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1-A (Jeffrey Lieber, 1970)

“Columbia College student film about a young man receiving and responding to his Vietnam draft card.” Chicago Film Archives

141 Ranch (Peter Pauls Stewart)

“This amateur film chronicles several young ranchers in their day-to-day activities.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

158 W. Erie (Joseph Oner, 1971)

“University of Illinois Chicago (UICC) student film that documents the Chicago Fire Department house and fire officers of 158 West Erie Street.” Chicago Film Archives

2-Year Machine, The (David Alexovich, 1970)

“University of Illinois Chicago (UICC) animated student film about being drafted to the Vietnam War.” Chicago Film Archives

45, The (Margaret Conneely, 1961)

“Plays out at an amateur level Jean-Luc Godard’s dictum that all a film needs for a plot is a woman and a gun.” Chicago Film Archives

Abstract Patterns (Sol Falon, 1949)

“A short amateur experimental film featuring mid-century paintings from Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kadinsky, Piet Mondrianand Joan Miro.” Chicago Film Archives

Adam and Eve Light Show (Kenneth L. Anthony)

“This experimental film, made by Kenneth Anthony in the late 1960s, records the story of Adam and Eve.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

African Life (Julian Gromer, 1947)

“Details a journey from New York to Lagos and beyond the interior of Nigeria.” Chicago Film Archives

African Prince, The (Julian Gromer, 1947)

“Silent film set in a small African village.” Chicago Film Archives

Air Evac Story, The (Charles F. Curtis, 1959)

“A humorous amateur film that spoofs the United States Air Force’s medical evacuation services.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

All In a Day (O. L. Tapp, 1951)

“Consistently good photography marks this humorous document of the trials and tribulations that beset a man who goes fishing despite the objections of his wife.” American Cinematographer

Animals In Motion (John Straiton, 1968)

“In 1968, John Straiton took the published works of Muybridge and created from them a fascinating and hilarious film.” CFMDC

Another Happy Day (T. Lawrenson, 1936)

“Christmas Day with Mr and Mrs Lawrenson and their young son, Ian.” East Anglian Film Archive

Anticipation (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1959)

“After receiving numerous travel brochures in the mail, the Kibars begin reflecting on all the possible destinations they could visit - including Colorado, Bryce Canyon National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.” Chicago Film Archives

Aqua Viva (Allan A. Hammer, 1950)

Aqua Viva, as its name suggests, is a study of water in motion.” Movie Makers

Augustas, The (Scott Nixon, 1958)

“A compilation film documenting the many Augustas—streets, storefronts and cities from Montana to Maine—that Scott Nixon encountered as a traveling salesman based in Augusta, GA.” Moving Image Research Collection, University of South Carolina

Autumn Glory (John R. Kibar, 1946)

“John R. Kibar has taken the subject of recording the hues of a fall countryside and has lifted it above the familiar medley of garish color.” Chicago Film Archives

Battle of the Bulge (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1960)

“An amateur film made by and starring the husband and wife duo, John & Evelyn Kibar.” Chicago Film Archives

Behind Every Good Man (Nikolai Ursin, 1967)

“An illuminating glimpse into the life of an African-American trans woman.” UCLA Film and Television Archive

Behind the Scenes at Central Cinematographers (Margaret Conneely, 1963)

“A silent documentary that follows a group from Central Cinematographers as they view, discuss and shoot films.” Chicago Film Archives

Bill’s Bike (William Steuber, 1939)

“An experimental film about a boy owning a bicycle and learning the proper safety rules on the road.” Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

Black Widow, The (Rosalie Vandandaigue and Carl D. Frazier, 1946)

“A short mystery film from members of the Amateur Cinema League.” Chicago Film Archives

Bold Badmen (Len Zaleski and Casimer V. Zaleski, 1949)

“Handsome and hard hitting, Bold Badmen is a Western filmed as Westerns should be filmed — without romance, without singing, but with plenty of shooting, plenty of horsemanship and plenty of very tough looking and acting characters.” Movie Makers

Building the Santa Fe Extension (Edwin Mayer, 1928)

“Produced in the late 1920s, this amateur film documents the construction of the Santa Fe Railway extension connecting San Angelo and Sonora.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Butterfly With Four Birthdays (Sidney Laverents, 1965)

“A well done documentary on the life cycle of the Anise Swallowtail.” PSA Journal

Button Ballet (Albert Noble, 1967)

Button Ballet is a nifty little piece of animation. A number of buttons do a ballet set to Brahms music in one of the most masterfully executed animation films ever seen in this competition.” PSA Journal

