Michael Holman Family Home Movie #12

Created by
Wood, Pauline Thompson, American, born 1901
Owned by
Holman, Michael, American, born 1955
Subject of
Baha'i House of Worship, founded 1912
Created by
Montgomery, David Gaylord, American, 1947 - 2002
8mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): plastic;
Film Box (c): cardboard
Duration: 3 Minutes
Length (Film): 50 Feet
8mm motion picture film of Michael Holman Family Home Movie #12
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop. The collection predominately contains family vacation footage shot when Holman's father, Lt. Thomas Holman, was stationed in Europe with the US Army. Most of the footage was captured by Holman's grandmother, Pauline Thompson Wood. In addition to the European vacation films, the footage shot by Pauline Wood documents her involvement with the Baha'i Faith and includes footage of Baha'i events and pilgrimages to holy sites in Israel and Palestine. There is also footage of the family at home in San Francisco and other sites in California.
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop.
Consists of: 8mm Film (a), Original Film Reel (b), and Original Film Box (c).
2016. 8mm film. The film begins with images of the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The various shots capture the main structure itself, as well as the surrounding grounds. In one shot, a group of people descend a set of stairs in front of the temple. Next, an older woman, possibly Pauline Woods, stares into the lens not realizing that the camera is recording. This is followed by a series of shots depicting a teenage boy, David Gaylord Montgomery, wearing a navy suit and white shirt and interacting with and posing for the camera. He emerges from the front door of a home, poses in front of the home, and then poses in front of a car. The final series of shots show an older woman posing in the yard of a home in an unidentified location. The series also includes images of plants in the home's garden.
2016. Original film reel.
2016. Original film box. Standard yellow Kodachrome 8mm film box with a brief handwritten content note.
Place depicted
Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Michael Holman Family Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
home movies
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Michael Holman