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The JoAnn Elam Collection at Chicago Film Archives

by Aurore Spiers, University of Chicago The JoAnn Elam Collection (1967-1990) at Chicago Film Archives (CFA) is one of the 58 archival projects receiving generous support from the Woman Behind the Camera. It consists of approximately 735 film, video, and audio elements and some paper material, which JoAnn Elam’s husband Joe Hendrix donated in 2011. Since

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Reading Lips, Keeping Secrets

By Sharon Thompson, Executive Director, Lesbian Home Movie Project Lesbian Home Movie Project (LHMP) is nosy. We won’t take footage unless the possessor agrees to help us document it. And we don’t just ask for the meat and potatoes of moving-image archives, dates and locations. We ask what was happening when the footage was captured.

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Discovering Dorothy Stebbins Bowles

by Karin Carlson Northeast Historic Film One of the best parts of processing a film collection is learning about the person who shot it. It is captivating to see old footage of exotic and familiar places and to watch families grow up on film. Watching a family’s home movies is a glimpse into the others’

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The Woman Behind the Camera is launched!

Welcome to the Woman Behind the Camera project. This collaboration between Northeast Historic Film (NHF), Chicago Film Archives (CFA), and the Lesbian Home Movie Project (LHMP) aims to bring to life amateur film and home movies created by women in the 20th Century. Over the next several months we will be creating an online catalog

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