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16mm Film: The Georgia Sea Island Singers
1964 Hawes 10m 53s
“Moses”, “Adam in the Garden”, “Buzzard Lope”, “Down in the Mire”
Print circa: 1965 on 1 400’ reel in steel can.
Better than vinyl, this is Vintage 16mm film!
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Director: Bess Lomax Hawes
Starring: John Davis, Emma Ramsay, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, Bessie Jones
Writer: Georgia Sea Island Singers
Production Co: Anthropology Department of San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University at Northridge)
Release Date: 1964
Sound Mix: Mono dual track optical variable area (diamond/waveform)
Runtime: 10 min 53 sec @ 24 fps (w/o leader, +/- projector variance)
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Film Stock: 131- 3M Safety 35 (circa 1965)
Splice Count: 4 - all in or attaching leaders, count, black. No internal splices.
Odors: No odors
Containment: 1 steel 400’ reel, steel can.
Item Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
Shipping Dimensions: 2 lbs, 12 oz, 8”x8”x4” in all new professional packaging.
Songs and Culture Nearly Lost...
Every frame is visible: best to watch it!
(Please use controls lower right of video to view full screen in 1080 HD)
This is a used vintage print in very good condition.
Condition Remarks: Once rental film, this print survived that remarkably well as it has no internal splices. It has very minimal dust and scratches in the print with a similar small amount printed in both pos and neg. The soundtrack is very clean and strong, well recorded and preserving of nuance. Projects very flat in the gate and very sharp. Print was professionally cleaned with a silicon infused reverse wiping system. Stored in a humidity and temperature controlled environment both before and after I acquired it in 1998.
About The Films of Bess Lomax Hawes:
The films were made in the Anthropology Department of San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University at Northridge) in Los Angeles. Edmund Carpenter founded the department with the intention of moving anthropology beyond the book. In addition to cultural anthropologists, physical anthropologists and linguists, his faculty hires included folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes along with artists, musicians, animators and filmmakers. It was in this context that Bess Hawes made these works. After leaving CSU-Northridge in 1976, she became the first director of the Folk and Traditional Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts. Though she did not make other films, she has been an ardent supporter of filmmakers who present traditional artists with dignity and enthusiasm.
These films were unique in their time and there is no way they could be made now. They were made as opportunities arose, using borrowed equipment and volunteer crews, small budgets, and a great deal of learning and experimentation in the editing room. The films concentrate on performance and by implication how the performers’ aesthetics both inform and reflect societal values. The films are remarkably neutral in their presentation, striving to make a pleasing and engaging record of small moments from the vastness of American expressive traditional arts. They are neither exhaustive nor statistically representative, but survivals of a time now past.
St. Simon's Island, Georgia, is one link in the island chain that curves along the eastern shoreline of North American From Canada to Florida, to tail off, at last, into the Bahamas and the leeward islands of the Caribbean. Each island is different from the next; each island population is special. The particular distinction of St. Simon's is that among its people has been preserved one of the oldest layers of Afro-American culture still viable within the United States. Musically speaking, that venerable life-style has been represented for the past fifty years by the Georgia Sea Island Singers, a unique local organization of black working men and women, self-dedicated to conserving and performing the proud music of their forebears.
The video clip is done by re-photography, not a proper telecine: most of the flicker you see is from the crude video transfer. The clip is meant to be viewed in 1080 HD and includes photos of reel, cans, leaders, edge #s and all detected splices, which precede the film in six segments shown concurrently with full-frame segments interspersed. I strongly recommend viewing the video by clicking the Youtube icon, which will open a new window to view on youtube, and giving you better video controls than the imbedded player provides. Stills are screen grabs from Final Cut, de-interlaced by duplication, so the resolution is half as sharp as the film. Photographs of reels and cans are done on one inch pegboard background for scale. Leader / splice / edge # images made against fluorescent background and may vary slightly in color balance.
Why do you charge so much? Because these are rare quality prints of historic films, fully white-glove inspected with all flaws disclosed. Prints are from reliable distributors of the golden age of 16mm film (1950s-1980s), not from seconds houses, not from knock houses.
Why is this not an auction item? Because ebay jacked the prices for reserve auctions. This will function as a reverse auction, where the price is periodically reduced.
Do I have to take the can? Yes, you do, both for shipping protection and for preservation. (It doesn’t weigh that much compared to the film.)
Is there a cheaper way to ship overseas? Not without insurance and delivery confirmation, both required for buyer and seller protection.
Why is there foam padding in the cans? To protect the film in shipping. The foam is not archival and should be removed before storage.
Why do the photos show a lot of reels and cans? I show both sides of all reels and both sides of each can half.
Do I have to use Paypal? Yes, you do.
Will you change the customs form? No, it will reflect the sale exactly.
Can I take a long time to pay? That would be impolite, and can delay shipping turnover. Please communicate if payment is to be delayed.
Why does it take 3 days to ship? Because Psycles is a solo operation and the Houdini Packaging™ takes time.
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Is there anything else you can tell me about this item? Let your eyes be your guide: consult the photos and video for full disclosure of anything overlooked in the text description.
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(This is NOT from this film... Gloria Swanson: wet in the rain)