Archive • March 2012

In the News

posted March 30, 2012

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With the volume of news about moving image archives, film and video restoration, and the like that appears, here and there, you might conclude that the zeitgeist is turning in favor of such undertakings. Perhaps it is. Perhaps little by little awareness is growing of just what could be lost, if efforts are not made.

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Categories: Shorts

Clip of the Day: Life in Japanese America

posted March 26, 2012

Clip of the Day: Life in Japanese America

Now, footage of the internment of Japanese Americans in camps in the Western United States is as hard to fathom as scraps of film footage can be to make out through the injuries of time. The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to preserving such memories, and others from the long residence in North America

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Want to Win the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award?

posted March 26, 2012

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The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, held each fall, honors the  anthropologist who pioneered the use of film for fieldwork. The Mead Festival screens documentaries, experimental films, animation, and hybrid works that cast light on the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures. In 2010, the Margaret Mead Film Festival inaugurated

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Yet More Interviews

posted March 26, 2012

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Here are two more items from the Moving Image Archive News collection of interviews with professionals and students with experience in the field, or hopes of gaining it. Melissa Dollman, an audiovisual archivist at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, suggests how to get jobs in moving image archiving. Leo Enticknap, lecturer in cinema at

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Categories: Features

More Interviews

posted March 22, 2012

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Stephanie Sapienza, Project Manager, American Archive, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on her favorite projects in moving image archiving: “Alternative projections” of experimental artists in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980. And, inventories of public-media access projects around the country. Rick Shephard, technical director of Armáge Archival Imaging, on challenges facing moving image archivists. It’ll take

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Categories: FeaturesOf Special Interest

Video of the Day: Puff on This

posted March 20, 2012

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What did the busy doctor of 1949 do to catch a moment’s pause on his busy rounds? [Please note: This scenario refers to a now-mythic era in American life when doctors actually left their offices and went to where the sick lay ailin’.] Why, of course, they smoked, as several items in a collection of

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Categories: Shorts