As Home Movie Day approaches we’ll be highlighting selections from MIRC’s home movie collections. This week the spotlight is on Scott Nixon’s amateur film, The Augustas. Shot in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the film features a variety of American cities and towns named Augusta, from Montana, to Maine, to Nixon’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia. The 18 minute film, a prime example of the potential historical value of home movies, was added to the National Film Registry in 2012.
Nixon was a traveling salesman and member of the Amateur Cinema League who captured his trips all over the country on Super 8 and 16mm film. The Scott Nixon collection contains over 75,000 feet of film spanning the 1930s to the 1970s, a fascinating record of mid-century Americana.