Michael Holman Family Home Movie #3

Created by
Wood, Pauline Thompson, American, born 1901
Owned by
Holman, Michael, American, born 1955
ca. 1957
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 #3
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 a wide shot of the Eiffel Tower. This is followed by several shots of street scenes around Paris. Next, there are several shots of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. The subsequent shots are of street scenes in an unidentified city in Spain, including one of an unidentified cathedral. Tracking shots of an unidentified coastline follow these scenes. The next scene is a series of tracking shots of an unidentified village at the foot of a mountain. There is a quick shot of an unidentified cathedral followed by shots of rural life in an unidentified location. A shot of the Puerto de Somosierra mountain pass precedes a series of shots overlooking an unidentified city, which conclude the film.
2016. Original film reel.
2016. Original film box. Standard yellow Kodak 8mm film box with handwritten mailing addresses for processing film in Europe. Also, includes some handwritten content notes.
Place depicted
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lourdes, Midi-Pyrénées, France, Europe
Puerto de Somosierra, Segovia, Spain, Europe
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