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City Club Cinema
Films About Filmmaking
Monday July 17th, 2000, 8:30 pm
1111 Washington Ave. S. Downtown Minneapolis
Curated by Phil Harder

Featured screenings:

(1914) 30 min., Super 8
Charlie Chaplin
This silent film about filmmaking features Chaplin in a cross-dressing role. Chaplin is an actor in a film studio who gets tossed out of the film for messing up his scenes. Returning dressed as a lady, he/she wins the heart of the director. Eventually all hell breaks loose, the camera gets trashed, and the sets are destroyed in classic slap stick style.

A Tour of the Thomas H. Ince Studio
(silent era), Super 8
Thomas Ince productions were based on extremely well-planned and prepared scripts and budgets, which were laid out for his directors before their cameras exposed a foot of film. It could be said that Ince laid the foundation for the modern studio system, with all its controls.
Because of meticulous planning, Ince's productions seemed to have a polished look much different from the films of his rivals. While Ince was best known for his westerns by director William S. Hart, his studio also turned out a great variety of subjects, including bucolic comedy features with Charels Ray, and such anti-war films as "Civilization".

Movie Makers Make Movies
(1999) 2 min., 16mm.
Mike Dust
An animated film that celebrates the joys of amateur home movie making.

Archaeology of the Cinema
(1965) 25 min, 16mm.
Archaeology of the Cinema details the development of Motion Picture from primitive filmmaking "toys" like Zooetrope or Phenakistascope, to the present day with illustrative film clips.

Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra
(1928) 15 min., 16mm.
Robert Florey
Robert Florey, an american avant-garde director, brilliantly tells the story of a nonentity trying to break into Hollywood, in the form of a satiric expressionist film. The film was shot by cameraman Slavko Vorkapich on a shoestring budget in his kitchen, using erector sets and similar money-saving devices.

Sixty Second Spot
(1969) 25 min., 16mm.
Sixty Second Spot is a behind the scenes look at the making of a 7-Up commercial. The film details story boards, casting, auditions, location scouting, shooting and final edit. Sixty Second Spot is a groovy and true-to-life film about the excitement of filmmaking in the late 1960's.

Film Editing
(1960) 28 min., 16mm.
Three editors assemble variouse takes of "raw footage" from TV's GUNSMOKE, with James Arness, Dennis Weaver, and then bit player Jack Klugman. The film, made by the Film Editors Society, illustrates different avenues which may be pursued by various editors which will throw emphasis on scenes, persons, or actions which the editor deems to be of greater importance.

Ida Makes A Movie (And Learns To Tell The Truth)
(1970's) 22 min., 16mm.
Ida Makes A Movie is a film within a film. Ida, age 8, enters a filmmaking contest with an old regular-8 camera. When her initial idea "Garbage" goes awry, she opts to change the title to please the judges. Ida now faces a dilemma that weighs heavy on her conscience as she learns to tell the truth.

Track Stars
(1970's) 10 min., 16mm.
This hilarious film reveals the hidden heroes who create sound effects for film. With the clever use of split screen, an action sequence shares the screen with a sound effects studio. As the suspense builds on screen so does the energy in the studio. Garbage cans go flying. Breaking boards are timed with the visual of a broken chair. A punch thrown is synced with the sound guys smacking a side of beef. Track Stars shows the tools and techniques of sound effects that bring the action to life.

Camera Magic
10 min.
This magical, behind-the-scenes film, reveals how trick motion picture effects like split screens, double exposures, and timelapse photography are done.

special thanks for providing film prints:
Kevin Karpinski, Mark Harr, Mike Dust, John from Imaging Equipment, Mike Suade.

films on film

Charlie Chaplin




Questions? E-mail Kevin Karpinski.