Campus Smiles (Henry Royce and Fordyce Tuttle, 1920)

“Campus Smiles uses a playful tone to document the faculty, student body, and life at UW-Madison during the early 1920s.” Archive.org

Canada Coast to Coast (Part 1) (Julian Gromer, 1956)

“2 part edited travelogue film beginning in Ontario and working west to British Columbia, documenting the resources, landscape and recreation of Canada.” Chicago Film Archives

Canada Coast to Coast (Part 2) (Julian Gromer, 1956)

“2 part edited travelogue film beginning in Ontario and working west to British Columbia, documenting the resources, landscape and recreation of Canada.” Chicago Film Archives

Chicago: City to See in ’63 (Margaret Conneely, 1962)

“A “city symphony” film, produced to encourage Photographic Society of America members to attend their 1963 conference in Chicago, City to See is a surprising film.” Chicago Film Archives

Circus Capers (Margaret Conneely, 1955)

“A Margaret Conneely amateur film starring St. Tarcissus’ Cub Scout Pack 3969 in a circus production. Children dress as both circus animals and performers.” Chicago Film Archives

Close to You By the Carpenters (David Strutzel, 1970)

“A stop-animation film set to the song “Close to You” by The Carpenters.” Chicago Film Archives

Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (Raymond Dowidat and Esther Dowidat, 1939)

“Filmed in 1939 by the town doctor, Cologne is a personalized portrait of a farming community that merited only a single sentence in the WPA’s 1938 guidebook to Minnesota: “COLOGNE (945 alt., 355 pop.) is a German community named for the ancient city on the Rhine.” National Film Preservation Foundation

Columbia River Adventure (Part 1) (Julian Gromer, 1950)

“Edited travelogue footage of a trip down the Columbia River.” Chicago Film Archives

Columbia River Adventure (Part 2) (Julian Gromer, 1950)

“Edited travelogue footage of a trip down the Columbia River.” Chicago Film Archives

Crystal Clear (Joseph J. Harley, 1948)

“Tells the story of man-made crystals, which at the time were vital to the telephone industry.” AT&T Archives

Dancing Colors (Sol Falon, 1968)

“An amateur experimental film made by Sol Falon and distributed by the Society of Amateur Cinematographers (SAC).” Chicago Film Archives

Day of Horror, A (Ramon Galindo, 1964)

“This amateur horror film . . . follows a group of kids as they go fishing. When one girl falls and injures herself, she is taken by a Frankenstein-esque villian to an abandoned, rural house where he prepares a potion to give her as she lays on skeleton bones.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Day with the Young Martins, A (John Martin, 1936)

“An intimate and endearing home movie depicting the daily routines of film-maker John Martin’s young family.” East Anglian Film Archive

Dear Jim (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1952)

“It stars a young boy, named Bill, who writes to his friend Jim, reflecting on their times together the previous summer.” Chicago Film Archives

Deerslayers, The (Thomas Archibald Stewart, 1926)

“Structured around a hunting trip to Maine made by Archie Stewart and Howard Kendall.” oldfilm.org

Do Family: New Americans for the 80’s, The (John Sanner, 1980)

“An amateur documentary film about the arrival of a Chinese-Vietnamese family to Deerfield by way of a refuge camp in Hong Kong.” Chicago Film Archives

Doggone Elections (Mary Ann Kuch)

“A husband and wife hold different opinions about who is to become Sheriff.” Chicago Film Archives

Don’t (Karl Spreitz, 1960)

“Loosely scripted film in which people at play in a park are interrupted by an authority figure who prevents them from enjoying themselves.” Duffy, Camera West

Driftins (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1949)

“The film is credited to Evelyn, who captures her husband’s collecting habits of “everything and anything.” This time it happens to be driftwood.” Chicago Film Archives

Driftwood (Ace Movies, 1933)

“A tale of greed, murder and passion set in a French provincial town in the 1930s.” East Anglian Film Archives

Drunk Act, The (Ramon Galindo)

“This amateur film . . . features Ramon performing illusions with alcohol. As Ramon proceeds to get drunk, the illusions become more compelling.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Education For Life (Ray and Virginia Garner, 1941)

“Documentary about the Hampton Institute’s philosophy of integrated work and study.” NFPF

EPH 4/27/16 (Ephraim Horowitz, 1969)

“The filmmaker’s wry memoir, using many of his own films shot from 1936 onward and new footage.”

