Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cine Wandering Into the White Mountains of New Hampshire (1942)

WHO: An anonymous, presumably amateur, filmmaker. No names are mentioned in the credits or title cards.

WHAT: This film is a silent, 16mm "home movie" presentation of views of the White Mountains region of New Hampshire. Wintry landscapes, mostly unpeopled, though including both natural and human-made elements to the scene. The geology of the region is featured heavily, including in the segment containing the above image of a "split rock" created by constant weathering and temperature change to the (over time) fragile granite substance.

WHERE/WHEN: On a program screening at 8PM tonight only at Oddball Films. Seating is limited, so it's best to RSVP by e-mailing or calling ahead at (415) 558-8117.

WHY: I'm tooting my own horn here, as I'll be performing live musical accompaniment for this and for another short reel on tonight's program, a digest print of the 1924 Epic Of Everest, telling the tale of a failed trip to the roof of the world. Both films screen along with films and works-in-progress by my filmmaker girlfriend Kerry Laitala, who is presenting some of what she did in her residency in the Granite State this summer, which I wrote a bit about here.

HOW: On a program of 16mm films with a power-point presentation.

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