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"By claiming home movies as essential tools of historiography, Ishizuka and Zimmerman manage to break down artificial barriers between public histories and private records. In this groundbreaking volume, their selection of visionary essays offers a way to reclaim devalued work and turn the tables on the cataloguers. Absolutely required reading for historians, curators and media analysts."—B. Ruby Rich, author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement

About the Author

Karen L. Ishizuka is an independent writer, curator, and documentary producer and is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration (2006). Patricia R. Zimmerman is Professor of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. She is the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (1995) and States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (2000).

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (December 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520248074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520248076
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cybracero Holdout on May 5, 2010
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As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the film world is abuzz: the future of 3D technology, a female winning the Oscar for Best Director, the divorce of a woman named Sandy B. I choose, instead, to present to you something that creates a more natural buzz--one that will get your neurons firing by threatening and unsettling the comfort of today's dominant visuality.

Mining the Home Movie, artfully edited by Karen L. Ishizuka and Patricia R. Zimmermann, boldly asks readers to turn one's thinking about cinema inside out, to reverse popular-culture assumptions about home movies. Bringing together a diverse group--a semiotician, a film historian, a genographer, a film theorist, a philosopher of history, an anthropologist, a librarian, archivists, postcolonial theorists, a writer and producer, and filmmakers--a series of questions is opened and explored. The authors attempt to answer and probe the promise and problematics of home movies and amateur film--the unseen cinemas of public memories and traumatic histories.

Presented are abstractions of race, class, gender, and nation as they are lived and as a part of everyday life. The range of amateur film discussed in this volume represents a diversity of voices operating within different discursive formations--travel films, missionary works, narratives, amateur ethonographies, industries, family films. Navigating between private memories and social histories, they stand as a variety of forms as they are lived and as a part of everyday life.

Mining the Home Movies reclaims amateur film as an active, constantly changing historiographic practice that creates collaborations and convergences across borders of nations, identities, genders, ethnicities, races, sexualities, politics, and families.
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