TV News Junkies, Rejoice

posted May 23, 2013

The Internet Archive, the huge array of public, online, digital libraries, is to post hundreds of thousands of U.S. television news programs, aided by a $1-million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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New Books on Moving Image Archiving, and Moving Images

posted May 22, 2013

Our book pages are constantly updated. We provide summaries of books, based on our own reading and also publisher's blurbs. And, we ask authors of books that likely involved searching for material in archives, and invite them to comment on their search experiences, and the state of archives relating to their work.

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Scorsese Uses Jefferson Lecture to Plead for Archiving

posted April 17, 2013

When it comes to saving the world's cinema legacy, an apocalypse is near, Martin Scorsese argues in his 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

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Rediscovering Films, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese

posted April 2, 2013

“A barn. A warehouse. A closet at a mental institution. These locations have something in common: They all contained films or parts of films that were missing and presumed lost forever.” In the March/April issue of Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Marilyn Ferdinand, who blogs at Ferdy on Films (

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Martin Scorsese Delivers Jefferson Lecture – Today

posted March 31, 2013

Today, Monday April 1 2013, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese delivers this year’s National Endowment for the Humanities 2013 Jefferson Lecture. And the event will be streamed live and free of charge at 7:30pm, US East Coast time. Viewers can also join the conversation about film and the humanities via Twitter at #JeffLec2013. The Jefferson Lecture

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Want to Preserve and Restore Film and Other Moving Images?

posted March 27, 2013

Ever wanted to restore, preserve, or archive film and television programs, or work in some other area of preserving and restoring artifacts in all the moving-image categories including some that are being created right now? The United States has three master’s level programs in moving image archiving, while one other is at the University of

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National Film Registry Additions for 2012 Announced

posted December 19, 2012

The Library of Congress today named 25 motion pictures that have been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Among them is Sons of the Desert (1933), a riotous comedy that starred Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, along with comedian Charley Chase. Veteran director William A. Seiter for Hal

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New Books, and Lots of Them

posted November 26, 2012

You'll find descriptions of plenty of new and recent books relating to moving-image archiving on our books pages. You can also read about how authors went about the archival tasks needed to complete some of them.

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Calls for Proposals: Bastard Films & Comparative Literature

posted October 30, 2012

Going beyond the concept of the "orphan film" – films orphaned by their creators or caretakers – the Bastard Film Encounter will focus on films that are bastards: ill-conceived or received; embarrassing or beyond the bounds of acceptability; poor in conception or execution; undesirable to those who should be caring for them; and proof of something that should have never happened.

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NFPF Preservation Grantee: George Eastman House

posted October 10, 2012

The George Eastman House has won a 2012 Basic Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore and publicly present Hollywouldn’t, a 1925 film by Lou Carter. The short film, originally released by Trem Carr Productions, is a free-wheeling satire on the Hollywood industry at the height of the silent era, the Eastman

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