Kine Weekly: Gothic, World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Essanay Studios etc.


October draws to a close soon. Halloween seems to inspire archive film fans, probably because there are significant crossovers between film historians and fans of cult horror. Lots of folks in my various social media streams have been getting excited about the BFI’s Gothic season that has just started. Of course, ‘gothic’ is not synonymous with ‘horror’, and I think by and large the programming for this season reflects the different understandings of the gothic genre. Nevertheless the timing of the season is apt.

That and other archive moving image news from across the web:

The Guardian > ‘The BFI’s Gothic season is about more than just nostalgia – in an era of profound insecurity, horror seems urgent again’ >> A nice piece of commentary by Roger Luckhurst on the shifting reception of previously subcultural and feared gothic films and the relevance of gothic films to contemporary viewers.

The BFI > 10 great silent horror films >> In celebration of the DVD release of the restored Nosferatu, Pam Hutchinson lists other silent horror classics.

IASA > World Day for Audiovisual Heritage >> Sunday is the UNESCO 2013 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. The official webpage includes a list of all events happening worldwide.

The History Company > Polish women soldiers in Gullane >> Chris Holme speaks about ‘electric jolt of surprise’ that occurs when you find a hidden gem in the archive.

National Media Museum blog > ‘The first television in Bradford’ >> Iain Logie Baird (not a coincidence, grandson of John Logie Baird) reveals the history of the first BBC television broadcast outside of London.

Variety > ‘Dave Kehr Named MoMA Adjunct Curator for Film’ >> Not many people know that the Museum of Modern Art in NYC was one of the founding institutions of International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in the 1930s, that recognised the need for archiving films. Dave Kehr seems like a good choice to join the cause.

In Media Res > Everyday Archives [October 21 – October 25] >> All this week, In Media Res has been posting blogs on the theme of archives. I particularly like Zack Lischer-Katz’s piece about the National Audio Visual Conservation Centre (NAVCC) of the Library of Congress.

No Film School > ‘New Resource Gives an Exhaustive History of Female Filmmakers During the Birth of Film’ >> That resource is the Women Film Pioneers Project.

Indiegogo > Save and Restore the Essanay Studios >> Go on!

Kine Weekly: Home Movie Day, Mary Pickford, To Save and Project etc.


Home Movie Day > Home Movie Day 2013 >> Tomorrow is Home Movie Day: ‘a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide.’ Find your nearest HMD event here.

The Cinema Museum > Home Movie Day 2013 >> If you bring 16mm, 8mm or Super-8 film to the Cinema Museum you can have a free examination by a trained archivist and exhibited. As this year coincides with the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the museum will be showing a selection of the composer’s own home movies sourced from the BFI National Archive and the Britten-Pears Foundation. (via Lisa Kerrigan)

Archives Next > ‘A challenge: Can you find stories related to one day, December 28, 1986?’ >> Just what it says on the tin; prompted by a piece in the Washington Post, Archives Next appeals to archivists to help Gene Weingarten in his reconstruction of an ordinary day. However, the blog post highlights the inherent difficulties of archival research, and questions the idea that an ