Archive for 2022

What the Self-Defense of Black Residents of Natchez Looked Like

posted June 14, 2022

In accounts of the Civil Rights Era in the United States, non-violent protest was clearly the key tactic in combatting centuries of racial oppression and injustice. But it was not African American communities’ only way of confronting hostility towards reform. Some groups opted for armed resistance. A startling film collection, now freely available online, shows what that looked like.

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An Archive That Keeps the Waves Rolling

posted April 27, 2022

The Australian & New Zealand Surf Film Archive aims to locate and restore as many old-school surf films as possible and make them available for public viewing, free of charge. It's a labor of love for filmmaker Jolyon Hoff and his small band of fellow enthusiasts.

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Framing Antarctica: Argentina’s Icy Film Legacy

posted April 14, 2022

Argentinians have been making films about Antarctica for 120 years, but they’ve been collecting and preserving them for far fewer. Now, the Museo del Cine Palbo C. Ducrós Hicken, in Buenos Aires, is running a major project to preserve that distinctive film legacy. To date the project has identified some 100 Antarctic films in various archives or in the hands of private collectors, and has begun to preserve and digitize as many as possible while also screening some for the public.

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Data from thousands of surveillance cameras confirms that protected areas safeguard species diversity

posted March 5, 2022

Data from thousands of surveillance cameras confirms that protected areas safeguard species diversity. Human disturbances, such as over-harvesting of crops, habitat destruction and invasive species, are the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss.

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Life Support for Medical Films

posted March 2, 2022

Northwestern University’s medical library is reviving a collection of historical educational films of operations, dissections, and other procedures. Last year, the project to preserve the collection through digitization and public display attracted a grant from the Recordings at Risk program of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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