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25 Films Added to the U.S. National Film Registry

posted December 22, 2014

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U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the annual selection of motion pictures to be added to the Library's National Film Registry. They span from 1913 to 2004, and include Hollywood classics, documentaries, silent movies, student films, and independent and experimental films. They are dramas, comedies, westerns, animated films, and in the case of the 1953 House of Wax, the first full-length 3-D color film produced and released by a major American film studio.

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Two Great Collections of Jazz on Film Become One

posted December 21, 2014

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Two of the most impressive collections of films of jazz and other American popular music have combined: Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive and the storied Chertok Jazz on Film Collection. It's the jazz-film equivalent of the Basie and Ellington bands joining forces.

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African American Home Movies: Are They Out There? Can You Help Locate Them?

posted December 2, 2014

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Jasmyn R. Castro, a moving-image archivist in training, is testing the notion that African American home movies are rare because they have rarely been made.

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Time to Start Fixing India’s Tattered Film Heritage

posted November 18, 2014

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India’s cinematic heritage is vast, varied, and in dire need of better care — some film makers and supporters are taking the first steps to remedying a huge problem. They have drawn support and assistance from some of the world's most capable archivists to offer a crash course in best practices.

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A Funny Thing About Home Movies…

posted October 17, 2014

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Saturday 18 October 2014 is Home Movie Day. Events will take place in many cities in many countries around the world. Free for anyone to take part in, the events provide opportunities to see and share home movies with community audiences. Moving-image archivists and other enthusiasts organize the events, and provide information about how to care for home movies.

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At the Fair with Bob Hope; on the Hustings with Robert W. Scott

posted September 21, 2014

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Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, State Archives of North Carolina will ensure the longevity of films of two far-away phenomena, drawn from a collection that Century Film Productions, a Raleigh-based company, donated to the Archives in 1986.

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