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Notes on archiving, collecting, and whatnot

posted April 13, 2014

Among all the things anyone thinks to preserve, catalog, and exhibit, what would be the last? The answer is among these notes on archiving and related issues and developments that are currently in the news. MORE >>


A Secret Ceremony, Preserved on Film

posted April 1, 2014

A film so rare that its like may never again be made is now stored in the moving-image archives of Australia’s national research and collecting institution of Aboriginal life. MORE >>

Cinema from the Sun

posted March 17, 2014

The South Wales-based but eminently mobile Sol Cinema lays claim to the title “the world’s smallest solar movie theatre.” Its operators built it in 2009 from an abandoned trailer home that they found derelict in a field, bought for £50, gutted, and installed with the best theatre fittings that having little money afforded. MORE >>

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The Guilty Pleasure of Wallowing in Quasi-Archives Constructed in Thoroughly Disapproved Ways

posted March 12, 2014

In archiving film or any audiovisual material, it’s like your mother always said: “Will you please tidy up after yourself.” And just like then, you may well completely ignore her. MORE >>

Benicheti working with his "Cousin Jules."(Click on image to view the "Cousin Jules" trailer.

“Cousin Jules”— A Rural Life

posted February 26, 2014

In "Cousin Jules" (1973), Dominique Benicheti depicted an elderly blacksmith and his wife living low to the earth in Burgundy. He also created a documentary film that was remarkable in its day, and remains so, now. MORE >>

Bungled captions may seem amusing, but advocates of better rendition of speech to text on television point out that errors relating to, say, natural-disaster emergency plans can endanger the lives of people with hearing impairment.

FCC Announces New “Rules” for Closed Captioning

posted February 22, 2014

The FCC has adopted new rules that will require broadcasters to perform much better closed captioning with television and Internet programming. Performance Tom Wheeler, the recently appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. And that is a fundamental failure of the telecommunications industry and federal regulators, he implied: “Reliable and consistent access to news and information for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities is a right, MORE >>

China Girls, Leading Ladies, Actual Women

posted February 21, 2014

From the days before color film until the early 1990s hundreds of anonymous women graced more motion-picture film reels than perhaps any film star. And yet movie-goers never saw them; they, and their purpose, were known only to film-lab workers and projectionists. MORE >>

marimba queens

They don’t make ‘em like this…

posted February 3, 2014

Imagine if this had been lost to posterity. They don’t make em like Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens, any more. Here they are sometime in the early 1940s on a Soundie in the extraordinary Prelinger Archives (on the Internet Archive @ You can select from three versions there, depending on what you have MORE >>

italy goes to war on bicycles

The Great War in Film and Cultural Memory

posted February 3, 2014

"Europeana 1914-1918," a vast online amalgamation of resources relating to World War I, includes some 660 hours of film reflecting the military and civilian involvement of many nations. MORE >>


“Men and Dust”: Breath That Kills

posted January 16, 2014

Miners have been dying from varieties of pneumoconiosis since they have been shuttled via mine elevators to toil in shafts thick with dust that, once it sufficiently scars the lungs, suffocates its victims. In 1940, Sheldon Dick bore witness to the plague in his "Men and Dust." MORE >>