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William O’Farrell Fellowship Awarded

posted May 26, 2010

Northeast Historic Film has awarded its inaugural William O’Farrell Fellowship to Caitlin McGrath, a doctoral candidate in cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $1,500 to support research at NHF, a regional moving image archives established in 1986 and located in Bucksport, Maine. NHF awards the O’Farrell

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“The Feature” at Anthology Film Archives

posted May 25, 2010

The Feature is video artist Michael Auder’s 2008 semi-autobiographical filmed diary, “with the archive of footage Auder has amassed over the decades providing much of the source material, alongside new scenes shot by co-director Andrew Neel (the grandson of painter Alice Neel).” Screens nightly at 7pm, with additional shows Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

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Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood

posted May 25, 2010

Cinecon 46 will show “nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.” Note preliminary schedule here.

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Caroline Frick Named Eastman House Curator

posted May 25, 2010

Caroline Frick has been named the sixth curator of motion pictures at George House International Museum of Photography and Film, which was founded 61 years ago, and is the third largest film archive in the US. Frick has worked in film preservation at Warner Bros., the Library of Congress, and the National Archives in Washington,

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Revamping Canadian Archives

posted May 25, 2010

Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, has launched a series of dialogues with the Canadian archival community about the role of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). He is looking for input on what the national archive is doing right, wrong, well, and not well enough. What new services should it offer? What strategies

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New US Archivist

posted May 25, 2010

In November, David S. Ferriero was sworn in as the tenth Archivist of the United States, the first librarian to hold the position. The librarian and library administrator was previously the director of the New York Public Library where he worked after serving as University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University.

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AMIA 20th Anniversary Edition of The Moving Image

posted May 25, 2010

Marsha and Devin Orgeron, editors of The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, have gathered input for an expanded Forum section of the publication (issue 11.1 of early 2011) which will commemorate AMIA’s 20th anniversary. The tentative lineup for the issue, which will be the first issue of 2011, includes

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On, Archives!

posted May 24, 2010

On, Archives!: A conference on media, theater, and history Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research July 6 – 9, 2010 Madison, Wisconsin On, Archives!, a conference celebrating 50 years of the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, takes place July 6-9, 2010, in Madison. The center, formed in 1960 by the then-department of

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34th Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

posted May 24, 2010

American Museum of Natural History, November 11-14, 2010 Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY The longest-running American showcase for documentaries, experimental films, animation, and hybrid works that increase understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and culture. Submit films here by June 1. Some of the festival’s films travel to universities

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Australia’s Oldest Film, Online and in the Vault

posted May 24, 2010

Late in October, 1896, Lumière cinematographer Marius Sestier took his newfangled movie camera out into central Melbourne to shoot what is now Australia’s oldest, known, surviving film, Patineur Grotesque. Performing for a gathering crowd, the bearded, cigar-puffing Humorous Rollerskater (as the film’s title has been translated) stumbles about, struggling to keep his hat on his

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