Shelby Robison Films, 1968-1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Robison, Shelby
Title
Shelby Robison Films
Dates
1968-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
70 film reels (7,325 feet) : silent and sound; color and black and white ; 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm
Collection Number
PH0949
Summary
Experimental films and footage created or collected by Shelby Robison
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access to the original films is restricted due to preservation concerns. Arrangements can be made to view the film by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Shelby Robison worked as a film editor in Los Angeles. She was active in the Pacific Northwest feminist filmmaking movement, and involved with the Women's Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon. At the time of donation, Robison was residing in Perth, Western Australia.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm films either created or collected by Shelby Robison. Included in the collection are narrative pieces, experimental films, documented performances, and home movies.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Individual film titles have been derived from title cards, canisters and box labels, and notes present at the time of donation.

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Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Reel DescriptionsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
1 1
Farm Flowers
1 reel ( 50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Images of grasses and flowering plants made with various camera techniques.
1968
2 2
White Sands
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
A small unidentified town as viewed from the passenger side of an automobile. A recreational visit to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
1970
3 3
Florida
1 reel ( 50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Pastimes in a coastal region, such as visiting a fishing marina, golfing, and scuba diving. Riding on a boat through what appears to be Everglades National Park in Florida.
1970
4 4
Canada; Yellowstone
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
A lake and mountains, with elk in a nearby field. Two people at the edge of a steaming body of water, presumably the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Water spraying from a geyser, presumably Old Faithful in Yellowstone.
1970
5 5
Charles; Christmas
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Various wildlife, and people swimming in a large river. A bear on the side of the road. A man, a woman and a toddler under a Christmas tree.
1971
6 6
The Milk Vending Machine
1 reel (200 feet) : sound, color ; 16mm
A delivery man gets out of a truck that is hauling a large machine. He sets up a ramp to unload the cargo, and uses an electronic dolly to remove the machine. He then rolls the machine into a building, using the dolly's rotating edge to raise the machine up a set of stairs.
circa 1971
7 7
Skiing; The Reverse Creek Murder Mystery
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Various people skiing. A narrative concerning a mysterious ax murder that takes place in a snowy location.
circa 1972
8 8
Skiing with Grady, Dave, and Dad
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Various people skiing. People at the bottom of a ski run. A ski lodge.
1973
9 9
Rape Film, with Outtakes
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A poster with a drawing of woman kicking a man. The poster reads, "Disarm Rapists - Smash Sexism." Two women and a man sitting at table, talking. A sign in background says, "Rape is a Crime of Violence Not Sex." One woman looks over her shoulder and shakes her head. A brief section of white film with a hand-drawn pink dot. A still photograph of a woman. A woman looking over her shoulder, crying, running her hands through her hair, and falling to the ground. Woman on the ground thrashes about and kicks towards camera, and the pink dot now covers the entire frame. Project outtakes conclude the reel
circa 1974
10 10
Oregon; Experiments with Light; Flycasting
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; Super 8mm
Close-up of a woman lying in the grass. People standing in a line, facing forward and singing and playing various instruments. A woman dancing and someone laying on the ground, perhaps enacting an interpretive dance. Images distorted in a curved mirror. Pieces of mirror stuck in the top of a tree stump. A car headlight, an oil lamp sitting on the ground outside, and a candle are used as light experiments. A woman walking down a set of stairs and looking out over the ocean. Views of the shore, with a person standing on the rocky coast. Shellfish, and waves crashing against the shore.
circa 1976, 1978
11 11
Outtake Reel
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; Super 8mm
A blond woman looking at the camera. A group of four people dancing, and another group playing drums. Pink paper with the word "Evaluations" written in black. Outtakes from the Pacific Northwest Women's Festival, a dance piece, and the Mers Peace project.
circa 1976, 1978
12 12
Gert's
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A group of people watching a woman playing a saxaphone. Another woman then plays a saxophone, and the two performers eventually play together. People talking in a circle.
circa 1977
13 13
Gert Singing and Playing
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman, presumably Gert, playing the piano and singing. She is followed by another woman, also on the piano. People gathering in a kitchen. The group moves to the piano where they all sing to accompaniment.
