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Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives

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Amater Night

Presented by Dwight Swanson of The Center for Home Movies

Dramatic, funny, poignant and even strange, "Amateur Night" presented 16 amateur films from the collections and preservation efforts of American film archives, including two from the Academy Film Archive.

Piecing together family moments, historical scenes, animation, drama, comic routines and travelogues dating from 1915 to 2005, this groundbreaking compilation demonstrates the eclectic array of entertainment, innovation and enlightenment found in home movies. Featuring films by Average Joes alongside notables like Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Nixon, animator Helen Hill and Smokey Bear, "Amateur Night" adds to the images archival audio, commentaries from family members, and newly recorded music.

Blown up from the original reels to 35mm, "Amateur Night" is a feature-length big screen journey into the eclectic past of small-gauge filmmaking.

Event Information

October 16, 2011
Linwood Dunn Theater
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