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Lost in Light is a videoblog about small gauge filmmaking featuring weekly posts of home movies, work by artists, articles by preservationists and film scholars, video tutorials and other film gems.

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Christmas 1966 – Boy in the Mirror


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With this post, Lost in Light is officially launching! We are now ready to begin accepting your films for transfer, and will continue to update this site weekly with newly transferred Super 8 and 8mm films, creative works, articles, and much more related to making and restoring 8mm film. For more information, please click the links to the left.

Our first post comes from a giant box of home movies belonging to Aaron’s aunt. This excerpt features one of the great staples of home movies, a white Christmas with a toddler delighting in new presents, some amazing tobogganing, and a captivating moment of self-discovery in a mirror that would make Jacques Lacan proud. Shot on the U.S. East Coast in 1966.

The full length version of this film will soon be available as a high-quality mpeg2 download at the Internet Archive; however, the uploading function there seems to be down at the moment. We’ll keep working on it and post an update when it’s ready.

And, this film is an example of the quality of transfers we’ll be offering as part of the Lost in Light project.

Here’s to the New Year!

Comments

Comment from Cheryl
Time: January 1, 2007, -5

Happy New Year and congratulations on your launch. I am so excited for this project, for many reasons!! The footage is absolutely gorgeous. Yay for you!!

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Time: January 1, 2007, -5

[…] Hooray! Lost in Light launched today with a beautiful piece of film from wintertime circa 1966. This excerpt features one of the great staples of home movies, a white Christmas with a toddler delighting in new presents, some amazing tobogganing, and a captivating moment of self-discovery in a mirror that would make Jacques Lacan proud. […]

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[…] More information about ordering a transfer, and a short excerpt of a 1966 home movie from Aaron’s aunt featuring an adorable toddler rolling around in wrapping paper and Christmas gifts, can be found on the inaugural post of Lost in Light. […]

Comment from chuck
Time: January 5, 2007, -5

the baby in the mirror… beautiful.
i can imagine a plunky introspective piano with a man talking about “The Self.”

congrats on the launch!

Comment from Mom
Time: January 21, 2007, -5

Your Aunt Jennie was 24 years old and living in Schnectady, New York in that film clip. They lived in the upper story of a two-story flat….obviously no garage for the VW.

Comment from ryanne
Time: February 10, 2007, -5

the part in the mirror is amazing and creepy!
this film looks great!!

Comment from caspar
Time: November 10, 2007, -5

The boy in the mirror part would not only make Jacques Lacan proud, but also the Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. In 2005 he directed a fantastic 40 minute film solely devoted to the moment of his son being confronted by a (gigantic) mirror and his own image for the first time in his life. Check it out if you get the chance, it’s called “Svyato”.