Eurynome (John Straiton, 1970)

“An exceptional portrayal of the world’s creation, from a barren landscape to the emergence of the Woman and the Serpent, ending with Society as we know it.” CFMDC

Experimental El Paso (Chris Cummings, 1968)

“This film captures scenes of men in El Paso posing, walking, climbing, performing fake fights, and acting out humorous scenes while the man behind the camera experiments with effects and film speed.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Explorer Scouts Making Fiberglass Canoes (Margaret Conneely, 1957)

“Amateur silent film of a boy scout troop making a fiberglass canoe step by step from a mold, from start to finish.” Chicago Film Archives

Eyes of Science, The (James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber, 1931)

“[Tells] the story of lens making and [culminates] in representation of the impressive and complicated optical machinery which plays an important part in modern art and industry.” Movie Makers

Fabulous Gulf Coast, The (Part 1) (Julian Gromer, 1954)

“2 part edited footage of a road trip along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the border of Mexico.” Chicago Film Archives

Fabulous Gulf Coast, The (Part 2) (Julian Gromer, 1954)

“2 part edited footage of a road trip along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the border of Mexico.” Chicago Film Archives

Fairy Princess (Margaret Conneely, 1956)

“The story of a little girl and the doll she wanted for Christmas.” PSA Journal

Fall of the House of Usher, The (James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber, 1928)

The Fall of the House of Usher not only represents a new cinema technique but it is also unique in that it does not attempt to tell Poe’s story in detail, rather to invoke in its audiences the esthetic impressions and moods which the tale creates in its readers.” Movie Makers

February 31st (Richard Saenz, Mundo Villareal, Mardik Sikat and Philip Tascon, 1972)

“Animated film made by four boys from St. Thomas of Canterbury grade school. Febraury 31st is a colorful animation of fruit that comes to life as the sun rises on that mythical date.” Chicago Film Archives

Flying Visit to Garibaldi: A Story of Modern Mountaineering, A (Arthur S. Sutcliffe, 1933)

“Members of the BC Mountaineering Club fly from Jericho Beach, Vancouver, in a Sikorsky S-38 amphibian (Canadian Airways, registration CF-ASO), and land on Garibaldi Lake.” British Columbia Archives

Film Editing (Kenneth F. Space, 1939)

“This film presents the successful use of a medium to explain its own working and is divided into two parts — first, the mechanical operations involved in editing and splicing and, second, the methods used to present simple cinematic ideas through cutting.” Movie Makers

Fishing for the Sacred Cod in Maine (Ernest G. Stillman, 1928)

“Detailed views of fishing, with intertitles.” oldfilm.org

Forgotten Frontier, The (Mary Marvin Breckinridge, 1930)

The Forgotten Frontier, filmed by Miss Marvin Breckinridge, is the most ambitious amateur made welfare film yet recorded. To show the operation of the Kentucky Nursing Service, Miss Breckinridge spent several months filming in the mountain districts reached by that organization.” Movie Makers

Fourth in Hand: A Fantasy of the Card Table (Meteor Film Producing Society, 1936)

“A bridge party invite a mysterious stranger to make up a fourth at their table, only to be unpleasantly surprised by his card tricks.” National Library of Scotland Moving Images Archive

Game (Wayne Williams, 1972)

“A South Shore High School student film that is an allegory on the wastefulness of war and the duplicity of those who wage it.” Chicago Film Archives

Gift to Mother (1966)

“A group of children learn in school that tomorrow will be ‘Woman’s Day’, the equivalent of our ‘Mother’s Day’, then the humorous story unfolds in a delightful and charming manner of how two small boys decide to celebrate this occasion.” Chicago Film Archives

Glimpses of a Canoe Trip (F. Radford Crawley, 1936)

“The refreshing story of a voyage by river into the Canadian wilds, presented by F. R. Crawley in Glimpses of a Canoe Trip, is really deserving of a less modest introduction than that implied by the word, ‘glimpses.’ ” Movie Makers

Glub (Stanley Fox, 1947)

“Members of the National Film Society of Canada (Vancouver Branch) parody the early experimental works of American avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren” British Columbia Archives

Great Planes from the Past: Hawk, Cobra, Lightning (P-40, P-39, P-38) (Tim Kinally, 1979)

“Short film of an airshow featuring vintage Hawk, Cobra and Lightening aircraft.” Chicago Film Archive

Great Sea Resort: White Rock, The (Charles Cowles, 1953)

“Local sights and events in the White Rock area, such as parades, celebrations at the International Peace Arch, fashion show, recreational activities, etc.” British Columbia Archives

