The Task and Art of Restoring Sound on “Ornette”
posted February 25, 2015
A project like the restoration of Shirley Clarke's portrait of jazz iconoclast Ornette Coleman – her 1986 film "Ornette: Made in America" — can hardly succeed if its visual appeal is not matched by sparkling audio. John Polito of Audio Mechanics, in Burbank, Calif., explains what he did to the soundtrack.
Shirley Clarke Makes the Connection with Jason & Ornette
posted February 22, 2015
Shirley Clarke suffered the neglect and disparagement that many great innovators do. But Milestone Films, the vaunted Brooklyn-based restoration and reissue company, has teamed up with various partners to produce restored prints — and now consumer DVDs and Blu-rays — of most of Clarke’s films.
Sticking Up for East German Film
posted January 21, 2015
Under Soviet direction, East German authorities embraced film as a didactic medium; now a collection of posters at George Mason University tells the tale.
Collections Worth Seeing, Hidden in Plain Sight
posted January 9, 2015
“Hidden collections” — specialized caches of many varieties — are being cataloged around the United States with grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources, a collections-support organization that has now begun a new grant cycle to enable archives to make digital replicas so the "hidden" collections can be more readily shared with researchers and the general public.