Historic Cricket Footage Found in a Shed

posted December 22, 2010

A family in England has discovered film from 1928-29 that is of great significance to both English and Australian histories of the game.

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San Francisco, Days Before the Great Earthquake

posted December 8, 2010

From the Better Late Than Never department: The CBS News program, 60 Minutes, aired a fascinating segment in October 2010 about historic 1906 film of San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, Market Street, just days before the street and much of city were devastated by the great earthquake of 1906 and subsequent fire. The segment was about

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The Projectionist is Dead, Almost

posted December 6, 2010

The projectionist is dead; long live the projectionist.

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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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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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Your Loss of Archival Material, in Perspective

posted July 6, 2010

Time magazine asks a question in its June 29, 2010 issue that will likely inspire archivists of all stripes: “Is King Tut’s Penis Missing?” You might like to read the article just to put into perspective your own inability to locate…oh, perhaps one reel from that set of 73 that you received from that estate

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posted June 6, 2010

Seattle-based Jon Behrens is best known as a veteran maker of experimental films, but he also has long been a film collector, and here is one diverting outcome: Batteries Not Included, his 58-minute collation of kids’ toy ads from the ’50s to the ’70s: a “real electronic missile base,” a robot commander who “takes orders

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Stark Love: A Silent Masterpiece

posted June 1, 2010

Reprinted with permission from the Fall/Winter ’09 issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. New York Times film critic Mordaunt Hall reviewed Stark Love in 1927. The Times makes you register to look at their “vintage” reviews, but it’s free.

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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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