H2O (Ralph Steiner, 1928)

“This film is a study of water in the new manner: A series of photographic shots of the reflections of boats, ferry houses, docks, etc., on water and the whole resulting in a chain of pure abstract patterns of shapes in water.” Photoplay

Happy Day (T. Lawrenson, 1934)

“In the Home Movie field, Lawrenson submitted a fine document of a day with his little 2-year-old daughter.” American Cinematographer

Hell Bound Train (E. Gist and J. Gist, 1933)

“Depicts the devil as the train’s engineer both driving his locomotive toward hell and tempting the sinner-passengers that occupy various cars on the train.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Hell Unltd. (Norman McLaren, 1936)

“Norman McLaren and Helen Biggar’s urgent work of animated agit-prop utilises a mixture of film forms (from found footage to title cards and staged action) stitched together with rapid editing to create an incisive and disorienting polemic against government armament spending.” British Film Institute

Her Heart’s Desire (Othon Goetz, 1949)

“A blonde model and the sights of New York divide the honors in Othon Goetz’s Her Heart’s Desire, a pleasant story of the girl who came to the Big City to model and got married instead.” Movie Makers

Here We Go Again (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1965)

“An amateur film made by and starring the husband and wife duo, John & Evelyn Kibar. The film documents the couples’ struggles to make and complete a travelogue film of their travels to Colorado.” Chicago Film Archives

Herbie (Paul Golding and George Lucas, 1967)

Herbie is an abstract pattern mostly of automobile headlights enough out of focus to cause the viewer to wonder what they are.” PSA Journal

Hill Towns of Guatemala, The (Ralph E. Gray, 1942)

“A narrated travelogue addressed to viewers in the U.S. shows life in several small towns surrounding Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.” Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

Horseplay (John Straiton, 1972)

“A half-horse, half-man pursues a young woman who turns herself into the same figure.” CFMDC

How To Use Filters (Kenneth F. Space, 1940)

“The user of a movie camera will learn more about filters from seeing this film than he can gain from reading many pages on the subject.” Movie Makers

How to Use Your Camera (Kenneth F. Space, 1938)

“A simple and straightforward exposition of the fundamentals of camera operation.” Movie Makers

Hunting (Cyrus Pinkham, 1937)

“Boy, walks with Dog through the forested mountainside, gazes at views over the alley, drinks water from a rushing stream, and kneels to shoot at birds.” Northeast Historic Film

I Walked a Crooked Trail (O. L. Tapp, 1950)

“O. L. Tapp has lured a good deal of motion and humor out of what must be one of the world’s most static subjects — the Arches National Monument.” Movie Makers

I’d Be Delighted To! (S. Winston Childs, 1932)

“A film story told entirely in closeups. Presenting the simple incident of a dinner a deux in a gentleman’s apartment, the picture runs through 400 feet of brilliantly chosen, strikingly filmed, significant closeups.” Movie Makers

In the Daytime (Stanley Fox, 1950)

“An impressionistic portrait of city life during a day off in the summertime, with poetic narration set opposite some very observant and intimate views of Vancouver and its inhabitants.” British Columbia Archives

In the Divine Plan (Holden Franz Aust, 1971)

“Holden Franz Aust’s In The Divine Plan pits Nietzsche against Jesus in an ultimate ideological battle. Christian moralism meets Nihilism.” Chicago Film Archives

John Doe, Citizen (Frances Christeson and Harry Merrick, 1938)

“A fictional account of an election as it might occur in a small city. Illustrates the indifference of the average citizen to public affairs and emphasizes that if the government is not run by the people the government will run them.” Educational Film Guide

Josephine’s Dream (Ramon Galindo, 1962)

“A girl is reading in her bedroom when she falls asleep and begins dreaming of going to the rodeo, a dream sequence we can see through Galindo’s use of special effects.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Just Fences (Milton Dowe, 1940)

“A short visual catalog of split-rail and other fence types in the landscape with the on-screen title, ‘Soon these will decay and be forgotten.’ ” McNamara and Sheldon, Amateur Movie Making

Keratoplasty (Henry M. Lester, 1935)

“A beautifully perfect record of the operation of a corneal transplant for leucomateous eyes, filmed entirely in Kodachrome.” Movie Makers

Land of My Dreams (Joseph J. Harley, 1942)

“Lake Saranac and the Harley summer cottage comprise the land of Joe Harley‘s dreams.” Movie Makers

Land of Ultima Thule (Edward A. Bollinger, 1934)

