Bill Stamets Collection
Extent of Collection
329 reels of Super 8mm film totaling approximately 81,896 feet; 29 reels of 8mm film totaling 2,560 feet; 9 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 8,101 feet; 2 reels of 35mm film totaling 445 feet; 9 U-matic videocassettes; 3 VHS; 2 boxes of paper ephemera
Language Of Materials
The nine 16mm films were collected by Bill Stamets from a variety of sources including from experimental film distributors. Stamets' own films were kept at his home until he donated them to CFA in 2014. Stamets donated his father's 8mm home movies in 2023.
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives.
CFA holds a one-half joint tenancy interest with the filmmaker in the copyright of the materials.
Bill Stamets (b. 1953) is a Chicago-area freelance writer, photographer, and small gauge filmmaker. He has written (and continues to write) for the Chicago Reader and Chicago Sun-Times, and wrote the chapter on film in Art in Chicago: 1945-1995. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Chicago, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Films by Stamets include Novo Dextro: Purity and Danger, Chicago Politics: A Theater of Power, Harold is Gone, and Iowa and Its Presidents.