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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.



Me and Mine

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Herbert Miller

Description:

"A family film with intertitles made for the Amateur Cinema League. The film follows the adventures of Herbert Miller, Jr., with his parents, his dog Chips, and his toys, including a pedal car and a teddy bear. Other segments show a ski trip to Mount Hood and a Miller's Paint store." Archives West.


Operation S.T.A.R.

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"Footage along the American River that was used to save the American River Parkway." Sacramento Public Library.


Doubley Dear

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"Twin boys wreak havoc on a park when their dad falls asleep on their picnic." Sacramento Public Library.


Earl

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"A man is practicing for a part in a play by covering his eyes with bandages and going through his daily life pretending to be blind." Sacramento Public Library.


Rope of Sand

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"An archaeologist on an excavation finds a glass cube that allows him to see into the past where he sees an Egyptian Princess standing in a garden." Sacramento Public Library.


Far Planet

Date produced: 1959

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"First two women to travel to space. The rocket heads to Mars but misses and ends up on an unknown planet where the women have strange adventures." Sacramento Public Library.


El Volcan Parícutin

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Harold Lincoln Thompson

Description:

"This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s." Periscope Film.


South of Zero: An Odyssey to Australia

Date produced: 1958

Filmmaker(s):

Lewis B. Sebring

Alice Sebring

Description:

"Amateur travelogue of an extensive trip to Australia photographed and produced by "The Traveling Sebrings," Lewis B. Sebring, Jr. and Alice P. Sebring. Lewis B. Sebring, Jr. was a journalist and war correspondent for the New York Herald-Tribune, who reported on combat in the Southwest Pacific Area theater during World War II. The trip documented in this film, which they referred to also as "An Odyssey to Australia" covers the entire continent of Australia, from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie, Perth, and Brisbane, and everything in between, usually documented via passenger train. In each city, the film expertly documents landscape, architecture, and people, as well as rural areas and animals." Wisconsin Historical Society.


Spinning Spokes

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Harold Kuckuk

Description:

"A bicycle safety education film produced by The Bicycle Club of Rufus King High School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, led by their teacher Harold M. Kuckuk." University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.


Silver Spur, The

Date produced: 1956

Filmmaker(s):

James Blue

Description:

A "western spoof" noted to be filmed in the Blue family backyard, Portland, Oregon.


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