Archive • November 2015

Owen Land’s Strange, Expansive Film World

posted November 15, 2015

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By the time Owen Land died unexpectedly in 2011 at the age of 67, he had become a leading figure in American "structural film," film making whose films were about the nature of film making. Now Anthology Film Archives will preserve with an award from the recently announced round of Avant-Garde Masters Grants from The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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Disaster-Porn Shock Horror: Gertie the Galloping Bridge Really Just Lolloped

posted November 12, 2015

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge crumbles into Puget Sound on Nov. 7, 1940. The fifth-longest suspension bridge in the nation, the original structure know as 'Galloping Gertie' collapsed during a windstorm. It was rebuilt and completed in 1950. A reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, James Bashford, shot the photo but credit was mistakenly given to a cameraman who shot a 16mm movie film, now a staple in engineering classes, of the unforgettable tumble. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, James Bashford) MANDATORY CREDIT  WATAC1
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Now It Can Be Told: 75 years after the infamous collapse of "Galloping Gertie," the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State, USA, four physicists have donned moving-image-archivist hats to deduce that famous, much-viewed film footage of the dramatic failure was later greatly speeded up.

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Ongoing Greatness and What Brings You to Maine?

posted November 5, 2015

Alamo Theatre, 2006. Courtesy of Melissa Dollman

Moving-image archivist and researcher Melissa Dollman attended this year's Wunderkino, an event that Northeast Historic Film holds each year in the near-100-year-old venue, the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine, and reports on the pleasures of an intimate gathering of archivists, scholars, and artists devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images.

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Films by Gregory J. Markopoulos and Four Other Avant-Gardists Win Preservation Grants

posted November 3, 2015

Gregory Markopoulos: Twice A Man (1963)

Paul Kilb and Olympia Dukakis in Twice A Man (Gregory Markopoulos, 1963)

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In this year's round of Avant-Garde Masters Grants from The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation, Twice a Man, a 1963 film by Gregory J. Markopoulos, was among seven films granted preservation grants. In the mid-1960s, two decades into his highly idiosyncratic filmmaking career, Markopoulous, born in 1928 in Ohio of Greek immigrants, became so disgusted by American critics’ reception of American film avant-gardism that he told a New York Film Festival panel of critics that they were "soulless morons,” packed up, and moved to Greece.

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