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The films included in this database are winners of amateur movie contests or works that have been identified as significant by archives and historians.



Beyond the Blue Horizon

Date produced: 1948

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Davis


What Is It?

Date produced: 1947

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Davis

Description:

"An experimental exercise with extension tubes, picturing textures in extreme closeup. Such materials as salt, bread, leaves, nylon hose, coffee grounds, book edges, etc., are shown highly magnified, then later identified in medium closeup shots. Idea is similar to quiz feature appearing currently in the Ford Times magazine." Home Movies, Sept. 1947, 586.


Ten Minutes with “Doc” Davis

Date produced: 1947

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Davis

Description:

"Short documentary about fountain pen repairs and the process of repairs within a fountain pen hospital. The film begins with a client handing over his pen to the receptionist. From there the pen goes to Robert "Doc" Davis, who performs a nine point check-up on the pen. This is followed by exploded views of various pen models, including the Schaeffer Triumph, Parker 51 and the Eversharp Skyline. Last, the film shows how gold lettering is used on both pends and leather goods. Outtake scenes of the pen hospital and its employees follows the film." Chicago Film Archives.


Walk with Me Beneath a Tree

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Warren Thompson

Description:

"A journey from bustling Chicago to the fall foliage and winter landscape of rural Wisconsin." Chicago Film Archives.


Around the Lake and Over the Bridge

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Warren Thompson

Description:

"Travelogue of cities, towns, and outdoor activities found around Lake Michigan. There is a wide variety of footage, including sand dunes, beaches, parades, many shots of flowers, ships, industrial ports scenes, attractions of historic horse-and-buggy town Mackinaw City, a mansion on fire, Grand Hotel: World’s Largest Summer Hotel, camping, rafting, farmers harvesting crops, and the Prudential Building in Chicago." Chicago Film Archives.


Havana, Cuba

Date produced: 1946

Filmmaker(s):

W. R. James

Description:

"A short travelogue film of Havana, Cuba shot for the Metro Movie Club, a Chicago amateur film club." Chicago Film Archives.


You’re Putting Me On

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Don B. Klugman

Description:

"This film seems to pick up the same couple from “I’ve Got This Problem” (played by Don Klugman and Judy Harris) a few years later, as they attend a swinging bohemian party where they pilfer personal objects from the unsuspecting guests." Chicago Film Archives.


I’ve Got This Problem

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Don B. Klugman

Description:

"Traces the romantic relationship between a young man and woman (played by Klugman and Judy Harris) who meet in a downtown coffee shop; their nonstop dialogue fluctuates between playful psycho-babble and sincere attempts to relay their innermost feelings." Chicago Film Archives.


Wheels Across Europe

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"In 2 parts, the film depicts a cycling journey around central Europe through Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, West Germany, and the Netherlands. Tourist scenes includes shots of Venetian canals, the leaning tower of Pisa, and Dutch windmills.In 2 parts, the film depicts a cycling journey around central Europe through Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, West Germany, and the Netherlands. Tourist scenes includes shots of Venetian canals, the leaning tower of Pisa, and Dutch windmills." Chicago Film Archives.


Wheels Across America

Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited travelogue following young men on a bicycle trip cross country (San Francisco to New York City) with Wandering Wheels, a faith based organization. Along with the noteworthy locations they visit, such as the Four Corners and New York City, this film includes much documentation of their down time and visits to Native American and small town communities to sing and meet with the people." Chicago Film Archives.


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