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Dating the Background Noise

by Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film The NHF portion of the ‘Woman Behind the Camera’ project, spans almost a hundred years of black and white, color, sound, and silent film. Some, like the Kodak films with their edge codes, give a clear idea of the time period. Though edge codes cannot establish when the images

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Millie Goldsholl’s “Rebellion of the Flowers”

Millie Goldsholl’s Rebellion of the Flowers (1992) appears to be the last film she completed and one that she poured an incredible amount of creative passion and energy into. Completed three years before her husband’s death, the film is dedicated to “Morton Goldsholl and the Good People who resist the abuse of power in any

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Archiving Separatism

While lesbians shot home movies and amateur films well before Stonewall, the idea that making sexual identity public was essential to winning civil rights changed filming friends and lovers into a radical act, altered the way participants behaved in front of a camera, and changed what the women behind the cameras shot. For lesbians the

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Searching for Context with the Marguerite Larock Collection

By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film Open the pages of the 1929 Mechanic Falls High School ‘Pilot’, the Maine school’s yearbook, and you’ll find the usual photographs of students with lists of their accomplishments and extracurricular activities. Turn to page 7, and you’ll find the photograph of one ‘Marguerite Frost’. She stands out. Her list

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Categorizing JoAnn Elam’s films

The following is adapted from a short presentation given by Brian Belak, Collections Manager for Chicago Film Archives, at the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on December 1, 2017. The panel “Woman Behind the Camera: Uncovering An Overlooked Perspective” also featured archivists from Northeast Historic Film, the Lesbian Home

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The Archival Gets Personal

Even if Lesbian Home Movie Project’s first collection had been a talkie, there’d have only been one way to know for sure that at least some of the women in it were lesbian: to know the filmmaker or one of the women in the footage. As it happened, I did know one fairly well. Friends

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Women Set Sail

By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film After a typically grey and stormy March here in Maine, I’m ready for a little sunshine. So let’s break out the cocktails, brush up on our shuffleboard skills, and take a look the sea faring adventures of some of the women in Northeast Historic Film’s portion of the The Woman

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2007 Interview with Millie Goldsholl

On April 20, 2007, Chicago Film Archives Executive Director Nancy Watrous interviewed Millie Goldsholl, filmmaker and designer, at her home in Highland Park, Illinois. The following edited excerpts feature Millie describing her earliest work at the School of Design (now the IIT Institute of Design) in Chicago, where she studied under Hungarian-born artist László Moholy-Nagy.

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Hunting, Censorship and Cataloger Bias

  By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film A caribou is shot, falls, and joins a dozen others ready to be cut up and hauled by snowmobile back to town. This scene is repeated several times throughout the Joan Cartledge Collection. Joan Cartledge was a missionary in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1972 to 1984. At a

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Inspecting Millie Goldsholl’s Personal Reels

By Olivia Babler Since joining Chicago Film Archives as a transfer technician last October, one of my main long-term projects has consisted of inspecting, stabilizing and digitizing films from the Mort & Millie Goldsholl Collection as part of the “Woman Behind the Camera” project. While the couple are best known for their mid-century graphic design

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