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J. Fred MacDonald

posted April 22, 2015

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One of the true originals of moving-image archiving, J. Fred MacDonald, has died. A longtime professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University until his retirement, he amassed one of the world’s largest personal collections of films of celebrated variety.

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The First Queen of Celebrity Gossip: Rona Barrett

posted April 1, 2015

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Reelin' in the Years, a San Diego-based footage-licensing company, dusts off Rona Barrett's Hollywood interviews; those join the archives of David Frost and the Merv Griffin Show in the company's offerings, along with the music footage that was formerly Reelin's focus. More archive additions are on the way.

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Twenty Five Recordings Named American Treasures

posted March 26, 2015

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The US Library of Congress has announced this year’s 25 additions to its National Recording Registry, bringing the number of recordings on the listing of the country's key recordings to 425. The Registry serves to remind Americans that sound recordings, like audio-visual ones, require careful preservation, and that they’re something to marvel at and cherish.

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Shirley Clarke Makes the Connection with Jason & Ornette

posted February 22, 2015

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Shirley Clarke suffered the neglect and disparagement that many great innovators do. But Milestone Films, the vaunted Brooklyn-based restoration and reissue company, has teamed up with various partners to produce restored prints — and now consumer DVDs and Blu-rays — of most of Clarke’s films.

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Collections Worth Seeing, Hidden in Plain Sight

posted January 9, 2015

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“Hidden collections” — specialized caches of many varieties — are being cataloged around the United States with grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources, a collections-support organization that has now begun a new grant cycle to enable archives to make digital replicas so the "hidden" collections can be more readily shared with researchers and the general public.

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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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In NY, Showing Orphan Indies; in the UK, Easing Access to them, Protecting Possible Holders of Copyrights, and Busting Crooks Who Breach Them

posted November 1, 2014

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Orphan films find friends in New York, while the British government seeks to help anyone who would like to make use of abandoned films without fear of being pursued for copyright breach, while it also cracks the whip on criminals who flaunt copyright law, to their own devious ends.

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Google Up, for a Free Online Symposium

posted November 1, 2014

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For insights into the core considerations and possibilities for the preservation and restoration of moving-image media, you can tune in online to a free symposium of restoration and archiving experts on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 3pm US West Coast Time (GST-7hr)

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