circa 1977
14 14
Gert's Kitchen; Collective Meeting
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Several people sitting around a table having a meeting. A sign for "Gertrude's Café," and a notice in the window stating, "Women Working". A doorway, red flowers in vase, baked goods, a coffee pot and condiments, and fruits and vegetables.
circa 1977
15 15
Pacific Northwest Music Fest
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
River and shore, and a tree viewed at sunset. Human shadows on a beach, with a person taking photographs. Woman playing fetch with a dog on a beach. A person and a dog walking through flowers. Drawing states, "Filmakers: Shady Grove, Debra Scionti, Dhyana Kaharea, Shelby." Women exiting with lighting supplies, a man tying a knot, and a group moving a piano. People playing instruments, singing, and dancing. Two women practicing martial arts.
circa 1977
16 16
Power Plant
1 reel (25 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
An experimental piece with multi-colored lights and images of a church and a fountain. A natural setting with a nuclear facility as part of the landscape. A person laying in the grass, eating fruit and looking at the camera.
circa 1977
17 17
Retrospect
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
An audience interacting with musicians at an outdoor concert. People holding hands, dancing in a circle, and speaking with performers. Traveling to an unidentified stretch of coastline. Food is prepared, and people explore nature near the water.
1978
18 18
Woodcutting
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A handkerchief with a pink dot hangs from the back pocket of a woman. A group of women take turns starting a chainsaw and cutting sections from a log. The logs are then stacked into the bed of a truck.
circa 1978
19 19
T.C. III
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A group of people interacting on an unidentified stretch of coastline. A landscape as seen from an airplane, and a view of an airplane as it lands.
circa 1978
20 20
Shady's Birthday
1 reel (20 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Underexposed images of a group of people eating and drinking.
circa 1978
21 21
Birthday at Fox Hollow
1 reel (20 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Underexposed images of a child's birthday party with balloons and candles.
circa 1978
22 22
Silly Cereal; Skiing; Bathroom Images
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Children playing around the home. Skiing footage. Light fixtures, presumably in a bathroom.
circa 1978
23 23
Mers Peace
1 reel (20 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman playing a stringed instrument and raising her empty hands to the sky.
circa 1978
24 24
Mers Peace; Wallflower Rehearsal
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Groups of women performing various activities, such as Tai Chi, reading, and dancing.
circa 1978
25 25
Mers Peace; Loose Lips
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman in a field performing an interpretive dance. Another person is playing a guitar in the grass.
circa 1978
26 26
Taste Test; Children Playing
1 reel (25 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman and a man eating while blindfolded. The pair are comparing "Aunt Em's Foxy Muffin Mix" and "Brand X" in a taste test. Various kids playing around a couple of cars and the inside of a wooden playhouse.
circa 1978
27 27
Flyfishing; Shelby and Brooke
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman flyfishing along a river. One woman, presumably Brooke, sitting beside the river. Another woman, presumably Shelby, walking out of the woods with a flower for Brooke. Chalk drawing on a blackboard stating, "Pacific N.W. [two female symbols] Festival."
circa 1978
28 28
Public Television Spot
1 reel (25 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A group of costumed people with homemade television sets on their heads are encouraging the viewer to "Support Local Television." A cameraman and a journalist are pretending to interview the group outside of what appears to be a mall.
circa 1978
29 29
At the Park
1 reel (125 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A woman, a man, and a girl exploring an unnamed park.
circa 1978
30 30
Astronomic: Dance of Stars
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; Super 8mm
A performance piece. A group of women face each other, join hands to create a circle, raise up their hands and lean their heads back. Various close-ups of the women's hands. The women turn around, their backs touch, and they step forward and back into circle. Other people soon join the dance.
circa 1978
31 31
Astronomic: Dance of Stars - Work Print
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; Super 8mm
A performance piece. A group of women face each other, join hands to create a circle, raise up their hands and lean their heads back. Various close-ups on the women's hands. The women turn around, their backs touch, and they step forward and back into circle. Other people soon join the dance.
