Denver University Amache Project - Super-8 film project

Project by Brea Weinreb

In June 2018 I spent a week in Granada, Colorado working on a film project with the Amache Research Project – an archaeological, oral history, and museum research endeavor about the Amache Internment Camp (officially Granada Relocation Center) in South Eastern Colorado. With 15 members of the project  – former internees and their descendants as well as students from the archaeology field school – we made Super-8 films in response to archival footage that was shot during internment. In order to link the film directly this history we made developer from flowers and plants collected from among the foundations of internee barracks and mess halls. Working with my collaborator Annie Danis and other program interlocutors, we cut together the modern footage with archival 16mm home movies shot at the camp to explore the layering of the sense of the past in the present that being on site at Amache gives. 

A first draft of the film. Another, much more complete one, is currently in progress.