Archive • July 2010

Searching East Asian Archives

posted July 28, 2010

East Asian cities have become showcases for some of the most lavish architecture of modern times. They may prompt Western visitors to exclaim: “Is this Asia?” But how are the cities portrayed in cinema? For the book they recently edited, Cinema at the City’s Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia (University of Washington

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Keeping an Eye on Surveillance

posted July 23, 2010

Torin Monahan explores what happens when social anxiety reigns, and surveillance seems to offer a remedy, in his latest book, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (Rutgers University Press). There, the associate professor of human & organizational development and associate professor of medicine at 
Vanderbilt University examines the interplay of insecurity, surveillance, and inequality in

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Can that Laughter

posted July 22, 2010

In its online “Daily” feed, The Paris Review has reprinted an interview with Ben Glenn II, a TV historian and expert in the history of canned laughter. It’s from Mike Sacks’ book, from last year, And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft (Writers Digest Press).

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The Surprising History of the Hindi Action Film

posted July 20, 2010

Ever wonder where the stylizations of Bollywood films come from? Turns out that song, dance, and all the fanfare were features of the very first Indian sound film, Alam Ara, from 1931. Just as compelling is to learn that its star, Master Vithal, was a descendant of a long line of Hindi action-film stars, dating

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Searching East Asian Film Archives

posted July 19, 2010

Cinema at the City’s Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia, edited by Yomi Braester and James Tweedie, appeared in April 2010 from the University of Washington Press, in cooperation with Hong Kong University Press’s TransAsia: Screen Cultures series. In the book, scholars of cinema, architecture, and urban studies from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia,

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South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association Honors

posted July 19, 2010

The South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) has appointed its founding Fellows, to honor exceptional service and achievements in audiovisual archiving in the region. Named as fellows on July 19, 2010 – with conferral scheduled for August 3, 2010 during the 14th SEAPAVAA conference and general assembly at the Bangkok Arts and Culture

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Her Life as a Night Elf Priest

posted July 17, 2010

When experts on film write books about genres of movies, they first – ideally – will watch as many examples of the genre as possible. In the books pages of Moving Image Archive News, we have a catalog of new and forthcoming books about moving images – film, tv, and much else – accompanied in

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University of Hawaii Manoa Seeks Digital Archivist

posted July 16, 2010

The University of Hawaii Manoa Innovation Center’s Academy of Creative Media, in Honolulu, is seeking a full-time, head digital archivist who will supervise the setting up of a location for the Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni Digital Archives (HKG), and take charge of the collection. The archive is dedicated to preserving the state of Hawai‘i’s moving image

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Video-Art Workshop in NY

posted July 14, 2010

FAIC and the AIC Electronic Media Group will hold a two-day workshop, “TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art,” September 1-2 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in conjunction with the exhibition, “Haunted – Contemporary Video, Photography and Performance.”  The workshop, the first in a series of four on the preservation and presentation of electronic

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Slate on the “heroic” Lost Films site

posted July 9, 2010

Slate, the online news site and magazine, today (July 9, 2010) has an item about Lost Films the “heroic wiki project” based in Germany that is trying to identify and document lost and orphaned films.

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