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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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The American Indian Film Gallery Retrieves Images from 20th Century Life

posted May 22, 2010

A Hollywood staple, for decades, was Indians yelping from pinto ponies, brandishing tomahawks with bloodcurdling cries, and plummeting rifle-shot from rocky outcrops.

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posted May 20, 2010

From The Washington Post: What happened to Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar? A good question, and reminds us of another Oscar associated with being first (McDaniel was the first African-American to win the statuette). Oscar Micheaux is considered the first African-American to direct a feature-length film. The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University at Bloomington is a

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival

posted May 6, 2010

From July 15-18, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs, featuring a restored print from the most intact version of F.W. Murnau’s Metropolis found to date (at the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires and now making the rounds worldwide). http://www.silentfilm.org/index.php

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From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema

posted May 6, 2010

From May 1-9, the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater presents “From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema.” Throughout May and June, the Archive, Cinecittà Luce and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles present a retrospective of Italian-based Turkish filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/calendar/calendar.aspx

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For the Love of Film Raises Funds for Preservation

posted May 4, 2010

February 14 to 21, film fans around the country took part in For the Love of Film, the film-preservation blogathon to benefit the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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