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Created by:
Pauline Thompson Wood, American, born 1901  Search this
Subject of:
Michael Holman, American, born 1955  Search this
Dorothy Lewis, American  Search this
Alice Holman, American, 1927 - 2009  Search this
Keith Holman, American, born 1959  Search this
Linda Holman, American, born 1953  Search this
Owned by:
Michael Holman, American, born 1955  Search this
Medium:
acetate film, plastic and cardboard
Dimensions:
Duration: 3 min.
Physical extent (film): 50 ft
Type:
silent films
home movies
color films (visual works)
8mm (photographic film size)
Place depicted:
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Fort Dix, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1960-1961
Caption:
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop. The collection predominately contains family vacation footage shot when Holman's father, Lt. Thomas Holman, was stationed in Europe with the US Army. Most of the footage was captured by Holman's grandmother, Pauline Thompson Wood. In addition to the European vacation films, the footage shot by Pauline Wood documents her involvement with the Baha'i Faith and includes footage of Baha'i events and pilgrimages to holy sites in Israel and Palestine. There is also footage of the family at home in San Francisco and other sites in California.
Description:
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop. It consists of a single reel of 8mm silent acetate film with color (a), an original metal film reel (b), and an original cardboard film box (c).
The film begins with a shot of a man and two women standing in front of a dentist's office talking with one another, smiling, and walking towards the camera. This is followed by several shots of different groups of people posing for the camera and walking towards it at different locations in New Haven, Connecticut. Dorothy Lewis stands on the left of a group of three women and a man in front of a Tailor Shop and wears a navy coat and a white hat with a feather. Next, there are extended segments of small groups of people taking turns walking towards the camera. One group is a set of adults in front of someone's home and the other is a group of children at a playground. A section of overexposed film follows this segment.
The subsequent shots were taken at an outdoor event at a playground. There are portraits of various people and in the background a chorus can be seen performing. The banner for the chorus states "Rock-Hontas Chorus of Elks New Haven, Conn." A young toddler is prominently featured in many of these shots. Next is another set of portraits of people around town and then the footage switches to people in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. This is followed by multiple shots which feature Michael Holman as a young boy in a red sweater playing with Keith Holman in a playpen, Linda Holman wearing a dark blue dress and white collared shirt, Alice Holman wearing a light blue dress, and Pauline Wood wearing a white striped shirt and grey skirt.
The Technicolor 8mm film box (c) that accompanies the film has notes on its contents and a mailing address handwritten onto it in blue ink.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Children  Search this
Families  Search this
Film  Search this
Military  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2016.31.3.1.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
© Michael Holman
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Michael Holman Family Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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