Paul Rotha: Filmmaker, Author, Producer

posted February 15, 2011

The Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds is organising a three-day conference from September 8-10 2011 on the career of Paul Rotha in the light of the last two decades of research into non-fiction cinema and British film culture. Rotha (1907–1984) was a British documentary film-maker, film historian, and critic whose documentaries

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Berkeley Silent-Film Conference

posted February 13, 2011

The Department of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley presents The First International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema, with a theme of Cinema Across Media: The 1920s, running February 24–26 2011. The international, interdisciplinary conference will include plenary speeches, roundtables, concurrent panels, and a series of silent film screenings with live musical

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Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco

posted November 28, 2010

The New York Times, via the San Francisco Bay Guardian, has this feature article today about renowned archivist Rick Prelinger’s annual showcase of films and other memorabilia of old San Francisco. The Library of Congress acquired most of Prelinger’s archive a celebrated collection of “ephemeral film” — industrial, educational, amateur and other film and video

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What Researchers Are Saying About Charlie Chaplin, and a Rare Chaplin Film is Rediscovered

posted August 27, 2010

It remains shocking to many film enthusiasts that the reception of Charlie Chaplin in America does not compare with the reception of Charlie Chaplin in, say, the United Kingdom, Europe, or even Japan. Even in the 1960s, children in many other nations grew up watching the Little Tramp and Chaplin’s other alter egos. Not so, in the United States, although a schooling in other greats of the silent era – Fatty Arbuckle, or Buster Keaton, say – has been, and remains, even more lacking. Still, a slowing of Chaplin-related publications, American or not, seems highly unlikely.

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28th Pordenone Silent Film Festival

posted June 3, 2010

Among the offerings are influential French comedy and burlesque films from the 1910s, and films from generally unknown Japanese directors including Kiyohiko Ushihara who “apprenticed” under Charles Chaplin.

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Film Representations of Indigenous Peoples

posted June 1, 2010

The 2010 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images, is scheduled for Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, in the coastal town of Bucksport, Maine. This year, the symposium will explore amateur and noncommercial filmmakers’ representations of indigenous peoples and cultures. In particular,

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National Museum of the American Indian seeks interns

posted May 27, 2010

Visit our workplace for the details.

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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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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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