circa 1978
32 32
Astronomic: Dance of Stars - Beginning
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A spinning globe, followed by a map of Washington State that emphasizes Interstate 5. A sign on wall shows the name "Nestle" with a red circle and a slash through it. Three people sitting in a circle with a spinning globe in the center. A group of women face each other, join hands to create a circle, raise up their hands and lean their heads back. Various close-ups on the women's hands. The women turn around, their backs touch, and they step forward and back into circle. Other people soon join the dance.
circa 1978
33 33
Astronomic: Dance of Stars - Outtakes; Jeanna's Room
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; Super 8mm
A performance piece. A group of women face each other, join hands to create a circle, raise up their hands and lean their heads back. Various close-ups on the women's hands. The women turn around, their backs touch, and they step forward and back into circle. Other people soon join the dance.A map. Musical instruments, and a room with posters on the walls. A spinning globe with people sitting in a circle in the background. A group of women face each other, join hands to create a circle, raise up their hands and lean their heads back. Various close-ups on the women's hands. The women turn around, their backs touch, and they step forward and back into circle. Other people soon join the dance. A sign on wall showing the name "Nestle" with a red circle and a slash through it. Posters pertaining to women's history in the labor unions.
circa 1978
34 34
Fox Hollow Mirage
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Two women playing saxaphones. People sitting in a circle and talking.
1979
35 35
Fox Hollow Mirage - Work Print
1 reel (75 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Various people playing music and singing in a home setting.
1979
36 36
Merry Christmas
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Three boys and one girl in front of a Christmas tree. Various people interacting in a kitchen and dining room. Presents being opened, and people singing together.
1979
37 37
Floating on River - Test Roll
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Various people floating down river on inner tubes and rafts.
circa 1979
38 38
Female Directors Project
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A montage of still images from cinema history, focusing on women in the film industry.
circa 1979
39 39
Fireworks; Amusement Park
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Fireworks exploding in the sky. A person and a dog walking a path in a flower garden. Three women at a table, and a boy filming a woman at the table. Amusement park rides at night, and close-ups of midway lights.
circa 1979
40 40
Yvonne's Paintings
1 reel (175 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A person sitting on a cliff, with waves hitting the shore. Images of paintings.
circa 1979
41 41
Ballooning in Eugene
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Preparations for flight, with several hot air balloons being inflated by a group of people.
circa 1979
42 42
Wood Splitting; Archery
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Adults and children in a yard, practicing wood splitting and archery.
1980
43 43
Riding Horses
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Adults and children riding horses.
1980
44 44
Eating Fruit; Fun at the Fair
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Children eating at a table. A dog in a prairie. A woman eating a peach and licking her lips. A woman beside a lake, cooking food over a fire. The lights of a fair.
1980
45 45
Workshop on Video
1 reel (120 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A woman is explaining the specifics of video production to a group of people. The instructor uses a video camera and a television to illustrate her points.
circa 1980
46 46
White 100
1 reel ( 100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
An experimental piece concerning a barely visibile figure in a white shirt. Hands are moving, and shadows are thrown against a white background.
circa 1980
47 47
A Woman Writing
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A woman at a desk is involved in the act of writing in a book.
circa 1980
48 48
A House Divided
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A narrative piece that centers around a series of misunderstandings between a husband and wife. The problems have to do with perceived infidelity.
circa 1980
49 49
Synchronicity
1 reel (50 feet) : sound, color ; Super 8mm
An experimental piece involving balloons, clowns, puppets, stuffed animals, and a woman in a blue bandana.
circa 1980
50 50
Miracle Worker
1 reel (1200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Several shots of a dinner scene featuring a girl, presumably playing Helen Keller, and a woman, presumably playing Anne Sullivan. Keller repeatedly runs around the table, drops silverware, and grabs at food. Sullivan puts Keller back in a chair, and uses severe techniques to convey a lesson to the girl.
circa 1980
51 51
Miracle Worker - Original Opening Fade-In
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A girl playing Helen Keller, sits on the floor, pounding her fists and kicking her legs. A long shot reveals she is beside a table, and a woman, playing Anne Sullivan, clears plates from the table. A struggle between the two women ensues.
circa 1980
52 52
Miracle Worker - Fist Fight and Outtakes
1 reel (75 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A girl and a woman, playing Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, sit at a table. The seated Sullilvan hits Keller, and the scene is repeated several times. The assaulted girl moves along floor and feels her way around the table. The woman watches from the background, and snatches food from path of the girl.
circa 1980
53 53
Miracle Worker; Fireworks; A Fair at Night
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Fireworks in the sky. Two women at a table, presumably a scene from the Miracle Worker project. Lights from the midway of a fair after dark.
circa 1980
54 54
Miracle Worker; Puppetry
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
First part: A girl and a woman at a table, presumably a scene from the Miracle Worker project. Second part: A puppet show.
