Archive • June 2010

Afterimage: Call for Papers

posted June 30, 2010

For a special issue on “the aesthetics of atrocity,” scheduled for fall 2011, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism has issued a call for abstracts, proposals, or full feature essays (2,000-4,000 words). Deadline for submissions and proposals is November 1, 2010; for accepted materials, April 1, 2011.

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Identifying a Trove of Films in Jordan

posted June 27, 2010

Identifying a Trove of Films in Jordan

By Matthew Epler Aqaba, Jordan – Almost 900 mysteries wait to be solved at the Royal Film Commission in Amman, Jordan. They are film cans stacked in a garage facing a busy and popular street lined with small markets, workshops, and restaurants. Each day, locals and tourists pass them by without the slightest notion that

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NHPRC and NFPF

posted June 23, 2010

National Historical Publications and Records Commission – Detailed Processing Grant. Optional draft deadline: August 2, 2010. Final deadline: October 7, 2010. Film and video materials are eligible. National Film Preservation Foundation – Basic Preservation, Matching, and Avant-Garde Masters grant information.

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Audiovisual Preservation for Limited Budgets

posted June 23, 2010

Audiovisual Preservation for Limited Budgets at The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, Mount Campbell, Illinois. July 30-31, 2010. Cost: $535. The schedule for all courses at The Campbell Center, and scholarship and registration info are at http://www.campbellcenter.org/.

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Indiana University Seeks Cinema Technical Manager

posted June 23, 2010

Job Description: “Responsible for the technical operation, maintenance, and advancement of IU Cinema as a world-class facility. This includes the successful recruitment, training, scheduling, and management of Graduate Student projectionists, the research and procurement of leading technologies, and upholding the highest standards of exhibition possible. Functions as a vital contributor, providing advice and direction to

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Peter Clifton Finds His Lost Easybeats Film

posted June 20, 2010

The Easybeats, London, 1967; courtesy Peter Clifton Productions, from the film "Easy Come Easy Go"

At the beginning of his career in making films about music, Australian director and producer Peter Clifton created a documentary about the 1967 tour of England by The Easybeats, a fabled fivesome who put an Antipodean spin on the British Invasion bands of the era. The Easybeats’ claims to fame include being the first Australian rock-and-roll group to score an international rock hit. They did that with their 1966 single "Friday on My Mind."

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Categories: FeaturesOf Special Interest

NZ Film Archive Unearths Early-Film Treasures

posted June 7, 2010

A still from "Little Brother" (Thanhouser Film Corporation, 1913), one of two one-reelers from New York’s Thanhouser Company repatriated through the project. Courtesy of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

The New York Times reported on June 7 that 75 films of historical or cultural importance to the United States have been discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive (Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua), and will be repatriated to the US and placed under the care of the National Film Preservation Foundation, the nonprofit

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Categories: Of Special InterestShorts

posted June 6, 2010

Seattle-based Jon Behrens is best known as a veteran maker of experimental films, but he also has long been a film collector, and here is one diverting outcome: Batteries Not Included, his 58-minute collation of kids’ toy ads from the ’50s to the ’70s: a “real electronic missile base,” a robot commander who “takes orders

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28th Pordenone Silent Film Festival

posted June 3, 2010

Among the offerings are influential French comedy and burlesque films from the 1910s, and films from generally unknown Japanese directors including Kiyohiko Ushihara who “apprenticed” under Charles Chaplin. http://www.cinetecadelfriuli.org/gcm/

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Stark Love: A Silent Masterpiece

posted June 1, 2010

Reprinted with permission from the Fall/Winter ’09 issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. New York Times film critic Mordaunt Hall reviewed Stark Love in 1927. The Times makes you register to look at their “vintage” reviews, but it’s free.

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