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Owen Land’s Strange, Expansive Film World

posted November 15, 2015

By the time Owen Land died unexpectedly in 2011 at the age of 67, he had become a leading figure in American "structural film," film making whose films were about the nature of film making. Now Anthology Film Archives will preserve with an award from the recently announced round of Avant-Garde Masters Grants from The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation. MORE >>

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge crumbles into Puget Sound on Nov. 7, 1940. The fifth-longest suspension bridge in the nation, the original structure know as 'Galloping Gertie' collapsed during a windstorm. It was rebuilt and completed in 1950. A reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, James Bashford, shot the photo but credit was mistakenly given to a cameraman who shot a 16mm movie film, now a staple in engineering classes, of the unforgettable tumble. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, James Bashford) MANDATORY CREDIT  WATAC1


Disaster-Porn Shock Horror: Gertie the Galloping Bridge Really Just Lolloped

posted November 12, 2015

Now It Can Be Told: 75 years after the infamous collapse of "Galloping Gertie," the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State, USA, four physicists have donned moving-image-archivist hats to deduce that famous, much-viewed film footage of the dramatic failure was later greatly speeded up. MORE >>

Alamo Theatre, 2006. Courtesy of Melissa Dollman

Ongoing Greatness and What Brings You to Maine?

posted November 5, 2015

Moving-image archivist and researcher Melissa Dollman attended this year's Wunderkino, an event that Northeast Historic Film holds each year in the near-100-year-old venue, the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine, and reports on the pleasures of an intimate gathering of archivists, scholars, and artists devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images. MORE >>

Gregory Markopoulos: Twice A Man (1963)

Paul Kilb and Olympia Dukakis in Twice A Man (Gregory Markopoulos, 1963)

(C) Temenos Verein 2003

Films by Gregory J. Markopoulos and Four Other Avant-Gardists Win Preservation Grants

posted November 3, 2015

In this year's round of Avant-Garde Masters Grants from The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation, Twice a Man, a 1963 film by Gregory J. Markopoulos, was among seven films granted preservation grants. In the mid-1960s, two decades into his highly idiosyncratic filmmaking career, Markopoulous, born in 1928 in Ohio of Greek immigrants, became so disgusted by American critics’ reception of American film avant-gardism that he told a New York Film Festival panel of critics that they were "soulless morons,” packed up, and moved to Greece. MORE >>


Today is World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

posted October 27, 2015

Today is World Day for Audio Visual Heritage, and it’s the tenth time UNESCO has organized and encouraged events to foster the preservation of moving-image materials and archives. MORE >>


UCLA Inaugurates New Education Approach

posted September 30, 2015

The University of California at Los Angeles is changing the focus of its master’s-degree education in moving-image archiving, and the move signals evolution in employment opportunities for graduates. Less film theory, less confusion between cultural-studies and archival-studies components, and more attention to emerging career opportunities, underpins the new formula. MORE >>

beckett with film strip copy

An Odd Couple: Samuel Beckett & Buster Keaton

posted September 3, 2015

A noted film archivist's NOTFILM presents his meditation on one of the most surprising of cinema collaborations: Samuel Beckett's only film, starring Buster Keaton in an unfamiliar role. MORE >>

Touch of Evil - Welles, DP Russell Metty

Black-and-White is Dead. Long Live Black-and-White

posted August 31, 2015

In "Black and White Cinema: A Short History," his lament and celebration of a great film art, Wheeler Winston Dixon also looks at what the passing of a film standard augurs for Hollywood's future. MORE >>

Kay Francis. Rialto Distribution.

Redress for A Giant of Costume Design

posted August 12, 2015

In the 1950s, Hollywood gave Orry-Kelly his due: three Oscars for costume design. Now he is being belatedly recognized in his native Australia with a biographical film, a major exhibit, and publication of his rediscovered (but never quite lost) memoir. MORE >>

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T-Model Hank Rides and Tucson Boys Sing

posted July 28, 2015

Thanks to a grant from the federally backed National Film Preservation Foundation, two films from Arizona are assured preservation: one about a T-Model Ford tour guide, the other about a Tucson choir for boys. They join films the NFPF supported last year, about Yaqui ceremonies and a grand church mission complex from the 18th century. MORE >>