April 24, 2014

A New Collection of Digitized Historical Films from the National Library of Medicine

From the NLM News Release: The National Library of Medicine has produced a new digital collection, Tropical Disease Motion Pictures. The collection comprises 46 titles from the Library’s collections that illustrate the battle against tropical disease. The materials range from research documentaries, interviews with noted scientists, and public health education campaigns, to films shot on […]

Internet Archive Launches All-HD Collection of 35mm Stock Footage (Free)

via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing: Rick Prelinger sez: I’m delighted to let everyone know about our newest Internet Archive collection which, for want of a cooler title, we’re calling 35mm Stock Footage. Digitized from 35mm original negatives and release prints dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, these unedited sequences were shot […]

Pop Culture: ProQuest Will Release Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive in 2012

From ProQuest: For the first time, researchers will be able to explore every edition, cover-to-cover of nearly 30 major entertainment trade and consumer magazines in a single online search. The Archive’s 2.5 million full-color pages will be accessible in the ProQuest research environment, enabling it to be easily searched, managed, shared and used to create […]

UK: A New Library For the British Film Institute?

From the British Film Institute (BFI) Web Site: The BFI is facing huge and exciting changes across all areas of its business since it became the lead body for film in April this year. As part of this new chapter for the BFI, we are exploring ways to modernise and expand the offering of the […]

"Our Cinematic History Is at Stake: Film Archives and Apocalypse in 0's and 1's"

From a Huffington Post Column By Vivian Norris: The Cinemateque de France in Paris held an important conference recently, with scholars, archivists, digital experts, filmmakers and film historians from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library in France and numerous other institutions. Over a period of two days, the speakers and […]

Today Is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011

From UNESCO: The theme for this year’s celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011 is “Audiovisual Heritage: See, Hear, and Learn.” [Clip] UNESCO has adopted 27 October as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage to better focus global attention on the issues at stake, in cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives […]

Film & Television: 'Peyton Place' Finds a Home at the USC Libraries

From the Announcement: The USC Libraries recently acquired the personal archives of television writer, director, and producer Walter Doniger. Doniger is the creator of Peyton Place, a long-running late-night soap opera that aired on ABC from 1964 to 1969. His archives, recently featured in an article by Dan Knapp on the USC News website, document […]

UK: BFI's New £12m Film Storage Facility to Preserve Britain's Reel History

From The Guardian: The store has been built on a nuclear bunker site deep in the Warwickshire countryside and will be capable of holding more than 450,000 cans of the nation’s film – everything from Hitchcock to Ealing to Carry On. Robin Baker, head curator of the BFI national archive, said it was an important […]

Reference: Film: British Film Institute Statistical Yearbook 2011 Released and Available Online

Now available online. Free. Read Online Download Full Text (PDF) Highlights: 62% of the UK population said they went to the cinema at least once a year, up from 60% in 2009 Women made up 12% (17% in 2009) of the screenwriters of UK films released in the UK in 2010 and 13% (17% in […]

U.S. History: "Rare Footage Unearthed Online"

Leonard Maltin discusses several finds available from the National Archives (incl. Universal Newsreel content) and are accessible online via CriticalPast.com (view online, free)*. One of the great film collections that has yet to be fully explored belongs to the citizens of the United States. The National Archives in Washington houses an enormous quantity of footage […]