Live: Home Movies, Personal Cinema, and the Avant-Garde
05>The Universal Truths Home Movies as History Monday, October 30, 2006 8:00 pm at
Therefore I Live finishes on October 30 with Alan Berliner's masterpiece The
Family Album. For this film, Berliner collected many hours of discarded or sold
home movies from the 1920s to the 1940s, along the way finding many striking
images of family life. Over the course of three years he carefully edited these
images together. Then he added a soundtrack consisting of oral histories and old
family audiotapes of reminiscences.
The resulting film is a justly acclaimed tour de force of editing, and a moving
document of the universal truths of family life - truths revealed by amateur
filmmakers and forgotten films never meant to be seen outside the family.
The Family Album is preceded by images from the Atkinson/Dick film collection -
vacation and family films taken in the 1920s by an Atlanta businessman and later
deposited in the Atlanta History Center.
Atkinson/Dick film collection (excerpt)
(1920s), 16mm, black & white, silent, 3 minutes (screened on VHS) courtesy the Kenan
Research Center at the Atlanta
History Center Marjorie Keller, She/Va (1973), 16mm,
color, silent, 3 minutes Alan Berliner, The Family Album (1986),
16mm, black & white, sound, 60 minutes Bruce Baillie, All My Life (1966), 16mm,
color, sound, 3 minutes