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Helen Hill Collection, 1990-2006 : Film Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00008
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Helen Hill Collection, 1990-2006 : Film Guide
Date(s): 0000-2999
Quantity: 1 collection (32 16mm film prints, 12 Super 8mm film prints, 2 Betacam-SP tapes, 2 Digital Betacam (TM) tapes, 3 DVDs, and 1 VHS (TM) tape)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: This collection contains films made by Harvard alumnus Helen Hill (1970 – 2007) as well as films relating to her life. The collection consists of 16mm projection prints and preservation masters of 10 of her short films, which were preserved for the Harvard Film Archive by Colorlab in Rockville, MD; Super 8mm footage from Home Movie Day, which she attended in New Orleans in 2006, which has been preserved to 16mm internegative as well as transferred to Betacam-SP, Betacam Digital, and DVD; Super 8mm footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Betacam-SP, Digitial Betacam (TM), and DVD copies of animations made by Helen for the Canadian television show $treet Cents, a VHS copy of Upperground Show, a 16mm production made for a Harvard Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) 153 class project, and Super 8mm home movies.

Acquisition Information:

Helen Hill's films, including shorts, animation, and home movies, were donated by Paul Gailiunas to the Harvard Film Archive in 2007.

Processing Information:

Encoded by: Miranda Nero, Amy Sloper, May 2011

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Hill, Helen, 1970-2007. Helen Hill Collection, 1990-2006 : Film Guide. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Biography

Helen Hill (May 9, 1970 - January 4, 2007) was an experimental animator, filmmaker, educator, artist, writer, mother, and social activist who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Hill began creating short animated Super 8mm films at age eleven. She earned her B.S. at Harvard University in 1992. While majoring in English, she also minored in Visual and Environmental Studies, where she made the 16mm animated short Rain Dance as well as two other animated films. After receiving an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation, Helen, along with her husband Paul Gailiunas, spent time in Canada, where she continued to create films and teach film animation at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (now NSCAD University) and at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), before moving to New Orleans in 2000. In New Orleans she taught animation at the Video Access Center and with the New Orleans Film Collective. Her short films, including Bohemian Town (2004), Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century (2001), and Mouseholes (1999), have been screened at festivals around the world. Always inventive and personal, her films were created using a number of animation techniques, including cel animation, hand-drawn animation, painting on film, and stop-motion using three-dimensional puppets. She is also the author of a book called Recipes for Disaster, which is a compilation of filmmaker's techniques for hand processing film.
Tragically, Helen Hill was murdered by a random intruder in her New Orleans home in the early morning of January 4, 2007, one of six murders in New Orleans in a single 24-hour period. She made 21 films in her short life. Several of her films were damaged or lost when her home was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, but the remainder survived and in an extraordinary collaboration between Helen's family, the Harvard Film Archive, New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Colorlab, the Orphan Film Symposium, the University of South Carolina, and countless individuals, Helen Hill's films, including shorts, animation, and home movies, were quickly organized and donated by Paul Gailiunas to the Harvard Film Archive in 2007. Shortly thereafter, guided by the coordination efforts of Dan Streible, ten of her films were preserved by Harvard and Colorlab. One title, Rain Dance, was preserved at Colorlab, under the direction of Bill Brand as an NYU MIAP project, and all were put back into distribution in late 2007.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Content

This collection contains films made by Harvard alumnus Helen Hill (1970 – 2007) as well as films relating to her life. The collection consists of 16mm projection prints and preservation masters of 10 of her short films, which were preserved for the Harvard Film Archive by Colorlab in Rockville, MD; Super 8mm footage from Home Movie Day, which she attended in New Orleans in 2006, which has been preserved to 16mm internegative as well as transferred to Betacam-SP, Betacam Digital, and DVD; Super 8mm footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Betacam-SP, Digitial Betacam (TM), and DVD copies of animations made by Helen for the Canadian television show $treet Cents, a VHS copy of Upperground Show, a 16mm production made for a Harvard Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) 153 class project, and Super 8mm home movies.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Columbia (S.C.)
Halifax (N.S.).
Ninth Ward (New Orleans, La.).
Animals in motion pictures.
Artists in motion pictures.
Harvard University -- Alumni and alumnae.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Punk culture and art.
Sepulchral monuments.
16mm.
Amateur films.
Animated films.
Artists' films.
Autobiographical films.
DVD -- Video discs.
Short films.
Super 8mm
Television programs.
VHS (TM).
Videocassettes (Betacam-SP).
Videocassettes (Betacam Digital (TM)).
Gailiunas, Paul
Hill, Helen, 1970-2007
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
California Institute of the Arts.

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