Michael Holman Family Home Movie #6

Created by
Wood, Pauline Thompson, American, born 1901
Subject of
Lt. Thomas Holman, American, born 1926
Holman, Alice, American, 1927 - 2009
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 #6
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 first shot of the film is of competitors in a bicycle race riding at high speed. This is followed by a series of shots of children eating by the side of the road with US Army buses parked in the background. Next, there is a series of shots of unidentified historic buildings, including a castle. The subsequent series of shots depict an unidentified town, including the buildings and agricultural areas. A shot of Alice Holman and Thomas Holman a couple walking towards and waving at the camera in front of L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris follows. Alice Holman is on the left wearing a light blue dress and white gloves, and Thomas Holman is on the right wearing a black suit with a white shirt and a red tie. Finally, there is a series of sightseeing shots around Paris, including Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and a man using a public urinal. Various unidentified individuals and Alice Holman appear throughout the series posing for the camera. Alice Holman is wearing a light blue dress with white gloves.
2016. Original film reel.
2016. Original film box. Standard yellow Kodak 8mm film box with handwritten mailing addresses for processing film in Europe.
Place depicted
Paris, Ile-de-France, France, Europe
Bavaria, Germany, 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