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Release of "Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Moviemaking, 1923-1960"

In this newly released book, Charles Tepperman, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Calgary, traces the history of the amateur films movement, exploring the aesthetics and production/circulation practices of this alternative filmmaking. For a detailed description of the book please visit the publisher's website here

Reviews from the Inside Flap:

"A valuable history of the amateur films movement, its production practices, and how groups “professionalized” around amateur film journals. It makes fascinating contributions to US cultural/social history in its discussion of middle class practices and aesthetics, and of the middle class's view of its world. Recommended to historians trying to understand middle class culture’s journey across mid-century."—Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, author of At the Picture Show: Small Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture

"The first detailed history of amateur filmmaking in the US draws on rich archival materials including extant film prints and journals. Tepperman's study marks the evolution of amateur filmmaking as a “creative response” to Hollywood’s increasingly hegemonic aesthetic, technological, industrial and business practicesAmateur Cinema adds enormously to the growing body of research on “non-theatrical” cinema."—Shelley Stamp, author of Lois Weber in Early Hollywood

"Despite the number of practitioners and the large number of works they made, very little scholarship has focused on amateur cinema. Charles Tepperman's close reading of published and unpublished sources not only vivifies the untold history of amateur cinema, but mobilizes the history and aesthetics of amateur cinema as a wedge to consider complex aspects of cinema as a whole, especially the reception/production spectrum, the nature and incubation of technical innovation, and the practices of personal mediamaking, mashups and remix."—Rick Prelinger, founder of Prelinger Archives and Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

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