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Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture records, 1945-2013

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Series 7: Motion Picture Films , circa 1955-1970
1.9 Linear feet
Box 11, FC 13-30

Motion picture films consist of 18 reels of silent, color footage of the school's campus, working faculty and students, and social activities. Footage includes both edited works and outtakes (footage shot but not used in the edited piece), that form three distinct sets of films from three different periods.
16 mm films from the 1950s were shot and edited by Karl Fortess, resulting in 2 reels of edited footage and 2 reels of outtakes. Two additional reels of unedited footage are also found in this group.
8 mm films appear to have been shot by Jack Eastman in 1964-1965 and edited into three films, each depicting a different area of work at the school, including painting, sculpture, and fresco and mosaic. The Fresco and Mosaic film also has a detailed typewritten description. Each of the edited films from this group has an accompanying reel of outtakes. One additional edited film with general footage of the school, and a second reel comprised of two unedited films dating to 1965, are also in this group.
Super 8 mm films seem to include only outtakes, many found as very short clips and arranged by date onto compilation reels. No corresponding edited work exists in the collection for this set of films, and it is not clear who shot the footage from this period, although at least some of the footage appears to have been shot by Willard Cummings.
All of the working titles listed in this series were taken from the original containers found with the films, and dates are estimated based on the film manufacturer's edge code. For footage without such titles, films are listed as "Skowhegan School home movies." Names listed with the various reels were found on the original containers, and may refer to persons as well as artworks featured in the footage. Original containers with any additional description have also been retained.
All of the films have been digitized for research access. The Fortess edited films and outtakes contain footage shot at different speeds, so digital copies captured at both 24 fps and 18 fps have been created for each of these films.
7.1: Films by Karl Fortess, 1950-1956
Description Container
Skowhegan School Film, circa 1956
2 Film reels
color silent
16mm
FC 13-14
Skowhegan School Film, Outtakes, 1950-1955
2 Film reels
color, silent
16mm
FC 15-16
Skowhegan Home Movies, 1952
1 Film reel
color, silent
16mm
Original can labeled "Bill", "Sculpt Act", "Levine's", and "Jack-Ruth-Suzie"
FC 17
Skowhegan Home Movies, 1955
1 Film reel
color, silent
16mm
FC 18
7.2: Films by John Eastman, 1964-1965
Description Container
Skowhegan Fresco and Mosaic, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 19
Description of Film "Skowhegan Frsco and Mosaic", circa 1968
11
25
Skowhegan Fresco and Mosaic, Outtakes, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 20
Skowhegan Painting Section, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 21
Skowhegan Painting Section, Outtakes, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 22
Skowhegan Sculpture Section, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 23
Skowhegan Sculpture Section, Outtakes, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 24
Skowhegan School Film by John Eastman, 1964
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
FC 25
Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1965
1 Film reel
color, silent
8mm
Comprised of 2 short clips found in collection, compiled during processing and digitized as one reel. Names found handwritten on original containers include Rosati, Stu, Bette Davis, and Zorach.
FC 26
Original Film Containers for Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1965
11
26
7.3: Additional Home Movies, 1966-1968
Description Container
Skowhegan Home Movies (1964-1965), Compilation Reel, circa 1967
1 Film reel
color, silent
super 8 mm
Date of 1967 is based on the film manufacturer's edge code, but its content appears to have been copied from films shot at an earlier date. The reel is comprised of 6 short clips found in collection, compiled during processing and digitized as one reel. Names found on original containers include Goodrich, Geldzahler, Hayes, Frank O'Hara, Halpert, Bishop, Marisol, Jack Levine, Bermelin, Rosati, Lee Bontecou, Biddle, Snipes, Abby Shahn, Boughton, and Zorach.
FC 27
Original Film Containers for Skowhegan Home Movies (1964-1965), Compilation Reel, circa 1967
11
27
Skowhegan Home Movies, 1966-1967
1 Film reel
color, silent
super 8 mm
Names found on original film container include Stankiewicz, Cage, Cunningham, Bill Z. and Marguerite, and Rosati.
FC 28
Original Film Containers for Skowhegan Home Movies, 1966-1967
11
28
Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1967
1 Film reel
color, silent
super 8 mm
Comprised of 11 short clips found in collection, compiled during processing and digitized as one reel. Names found on original film boxes include Ben and Bernarda Shahn, Poor, Boughton, Nakazawa, Cage, Rosati, Plumhoff, Kumakulu, Tony Smith, Fairfield Porter, Philip Pearstein, Reinhardt, and Murch.
FC 29
Original Film Containers for Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1967
11
29
Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1968
1 Film reel
color, silent
super 8 mm
Comprised of 9 short clips found in collection, compiled during processing and digitized as one reel. Names found on original containers include Hurwitz, Shahn, Bernarda, Smullin, "Hindu" [Michael Henderson], Kumakulu, Jane Freilicher, Alex, Ada, Eric Johnson, Al Held, Jim McGarrell, Ron Bladen, Philip Pearlstein, Frank Zimbardi, Treffny, and William Farley.
FC 30
Original Film Containers for Skowhegan Home Movies, Compilation Reel, circa 1968
11
30

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