November 24, 2014

British Council Releases New Online Archive Containing 120 Digitized Historical Films

From a British Council Announcement: Over 120 films providing fascinating snapshots of the UK’s cultural, sporting, industrial and political heritage have been launched online to the public thanks to funding from Google and the British Council. The films are from the British Council’s own film archive which dates back to late 1939 – and give […]

National Archives (NARA) Debuts its First Digitally Restored Film, View Online

From a NARA Announcement: The National Archives and Records Administration premiered the newly-restored 1949 film Navy recruitment film, The Sailor and the Seagull, last week in Beijing before a crowd of 300 at the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Conference. This debut marked the National Archives’ first ever digital cinema theatrical release, and the […]

Construction of New UCLA Film & Television Archive Facility Underway

From The Santa Clarita Valley-Signal: The two gigantic construction cranes visible from Interstate 5 and the McBean Parkway off ramp are building a storage facility to house the University of California, Los Angeles film and television archive. “We are the second largest moving-image archive in the United States,” said Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA […]

Theater/Film History: Library of Congress Acquires Lee Strasberg Collection

From LC: The Library of Congress has acquired the initial portion of the personal papers of the American director, producer, actor and acting teacher Lee Strasberg (1901-1982), internationally known for his development of method acting in the Stanislavsky tradition, which deeply influenced performance in American theater and film. The collection has come to the Library […]

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 […]

Fast Facts: 2012 Academy Awards Fact Sheets

Direct from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. 84th Academy Awards Fact Sheet (4 pages; PDF) Examples of What You’ll Find: Number of countries submitting foreign language films 63 Number of voting members 5,783 Number of Oscar statuettes created for 84th Academy Awards 50 Number of Oscar statuettes given out at the 83rd […]

Library of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry

From the Official LC Announcement: Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney’s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend,” […]

Lost Film Found By University of Delaware Librarians Screened at New York Film Festival

From UDaily  (University of Delaware): A newly restored copy of the only surviving print of You Are Not I, a 1981 film directed by filmmaker and producer Sara Driver, was shown Oct. 6 in the Masterworks section at the 2011 New York Film Festival. The lost film was found by University of Delaware librarians in […]

"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 […]

Preservation: "IMAGO President: Cost of Digitizing Europe's Film Heritage Could Cost 2 Billion Euros"

From The Hollywood Reporter: “Unless there is serious money invested in the digitization of the European film heritage, a lack of action in eight years time will result in the disappearance of newly produced films,” warned director of photography Nigel Walters, who is president of International Cinematographers Federation IMAGO. “If we do not digitize the […]