posted July 8, 2011
Paul Rotha was a leading documentarian of the 1930s who subsequently slid from public view. Some film historians are assessing his legacy.
posted June 14, 2011
The annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, in Bucksport, Maine (July 28-30 2011) is on the theme of Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities. Presenters will bring together a collections of amateur films, a sort of cinematic Wunderkammer, or wonder-room. Plus, MIAN reflects on the history of that curious form of display of collections,
posted June 2, 2011
If you’re in New York or San Francisco, and still haven’t seen John Ford’s Upstream, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen it on Monday, June 20, at the Academy Theater in New York, while the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will show it on Thursday, July 14, at the Castro Theatre
posted May 31, 2011
In Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 (University Press of Mississippi), Timothy S. Susanin relates the great animator and filmmaker’s life before 1928, when he released Steamboat Willie, the film that secured his reputation and was the first Disney Studio cartoon with synchronized sound, and with Mickey Mouse. On MIAN, he answers some questions
posted May 28, 2011
New in New Books, descriptions about new books about American remakes of British television, the role of architecture in 18th and 19th fiction and how filmmakers have picked up on that motif, how the extra-features DVD has changed the study of film, and new Austrian, Argentinian, and Brazilian film.
posted May 3, 2011
On our New Books page this week, you can read about how a variety of authors went about finding films and other archival material for their projects – Neil McCaw on adapting detective fiction to film; Jonathan Owen on how to find Czech film, avant-garde, new wave, and other; Miryam Sas on the challenges of
posted April 29, 2011
New jobs now on our job pages include Media Taxonomist at a Manhattan media company, Audiovisual Archivist at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Cal.,; Programmer/Systems Analyst at the Historic New Orleans Collection; Video Archiving and Metadata Specialist at HBO; and Film and Digital Media Archivist at Oddball Film+Video in San Francisco.
posted April 29, 2011
May 1 is the deadline for the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ 2011 Scholarship, Fellowship, and Internship Program. Four scholarships are on offer: the Mary Pickford Scholarship, the Sony Pictures Scholarship, the Universal Studios Preservation Scholarship, and The Rick Chace Foundation Scholarship. In addition, this year awards will be made of the Kodak Fellowship in
posted April 27, 2011
UCLA Film & Television Archive, New York University’s Orphan Film Symposium, and Los Angeles Filmforum present “Celebrating Orphan Films” on May 13 and May 14 2011 in Los Angeles, at the Billy Wilder Theater. The event including screenings of and discussions about 40 seldom-seen films. The presentations are part of the Orphan Film Project, an
posted April 26, 2011
What would a universal library look like, and how might it be achieved? The Princeton-based Australian ethicist Peter Singer muses.