Resources on Home Movies and Amateur Filmmaking
Best Practices for Identifying and Preserving Your Films/Videos
Digitization Services (A short list)
Pro8mm (We know others who have used their services and trust them.)
Ping Pong Media (We have used their services and can recommend.)
AV Geeks (We have used their services and can recommend.)
BAVC Media (We know them and trust them.)
Media Burn Archive (We know and trust them. Video-centric.)
The MediaPreserve (We know and trust their reputation.)
EverPresent (We don’t know them, but they’ve been around for decades.)
Digmypics Memory Box (We don’t know them, but may be worth a try.)
Educational Films/Videos on Home Movies
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Publications and Presentations on Home Movies and Nontheatrical Films by Melissa Dollman and Devin Orgeron
Melissa Dollman – Publications
- “Mobilizing Women In a Few Easy Steps! (A Feminist Triptych).” Video essay, Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies. [Forthcoming 2023.]
- “’Carol Lane’ and the Cinematic Life of Shell Oil’s First Living Trademark.” Energy Imaginaries, eds. Marina L. Dahlquist and Patrick Vondereau [Forthcoming.]
- “Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Reclamation,” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies on Indigenous Knowledges, co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell (June 2021).
- “Gone Estray.” Video essay, Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 5.4, 2019.
- “Opening The Can: Home Movies In The Public Sphere.” Eds. Martha McNamara and Karan Sheldon. Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England, 1915-1960 (Indiana University Press, 2017). Winner of Society For Cinema and Media Studies’s 2018 book award for best edited collection.
Melissa Dollman – Presentations
- “A Bit of Inspiration from Deserted Films.” Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2023
- “Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Lori Felker + Nancy Cain,” co-moderator with Dr. Adam Hart, Media Burn Archive (remote), Chicago, IL, March 2, 2023.
- “Thanks for the Memories: The Importance of Home Movies,” presentation with Dr. Devin Orgeron, Palm Springs Public Library, Palm Springs, CA, February 22, 2023.
- “The Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project: A Diné Response to the Sponsored Educational Film The Navajo Moves Into the Electronic Age.” With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Michael Parrish, Orphan Film Symposium, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada, June 16, 2022.
- “Traveling Through Time with Obsolete Media,” online Home Movie Day experience for Modernism Week 2021, co-hosted with Devin Orgeron, April 15-May 31, 2021. (See video above.)
- “Archival Screening Night Roadshow” screening for Desert Film Society. Co-hosted and Q&A with Devin Orgeron. Palm Springs Cultural Center, May 2, 2020 [Postponed due Covid-19 pandemic — Intro and film prerecorded for June 13, 2020.]
- “Tribesourcing Vintage Educational Films: Repurposing with Native Narrations.” With Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Amy Fatzinger. International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Temecula, CA, October 8-10, 2019.
- “Regional Film in the Classroom,” Co-presenter with Devin Orgeron. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2017.
- “Acting Locally: Regional Media and The Pedagogical Mission.” Co-presenter. EYE Museum, The Netherlands, July 2016.
- “Local History through the Camera Lens” screening featuring the State Archives of North Carolina’s Century Film Productions Motion Picture Films Collection. Speaker, researcher, organizer, and promotion. Curated and digitized films, wrote captions, and edited highlights clip reel. Panel discussion with Dr. Devin Orgeron, associate professor of Film Studies at NC State, Kim Andersen of the State Archives, and Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks). Century Film Studios screening trailer. Raleigh, NC, October 2015.
- “Taking it to the Mat: Footage from the Golden Age of Regional Wrestling with Raleigh’s own Curtis ‘Toad’ White.” With Devin Orgeron. Bastard Film Encounter, April 25-28, 2013, Raleigh, NC.
- “Access to Three Family Collections: How’d We Do It?” Chair and moderator. Speakers: Rick Prelinger, Ned Thanhouser, and Kim Stanton. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Austin, TX, November 2011.
- “Margaret Cook Thomson’s Home Movies in China.” Speaker. Orphan Film Symposium, New York University, April 2010.
- Movie Night at the Schlesinger Library: “Travel Films.” Speaker and co-presenter, with Jeremy Blatter. Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, November 2009.
- “Cast and Crew as Family, Family as Cast and Crew: Henry Koster’s Home Movies.” Presenter. Northeast Historic Film Symposium, Bucksport, ME, July 2006.
Devin Orgeron – Publications
- “Learning to Drive: Midcentury Guidance Films and The Middle of the Road Politics of the American Road Movie.” The Global Road Movie. Jose Duarte and Timothy Corrigan, eds. Intellect, 2017: 1-18. (page proofs).