1981
55 55
Women's Films 1981
1 reel (75 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Close up of a newspaper headline that reads, "Women's Films '81". The camera scans the entire newspaper page from top to bottom.
1981
56 56
Eugenia Review
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; Super 8mm
Various groups of women singing, dancing, and acting on a stage. A house in the woods, with women raking the lawn and clearing away leaf piles.
1981
57 57
Yellowstone
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Adults wading in water. A steaming body of water, presumably the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Bears and a waterfall, also supposed to be in Yellowstone.
circa 1981
58 58
Boating; Road Trip; A Gathering
1 reel (250 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Blue-tinted images of a family on a boat, and of bison in a field. A holiday meal on a table. Various scenes of people preparing and eating food, cacti, mountain and coastal landscapes, and a barbwire fence. Playing fetch on the beach and wading with a dog. People sitting and standing around a table, and a group eating outdoors.
circa 1981
59 59
First Animation Experiment - Wheelchair
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A person coming down stairs with a man in a wheelchair. A group of animated cutout characters are attempting to push a "one ton" box up an incline. Human hands move the box up the incline, but the weight eventually falls down the slope and crushes the paper characters.
This film is presumably related to items 60, 61, and 62.
circa 1981
60 60
Moving Company Animation Sequence
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
An animated cutout character is trying to pull a "one ton" box up a flight of stairs. More animated characters soon join in the labor, and they are crushed when they begin to fall under the weight.
This film is presumably related to items 59, 61, and 62.
circa 1981
61 61
Safe Unloading
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A group of people are unloading a safe from a truck using a mechanical device.
This film is presumably related to items 59, 60, and 62.
circa 1981
62 62
Indoor Computer Move
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Man trying to get a large metallic box out of a truck using a mechanical device to move it down a ramp. The back of the man's shirt reads, "Global Van Lines." A second man joins the first, and the pair move the large container through the doorway of a house. A pair of men are sitting on the back of a truck, holding onto a loaded dolly that is trailing behind the truck. Two boxes fall onto the road, and the men retrieve them.
This film is presumably related to items 59, 60, and 61.
circa 1981
63 63
Hot Air Balloon
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Hot air balloons being inflated, flown, and brought back to the ground. Groups of people working on balloons and preparing personal safety equipment.
1982
64 64
Camera Experiments
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
Various experimental images: flashing red and blue lights; a crescent-shaped object; light flashing around a pear-shaped object; a linear flashing light; possibly a human figure.
circa 1984
65 65
A Marathon
1 reel (20 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A marathon being viewed from various vantage points.
circa 1984
66 66
Christmas; Traveling
1 reel (275 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; Super 8mm
Cows in a field, and a heard grazing in a mountained landscape. Four women sitting around a table. Various people and street scenes, and items in a curiosity shop. Two women in a kitchen, and a Christmas tree with ornaments and gifts. A woman in a bubble bath. Christmas celebrations. A woman in an airport, a view of the tarmac from the terminal, and a view from inside a plane as it takes off. People decorating a Christmas tree and playing with the ornaments.
circa 1987
67 67
Loyola Marymount University Graduation, Part One
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A graduation ceremony at Loyola Marymount Univeresity. Graduates and faculty walking through crowds of onlookers. The ceremony begins.
1989
68 68
Loyola Marymount University Graduation, Part Two
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A speech is given, and people walk across the stage to receive diplomas. Groups of people talking after the graduation ceremony.
1989
69 69
Sync Master
1 reel (30 feet) : magnetic sound track ; Super 8mm
undated
70 70
Unlabeled Magnetic Sound Track
1 reel (70 feet) : magnetic sound track ; Super 8mm
undated

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