“A travelogue about Nova Scotia shot by Edward Bollinger during the 1930s.” Nova Scotia Archives

Liberators Over Europe: March 24, 1945 (Tim Kinally, 1945)

“A short combat film documenting WWII allied forces ‘liberation over Europe.’ ” Chicago Film Archives

Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra, The (Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich, 1928)

“The time-worn tale of a movie extra (Jules Raucort) marginalized by one casting director after another until he’s seen only as a number symbolically appearing on his forehead.” Library of Congress

Lift, The (Robert Zemeckis, 1972)

“A fickle (or is it haunted?!) elevator disrupts a man’s daily routine, ending tragically in a stairwell.” Chicago Film Archives

Liquid Jazz (Joseph M. Kramer, 1962)

“Floating, bubbling, revolving, darting, projecting, swirling, blending, forming, superimposing colors upon colors in sync with jazz music.” PSA Journal

Listen (Helen Moritz and Sidney Moritz, 1960)

“An amateur anti-smoking film produced by Helen and Sidney Mortiz that mocks cigarette advertisements of its day.” Chicago Film Archives

Lot in Sodom (James S. Watson and Melville Webber, 1932)

“An entirely new and very beautiful cinematic representation of the Biblical story.” Movie Makers

Love of Zero, The (Robert Florey, 1928)

“Reading his future in a mammoth book of destiny filled with grotesque and discouraging words, an organ-grinder brings to play the inexhorable tune of fate to which zero must dance.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Lurking Unbookish (Joel Liveris, 1971)

“Expression of the evolution of man out of suffering seen through the use of animated portraits, decaying clay sculptures and various optical effects.” Chicago Film Archives

Mag the Hag (Hiram Percy Maxim, 1925)

Mag the Hag, a playful send-up of the social-melodrama movie, is one of the oldest surviving amateur films.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Maine Marine Worm Industry (Ivan Flye, 1942)

“Documentary about the process of digging for worms during low tide, washing and packaging them in rockweed, and shipping them by rail and truck.” oldfilm.org

Manhatta (Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, 1921)

“The sequences display one epic day in Lower Manhattan, beginning with a ferry approaching the city in early morning and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper.” Museum of Modern Art

Manos: The Hands of Fate (Harold P. Warren, 1966)

“A vacationing family gets lost while driving through the Texas desert. Stopping at a mysterious lodge for the night, the family finds themselves captives of a polygamous pagan cult.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Mechanical Principles (Ralph Steiner, 1930)

“It is composed of close-up shots of mechanical gears of different kinds in motion; rather than an examination of a single machine, it is an examination of the different kinds of motion produced by machines.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943)

“One of the most influential works in American experimental cinema. A non-narrative work, it has been identified as a key example of the “trance film,” in which a protagonist appears in a dreamlike state, and where the camera conveys his or her subjective focus.” Museum of Modern Art

Mirror, The (Arthur Smith, 1950)

“Arthur H. Smith and Wolfgang Schubert photographed this mystery drama which is comparable in scope, if not quality, to the average feature film production.” American Cinematographer

Mister E (Margaret Conneely, 1960)

“A domestic black comedy, MISTER E expresses some of the edgier mischief and discontent that women of mid-century America could rarely express openly.” Chicago Film Archives

Movie Bugs (Frederick W. Brock, 1938)

“The picture tells how the movie maker protagonist gets in touch with a science teacher and how the two of them construct a support for the camera for use with it in filming through a microscope.” Movie Makers

Mungo Makes a Mask (G. Clifford Carl, 1953)

“Mungo Martin demonstrates the making of a Bee Mask. Tony Hunt models the mask and provides a short rendition of the Bee Mask Dance” Duffy, Camera West

Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922)

“It was not until his third exploration trip into the North in 1913 that Mr. Flaherty packed in his kit the necessary apparatus for making a motion picture of the life of the Eskimo.” Amateur Movie Makers

National Film Society of Canada (Vancouver Branch): Ninth Performance, Stanley Theatre, 1940 (Oscar C. Burritt, 1940)

“Record of a film society screening at the Stanley Theatre on Granville Street, Vancouver.” British Columbia Archives

Navajo Rug Weaving (E. Tad Nichols, 1941)

“The direction and filming are of such excellence that the viewer almost seems to be present for the carding, spinning, dyeing and actual weaving of the rugs.” Movie Makers

New York Calling (Frederick G. Beach, 1942)