- “Edgar Ulmer, The NTA, and the Power of Sermonic Medicine.” Medical Movies on the Web (sponsored and hosted by The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health). 2017. (equivalent to 25 pages and peer-reviewed).
- “The Bear Facts: Commercial Archeology and the Sugar Bear Campaign.” With Skip Elsheimer. Films that Sell: Moving Pictures and Advertising. Nico De Klerk and Patrick Vondreau, eds., BFI Cultural Histories of Cinema Series (eds. Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson), 2016: 194-208. (50%)
- “Spreading the Word: Race, Religion, and the Rhetoric of Contagion in Edgar G. Ulmer’s T.B. Films.” Learning with the Lights Off: An Educational Film Reader. Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron and Dan Streible, eds. Oxford University Press, 2012: 295-315.
- “A History of Learning with the Lights Off.” With Dan Streible and Marsha Orgeron. Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron and Dan Streible, eds. Oxford University Press, 2012: 15-66. (Work divided in thirds). Winner of Society For Cinema and Media Studies’s 2013 book award for best edited collection.
- “Nothing Could be Finer…?: George Stoney’s Tar Heel Family and the Tar Heel State on film. For a special “Orphan Film Symposium” issue of The Moving Image 9.1 (2009): 161-182.
- “Visual Media and the Tyranny of the Real.” Ed. Robert Kolker. The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies. Oxford University Press, 2008: 83-113.
- “Familial Pursuits, Editorial Acts: Documentaries after the Age of Home Video.” With Marsha Orgeron for special documentary issue of The Velvet Light Trap. Issue 60 (Fall 2007): 47-62. (50%)
- “Mobile Home Movies: Travel and la Politque des Amateurs.” The Moving Image. Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2006): 74-100.
Devin Orgeron – Presentations
- “Thanks for the Memories: The Importance of Home Movies,” presentation with Dr. Melissa Dollman, Palm Springs Public Library, Palm Springs, CA, February 22, 2023.
- “Archival Screening Night Roadshow” screening for Desert Film Society. Co-hosted and Q&A with Melissa Dollman. Palm Springs Cultural Center, May 2, 2020 [Postponed due Covid-19 pandemic — Intro and film prerecorded for June 13, 2020.]
- “Regional Film in the Classroom: Carolina Case Studies.” With Melissa Dollman. Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, July 20-22, 2017, Bucksport, ME.
- “Taking it to the Mat: Footage from the Golden Age of Regional Wrestling with Raleigh’s own Curtis ‘Toad’ White.” With Melissa Dollman. Bastard Film Encounter, April 25-28, 2013, Raleigh, NC.
- “Fatally Flawed Film Format: At Home with Kodacolor.” Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, November 2011, Austin, TX.
- “Lenticular Spectacles: Kodacolor’s Fit in the Amateur Arsenal.” NHF, July 28-30, 2011, Bucksport, ME.
- “Travel and the Post-War Home Movie Aesthetic.” Popular/American Culture Association, March 2005, San Diego, CA.
- “There’s No Place Like Home: The Imperialist Imperative in the Golden Age of Amateur Cinematography. ” The American Literature Association, May 2004, San Francisco, CA.
- Mobile Home Movies: Amateur Cinematography and Technologies of Transportation.” The Orphan Film Symposium, March 25-27, 2004, Columbia, SC.
Courses and Workshops
- “Personal Archiving Best Practices Workshop.” Presented by Melissa Dollman. The Learning Center, Palm Springs Public Library, March 9, 2022.
- “Home Movies and American History.” Co-taught by Melissa Dollman and Devin Orgeron. University of California – Riverside/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (remote). Winter 2022.
- “Protocols Webinar Series (3): Providing Context through Centering Indigenous Voices.” Webinar produced in collaboration with the Society of American Archivists Native American Archives Section and The Association of Moving Image Archivists and hosted by Jennifer O’Neal, with Melissa Dollman, Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Crystal Littleben, June 2020.
- “The Status of Nonfiction: Documentary (Studies) and Nonfiction Non-Theatrical (Studies).” Workshop. With Joshua Malitsky, Jenny Horne, Melissa Dollman, Devin Orgeron and Alice Lovejoy. Visible Evidence XX, Stockholm, Sweden, August 15-18, 2013.
- “Working with Nontheatrical Archives (workshop).” With Devin Orgeron. Society of Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, March 17-21, 2010, Los Angeles, CA.