Archive • December 2014

25 Films Added to the U.S. National Film Registry

posted December 22, 2014

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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.

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Two Great Collections of Jazz on Film Become One

posted December 21, 2014

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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.

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African American Home Movies: Are They Out There? Can You Help Locate Them?

posted December 2, 2014

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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.

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