[Tig] Nixon White House Home Movies at MoMA October 28th

Jeff Kreines jeffkreines at mindspring.com
Mon Oct 8 22:12:58 BST 2012

A few months ago, I spent a couple of weeks in the research room at the Nixon Presidential Library scanning over 22,000 feet of Super-8 Nixon White House Home Movies, shot by H.R. Haldeman, Dwight Chapin, and others.  The scans were made for Brian Frye and Penny Lane's upcoming film "OUR NIXON."

Brian and Penny will be showing excerpts from their film, as well as raw camera rolls, at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC on October 28th.

It's a good chance to see this unseen footage, and to see 3.3K scans of Super-8 (made with a Kinetta Archival Scanner) on the big screen.

Jeff Kreines
jeff at kinetta.com

The White House Home Movies: Richard Nixon on Super-8
Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas were not the only “amateur” filmmakers who embarked on open-ended home-movie epics during the 1960s. As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the historic moments and everyday occurrences of the Nixon presidency. Official banquets, parades, ceremonial balls, campaign rallies, and world-historic state visits “become mere episodes in one man’s life, rather than political events.” This special—dare we say, historic?—program includes a selection of raw camera rolls, several restored sequences (among them Nixon’s 1972 trip to China), and excerpts from Brian Frye and Penny Lane’s work-in-progress Our Nixon, and features a conversation with the filmmakers and Nixon’s chronicler, Dwight Chapin, moderated by J. Hoberman. Program approx. 90 min.

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Presented by Dwight Chapin, Brian Frye, Penny Lane; moderated by J. Hoberman)


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