Monday, Jan 29, 2018 5:30p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Lectures & Conferences
The term “amateur film” conjures visions of shaky, out-of-focus images depicting family vacations and kids’ birthday parties, but early twentieth-century amateur filmmaking produced irreplaceable records of people’s lives and beloved places. This volume of essays, interprets a wide variety of visually expressive amateur films made in New England. Martha McNamara (Wellesley University) and Karan Sheldon (Northeast Historic Film) will highlight three examples: the comedies of landscape architect Sidney N. Shurcliff, depictions of pastoral family life by Elizabeth Woodman Wright, and the chronicles of Anna B. Harris, an African American resident of Manchester, Vermont.