“Made for showing to families, Mr. Beach’s excellent Kodachrome footage covers the best of New York City with an apparently effortless leisure, in spite of its brevity.” Movie Makers

New York World’s Fair (Cyrus Pinkham, 1939)

“A clever, artfully-shot, and carefully-edited amateur film of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.” oldfilm.org

Nightsong (Don B. Klugman, 1965)

Nightsong is a dramatic story of a colored night club singer, Willie Wright, trying to make the big time and, most of all ‘to get people to like me.’” Chicago Film Archives

Nostalgia (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1962)

“After Mrs. Kibar asks Mr. Kibar to throw away his old collectables, or ‘junk,’ Mr. Kibar begins reflecting on past travels.” Chicago Film Archives

Now a Word from… (Keith Pfohl, 1950)

“Amateur film in one continuous shot parodying a talk show, where the guests promoting an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) gathering in the next year get carried away with their enthusiasm, much to the chagrin of the host.” Chicago Film Archives

Nuffs Enough (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1960)

“The film follows John, a cake decorator, as he struggles to keep up with the bakery’s cake orders.” Chicago Film Archives

Obey Your Air Raid Warden

“Three men encourage people to follow rules set by the air raid warden in the event of an air raid. The rules are put to song, and some rules are depicted by actors.” Chicago Film Archives

Oh Yeah? (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1964)

“The [Kibars] visit an art gallery, where John proclaims he can make art just the same.” Chicago Film Archives

Our Day (Wallace Kelly, 1938)

“A smart, entertaining day-in-the-life portrait of the Kelly household, shown in both idealized and comic ways.” Library of Congress (U.S.)

Oxy-Acetylene Welding (Ray L. Garner, 1942)

“Done almost entirely in closeups, the actual welding scenes show perfect exposure and, in many instances, very interesting angles. The film was made at Hampton Institute, in Virginia, and a student demonstrates the proper techniques in procedure.” Movie Makers

Paricutin (Ralph E. Gray, 1943)

“Record of the eruption of Mexico’s new volcano.” Movie Makers

Parody of Dorian Gray, The (Kenneth L. Anthony)

“This experimental film by Kenneth Anthony (credited as Ken Anthony) is a twist on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Peer Gynt (David Bradley, 1942)

An amateur film production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, featuring the screen debut of Charlton Heston.

Peggy’s Cove (Edward A. Bollinger and Esther Bollinger, 1935)

“Film depicting the scenes and life of the fishing community of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia Archives

Porpoise Oil (Alexander H. Leighton, 1936)

Porpoise Oil presents a cleverly planned and charming story that shows how the Indians of the upper St. Lawrence region live today and how their ancestors obtained oil from the porpoise of the neighboring bays.” Movie Makers

Portrait of Lydia (John Straiton, 1963)

“The mind and heart of Lydia are portrayed symbolically in smooth-flowing, single-framed drawings in this psychological study of a woman.” PSA Journal

Pouring a 200 Inch Telescope Mirror (Edmund H. Wellech, 1934)

“A glorified industrial but greatly worthy as a clear record of one of civilization’s milestones.” Movie Makers

Power Behind the Nation, The (Waldo E. Austin, 1940)

“A detailed presentation of the uses, mining and processing, and railway transportation of bituminous coal in the Appalachian region.” The Educational Screen

Pro-Rec Annual Display, May 4th, 1945: Under the Direction of Mrs. Hilda Keatley, The (1945)

“Young women at Brockton Point, Stanley Park, put on a display of Pro-Rec activities: massed calisthenics, costumed dancing, drill team (brief shots only), more massed calisthenics.” British Columbia Archives

Race for Ties, A (Dorothea Mitchell, 1929)

A Race for Ties tells the story of a sawmill owner, Joe Atwood, and his race against a large timber company, headed by U. Cheetem, to sign an exclusive contract for railway ties.” Michel S. Beaulieu, Women Film Pioneers Project

Rainbow Trail (O. L. Tapp, 1948)

“A beautifully paced, short film that catches the fun of all fishing trips but still makes its point that the angler’s life is not all sweetness and light.” Movie Makers

Ratamata (Jeff Kreines, 1971)

“RATAMATA is a portrait of the diverse opinions of Chicagoans . . . as they reflect on the general state of affairs in America, the war in Vietnam, social and racial conflict, freedom and personal liberty, happiness, and social justice.” Chicago Film Archives

Ride ‘Em Cowboy! (Edwin Mayer, 1929)

“Produced by Edwin S. Mayer, this 1929 amateur film documents life and work on the T-Half Circle Ranch near Sonora.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Rise and Fall of Susan Lennox, The (Sidney Shurcliff, 1930)

