date produced: 1953

Filmmaker(s):

Dick Baty

Description:

An elderly couple visits the beach, where they observe young people engaged in sports and romance. These sights prompt the couple to reflect on the story of how they met at the same beach in their younger years.


Nut Bolts, The

Date produced: 1951

Description:

Comedy about a psychiatric hospital patient who attempts an escape. Two inept hospital employees fail to retrieve the patient, allowing him to encounter a child whose scooter offers a chance at a faster getaway.


Northern Hospitality

Date produced: 1954

Description:

A family permits a lone hunter to stay in their cabin for the night. The hunter entertains the children with magic tricks. Later, the hunter's addition to the cabin sparks a debate over who will sleep in the cabin's beds.


Contretemps

Date produced: 1954

Description:

A married couple responds to a newspaper ad seeking homes for foreign delegates visiting America. The couple receives the news that their guests are coming from Hong Kong, China, and they begin to alter their home and appearances to adjust to Chinese customs. However, when the delegates arrive, they do not meet the couple's expectations.


When the Frost Is On the Punkin

Date produced: 1955

Description:

Film treatment of the poem "When the Frost Is On the Punkin" by James Whitcomb Riley. Intertitles with text from the poem are interspersed among images that match the themes and content of the poem. The scenes include shots of harvest work, fall scenery, turkeys, and pumpkins.


Grand Rapids Amateur Movie Club: Open House November 1, 1961

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

John Folkema

Description:

The G.R.A.M.C. holds an open house on November 1, 1961. This film documents the event, showing amateur filmmakers dining, conversing with one another, and examining cameras.


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