PBS News Weekend

Season 10, Episode 85 of 99

Filmmaker uses home movies to look at the history of cities. Rick Prelinger has spent his career peering into other people's pasts, using home movies as a lens on history. He has amassed 17,000 home movies, now contained in a digital library called the Prelinger Archives. Most of the footage is made available free to the public to use as they wish, but Prelinger has also used it to create a unique film series called "Lost Landscapes." These carefully edited montages present the life of a city across a hundred years, in the span of about an hour. During more than a decade, he has created films about New York, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports.

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