Alan Berliner, The Family Album

Therefore I Live: Home Movies, Personal Cinema, and the Avant-Garde
The Universal Truths

Home Movies as History
Monday, October 30, 2006
8:00 pm at Eyedrum

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

Program subject to change

THEREFORE I LIVE is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Frequent Small Meals.

All screenings take place at 8:00 pm at Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King
Jr Dr Suite 8, Atlanta, GA, 30312


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