25 Films Added to the U.S. National Film Registry
posted December 22, 2014
U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the annual selection of motion pictures to be added to the Library's National Film Registry. They span from 1913 to 2004, and include Hollywood classics, documentaries, silent movies, student films, and independent and experimental films. They are dramas, comedies, westerns, animated films, and in the case of the 1953 House of Wax, the first full-length 3-D color film produced and released by a major American film studio.
Two Great Collections of Jazz on Film Become One
posted December 21, 2014
Two of the most impressive collections of films of jazz and other American popular music have combined: Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive and the storied Chertok Jazz on Film Collection. It's the jazz-film equivalent of the Basie and Ellington bands joining forces.
African American Home Movies: Are They Out There? Can You Help Locate Them?
posted December 2, 2014
Jasmyn R. Castro, a moving-image archivist in training, is testing the notion that African American home movies are rare because they have rarely been made.
Time to Start Fixing India’s Tattered Film Heritage
posted November 18, 2014
India’s cinematic heritage is vast, varied, and in dire need of better care — some film makers and supporters are taking the first steps to remedying a huge problem. They have drawn support and assistance from some of the world's most capable archivists to offer a crash course in best practices.
Do You Have Archival War Stories to Tell
posted November 7, 2014
Do you have War Stories from the Moving Image Archives Trade that you'd like to share?
In NY, Showing Orphan Indies; in the UK, Easing Access to them, Protecting Possible Holders of Copyrights, and Busting Crooks Who Breach Them
posted November 1, 2014
Orphan films find friends in New York, while the British government seeks to help anyone who would like to make use of abandoned films without fear of being pursued for copyright breach, while it also cracks the whip on criminals who flaunt copyright law, to their own devious ends.
Google Up, for a Free Online Symposium
posted November 1, 2014
For insights into the core considerations and possibilities for the preservation and restoration of moving-image media, you can tune in online to a free symposium of restoration and archiving experts on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 3pm US West Coast Time (GST-7hr)
A Funny Thing About Home Movies…
posted October 17, 2014
Saturday 18 October 2014 is Home Movie Day. Events will take place in many cities in many countries around the world. Free for anyone to take part in, the events provide opportunities to see and share home movies with community audiences. Moving-image archivists and other enthusiasts organize the events, and provide information about how to care for home movies.
At the Fair with Bob Hope; on the Hustings with Robert W. Scott
posted September 21, 2014
Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, State Archives of North Carolina will ensure the longevity of films of two far-away phenomena, drawn from a collection that Century Film Productions, a Raleigh-based company, donated to the Archives in 1986.
For-Real Bogus Boxing Saved from the Trash
posted September 17, 2014
Film-Makers' Cooperative, of New York, will use a National Film Preservation Foundation grant to care for esteemed rock critic Richard Meltzer's idiosyncratic 1969 film about "Bogus Boxing Trash."