Around Los Angeles: Home Movies from the Academy Film Archive

Around Los Angeles: Home Movies from the Academy Film Archive

The Aratani family boating at Lake Arrowhead, circa 1955. Courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum Collection at the Academy Film Archive. 

Admission is free, but a ticket is required.

Home movies are an essential part of our moving image heritage. With their wide range of subjects and points of view, these powerful, first-person records provide an inclusive documentation of people, communities, and spaces which have been historically underrepresented in mainstream cinema. The Academy Film Archive collects and conserves home movies, making them accessible to researchers, filmmakers, and the public. The Archive holds thousands of amateur and personal reels of diverse content, with emphasis on the motion picture industry, underrepresented communities, and Southern California.  
Throughout the 20th century, home movie filmmakers captured Los Angeles neighborhoods, landmarks, people, and events with their cameras. From the construction of Los Angeles City Hall in the 1920s to a backyard barbeque near Leimert Park in the 1970s, the films in this program offer a spirited tour around the Southland. Tuna fisherman Ben Fukuzaki takes us to the San Pedro Fishermen’s Fiesta, journalist Bert Reisfeld shares opening day at Disneyland, and other filmmakers document the Miracle Mile in the 1930s, Hollywood in the 1940s, Muscle Beach, Angels Flight, Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, Satchel Paige pitching at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles, and more. 
The evening will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla, and be hosted by Executive Vice President of the Library, Archive and SciTech at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Haberkamp. The program will also be presented with live commentary by Chief Curator of the Japanese American National Museum Karen Ishizuka, Senior Manager of Public Access at the Academy Film Archive Taylor Morales, and Senior Archivist at the Academy Film Archive Sean Savage. 

Programmed by Special Collections Curator at the Academy Film Archive Lynne Kirste.
Total program runtime: 50 min.

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