Archive • July 2012

What is the Artwork?

posted July 26, 2012

Archiving works of multimedia art is a challenge. Caylin Smith tells why, and describes a workshop on creating conservation models for media art with moving images.

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Indiana University Posts 197 Educational Films

posted July 16, 2012

From a woodchuck in doll clothes to a defense of the Korean War, 197 newly digitized films from the Indiana University Libraries’ educational film collection capture numerous aspects of American life from the 1940s through the 1980s. The Indiana University Libraries Film Archive has digitized 197 educational films produced by the university, and made them

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Lan P. Duong on Vietnamese Cinema Archives

posted July 16, 2012

In the Feature Articles pages, there’s a new item by Lan P. Duong, the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism, issued in April by Temple University Press, about the challenges and pleasures of doing research about the history of Vietnamese cinema.

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Treacherous Subject: Doing Archival Work in Vi?t Nam

posted July 16, 2012

In her book Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism, issued in April by Temple University Press, Lan P. Duong, an associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, takes feminist perspectives on post-Vietnam war era filmmakers Tony Bui and Tran Anh Hung; filmmaker, writer, and composer Trinh T.

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London’s Earliest Cinema Will Return

posted July 16, 2012

In a £6-million project, Westminster University is restoring and reopening the late-Victorian Royal Polytechnic theater that housed Britain's first film presentation. The Regent Street Cinema will open in 2014 with state-of-the-art projection and sound.

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Dear Moving Image Archivist: Are You a Good Archiver of Your Own Stuff?

posted July 11, 2012

At the most recent annual meeting of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, we asked several members of the profession: “Are you a good archiver of your own stuff?” Here’s what they said / admitted: http://youtu.be/dccKZaTbrCE  

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New from the BFI

posted July 2, 2012

At the BFI National Archive, a routine search for footage has uncovered an all-but-forgotten 1924 film that featured two of Britain’s most famous Olympic athletes, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, whose lives served as the basis of the Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

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Hauling Out Chariots of Fire for the Olympics

posted July 2, 2012

Seek and ye shall find. Wasn’t it an archivist, who said that? The admonition applied last week at the BFI National Archive. Officials there announced that a routine search for footage had uncovered an all-but-forgotten film Running – A Sport That Creates Both Bodily and Mental Health (1924), which features two of Britain’s most famous

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