“A fender-bender drama.” Oldfilm.org

San Francisco (Tullio Pellegrini, 1955)

“A 16mm Filmorama travelogue of San Francisco in 1955 that employs a conventional structure and makes emphatic use of the widescreen equipment.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Sea, The (Hiram Percy Maxim, 1928)

The Sea, a 16mm. scenic interpreting the moods of the sea.” Movie Makers

Sexual Product, A (Bea McKinney, 1972)

“A short amateur film featuring stop-motion animation.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

She Goes To Vassar (Marvin Breckinridge, 1931)

“A one-reel film that provides an overview of college life from the perspective of a new freshman student.” Women Film Pioneers Project

Shifting Whispering Sands (O. L. Tapp, 1957)

“As one watches the scenes unfold to the music and song he feels compelled to sit in contemplation of the lonesomeness of the great desert.” PSA Journal

Short Spell (Stuart Wynn-Jones, 1957)

“A two minute black and white cartoon built around the animated spelling of short words which are quickly converted into the subject of the spelling.” PSA Journal

Sightseer, The (Karl Spreitz, 1974)

“A mechanical toy from 1880 walks through a landscape created by Michael Morris.” Karl Spreitz and Collaborators Archival Film Collection

Skyscraper Symphony (Robert Florey, 1929)

“The hard-edged graphics of ‘Skyscraper Symphony’ stand in contrast to other New York ‘scenics’ produced during the 1920s.” Bruce Posner via Light Cone

Slow Drying (Central Cinematographers, 1960)

“A comedic film made by Chicago amateur film club Central Cinematographers about a man who paints himself into a corner.” Chicago Film Archives

Some Old Time Films (Paul Tilley and W. Hope Tilley, 1911)

“This film includes material originally shot by the Tilley brothers in the 1910s and 1920s. W.H. Tilley later edited, compiled, and transferred these clips to 16mm, adding caption from his perspective forty years later.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Steam Ballet (John Straiton, 1968)

“Those sensual machines, steam tractors, reveal a remarkable ability to perform to music.” CFMDC

Steam Locomotive, The (Frederick G. Beach, 1944)

“Frederick G. Beach, supervisor of the bureau, has set forth in clean cut cinematography the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the famous Hudson type locomotive.” Movie Makers

[Stikine River placer mining and travel, 1930s] (Joseph J. Jackson, 1935)

“Mainly shows trip(s) up the Stikine by riverboat and placer mining activity.” BC Archives

Strategist, The (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1962)

“John is frustrated with Evelyn’s hat shopping habits. To distract John’s frustrations, Evelyn surprises John with a cake.” Chicago Film Archives

Studies in Blue and Chartres Cathedral (John V. Hansen, 1932)

Studies in Blue and Chartres Cathedral, a cerulean cinema achievement . . . shows what an artist’s and a colorist’s eye can select and record.” Movie Makers

Suetonius Version, The (Stanley Fox, 1953)

The Suetonius Version is Stan Fox’s last 16mm amateur film. The story is about a university professor who is fascinated with one of his young female students.” British Columbia Archives

Sugar Mountain (George Curtis, 1971)

“Student film made at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago set to ‘Sugar Mountain,’ a song by Canadian folk rock singer and composer Neil Young.” Chicago Film Archives

Suite Two: A Memo to Oscar (Dorothy Burritt and Stanley Fox, 1947)

“Produced as a gift to Dorothy Burritt’s husband, filmmaker Oscar Burritt (who was working in Toronto at the time), this is an offbeat study of life at their Vancouver apartment—suite 2, 1960 Robson Street.” British Columbia Archives

Sundays in the Valley of Mexico (Ralph E. Gray, 1942)

“A colorful travelogue of modern, urban life in Mexico City.” Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

Surf and Seaweed (Ralph Steiner, 1930)

“The film is divided into sequences that focus on specific kinds of imagery in and around ocean surf.” Scott MacDonald via Light Cone

Susie Steps Out (Ron Doerring, George Ives, 1955)

“Short wide screen amateur film made by George Ives, a Chicago Metro Movie Club member, and edited by Kenosha Cine Club member Ron Doerring.” Chicago Film Archives

Tarzan and the Rocky Gorge (Robbins Barstow, 1936)

“Sixteen year old Robbins Barstow . . . rounded up his siblings and friends and led them into the wilds of Granby, Connecticut for this epic tale of a journey into Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Africa.” Archive.org

