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NFPF Awards Grants to 35 Institutions

posted August 23, 2019

The National Film Preservation Foundation has announced grants to 35 institutions to save 74 films. Since Congress created the NFPF in 1996, the agency has provided preservation support through grants and collaborative projects to 304 institutions to preserve 2,478 films. The preservation grants target newsreels, silent-era films, home movies, avant-garde films, and endangered independent productions that are unlikely to be preserved by commercial programs.

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Australia’s NFSA Receives Copy of Moon Landing Broadcast

posted July 2, 2019

As the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing approaches, Australia’s national science agency has donated one of only three known official copies of television film footage of the event to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. It is the only copy held outside the United States.

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A Diva’s Amazing Grace, A Filmmaker’s Persistence

posted June 13, 2019

In January 1972, a 29-year-old Aretha Franklin, already renowned in soul behind five Grammys and 11 No. 1 singles on the Billboard charts, returned to her roots with two evenings of riveting gospel worship in the run-down New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. The soaring celebrations of faith became legendary moments in popular-music history. They also produced a long, confused saga of film loss and retrieval.

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Denmark Breathes Life into the Original Nordic Noir

posted June 3, 2019

The Danish Film Institute has launched a major effort to preserve and disseminate the country’s silent-film output. With 30 million Danish kroner (about $US4.5-million) from three foundations, the Institute has begun to digitize the whole of the remaining early movie heritage. That amounts to some 415 titles from the “golden age of Danish silent film” — about 350 hours of viewing — that archivists at the Institute are digging out of storage to restore, preserve, and disseminate through screenings and online postings.

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Library Council Awards Grants to Nine Audiovisual Collections

posted May 2, 2019

The Council on Library and Information Resources, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, that works to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institution, and communities of higher learning, has awarded its Recordings at Risk grants to 20 institutions. Among the 20 awards, 9 relate to audiovisual collections, and they range in value from $10,908 to $50,000.

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The Huntley Footage Service Goes Blogging

posted April 13, 2019

To publicize a film-archive service, a well-written, attractively presented blog may serve as well as a paid advertisement. The Huntley Film Archives, based in rural Herefordshire, has recently begun to take that route to spreading the word about its holdings, and its blog — The Voice from the Vaults — makes for fascinating reading whether or not you are looking to buy film clips.

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The Signal Tower Heads the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

posted April 3, 2019

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the leading North American event of its kind, takes place May 1-5 at the city’s historic Castro Theatre, and among the event’s great attractions, this year, is the screening of a restoration of "The Signal Tower," a 1924 railroad drama set in the picturesque redwoods of northern California.

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AMIA Authors: Writing about Moving Image Archiving

posted March 4, 2019

If you wonder how to film on 3mm cameras, or safeguard born-digital media content, or navigate the choppy waters of new-media creation and preservation, you will find leads on AMIA Authors, a recently launched website of items about moving-image archiving.

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Are Temporary Appointments a Threat to Archiving?

posted February 8, 2019

Is the archiving profession threatened by an overuse of temporary appointments that deprives entrants to the field of long-term career prospects? Many observers of the profession agree with a few temporarily hired special-collections archivists at the University of California at Los Angeles who believe such a threat does exist.

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Thomas Cripps: Scholar of African Americans in Film

posted December 28, 2018

The history of black Americans in film would have been far less well understood if not for the lifetime of research by Thomas Cripps. The leading American scholar of the black presence in film, he died in Baltimore from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on 17 September 2018, his 86th birthday.

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