Telltale Heart, The (Charles Klein, 1928)

“The TellTale Heart is a 1928 American silent film directed by Charles F. Klein, based on the short story by E.A. Poe.” Center for Fiction, NY

This is a Hobby? (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1958)

“The Kibars are on a search for a hobby, and decide upon filmmaking. A domestic mishap by Mrs. Kibar results in their film being edited incorrectly.” Chicago Film Archives

Those Other Years (O. L. and Irene Tapp, 1959)

“A documentary what will keep on film those disappearing landmarks of fond childhood memories. Members of the family reenact those wonderful memories.” PSA Journal

Tokyo Olympics, The (George Merz and Lillian Merz, 1964)

The Tokyo Olympics, 1964 takes us to Tokyo and the Olympic games and provides us with a ringside seat for the numerous events that composed this athletic activity.” PSA Journal

Tombs Of The Nobles, The (John V. Hansen, 1931)

“In [The Tombs of the Nobles] Mr. Hansen has achieved a clear and valuable record of Egyptian art and history as he found them presented on the interior walls of countless Egyptian tombs.” Movie Makers

Transformation (John R. Kibar and Evelyn Kibar, 1960)

“An amateur film made by the husband and wife duo, John & Evelyn Kibar, about rock tumbling or lapidary work.” Chicago Film Archives

Tropical Valley Expedition (Mary Henry Gibson and Stan Clark, 1931)

“Shows an expedition through northeastern British Columbia by Mary Gibson Henry, Pennsylvania botanist and plantswoman.” British Columbia Archives

Tussle on the Trestle, The

“A man pulls over to repair a flat tire on his car and is quickly ambushed and robbed by a passerby. The victim regains consciousness and soonafter chases the robber up onto a train overpass where the two battle it out.” Chicago Film Archives

Two Paper Cups (Grand Rapids Amateur Movie Club, 1951)

“An engrossing film drama based on a short-short story from a Billy Rose column.” Movie Makers

Typical Christmas . . . a Fable, A (Chris Cummings)

“This parody of a silent film was made for the El Paso Junior League to promote their Holiday Provisional Bash at the El Paso Club.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Une Noce a la Campagne (Ing. Tadeusz Jankowski, 1938)

The English language translation of the film is A Wedding in the Country.

Vermont State Guard in World War II (Harold Bailey, George Eaton, Russell Goings, 1944)

“Filmed in color during the war years of 1941-1944, this silent film shows the Vermont State Guard holding muster at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds and at Camp Wills.” Vermont Historical Society

Vorkapich Home Movies (Slavko Vorkapich, 1940)

“Playful family montage by the experimental filmmaker who headed the USC School of Cinematic Arts from 1949 to 1951.” centerforhomemovies.org

[W.H. Tilley Collection, no. 2 - 1950s]

“This collection of 16mm clips was originally shot and compiled in the 1950s by W.H. Tilley.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

We Are All Artists (Alon Bement, 1936)

We Are All Artists, traces our experience of the aeshetic in the everyday; it begins by considering the related categories of beauty, art, and craftwork before moving on to suggest some of the many ways that modern art and design have made our world more beautiful.” Tepperman, Amateur Cinema

Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers (Frank S. Zach, 1960)

“This film seeks to encourage, teach, and recruit image makers.” Centreforhomemovies.org

Westward Whoa (Fred Strauss, 1948)

“Edited footage of western scenery on a road trip to Yellowstone Park.” Chicago Film Archives

What’s the Matter with Kids Today? (Robert Zemeckis, 1971)

“The film depicts a Boy Scout’s walk through a rural setting. He’s later joined by a group of children who follow him through meadows and corn fields.” Chicago Film Archives

Which He Hath Planted (Larry J. Fisher, 1946)

“Combining forest scenes with Biblical scriptures and traditional hymns, the film uses Christianity as the basis of its appeal.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Why Do Oysters Perspire? (Sidney Shurcliff, 1937)

“This is the last of the Motormaulers film series.” Northeast Historic Film

Wooden Face of Totonicapan (Ralph E. Gray, 1942)

“A [1942] color film covering the art of making wooden masks in Totonicapan, Guatemala.” Periscope Film

World Through a View Finder, The (Part I) (Edwin Mayer)

“This amateur film captures Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure across Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 1950s. This segment documents stops in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Malaysia.” Texas Archive of the Moving Image

World Through a View Finder, The (Part II) (Edwin Mayer)

“This amateur film captures Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure across Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 1950s. This segment docu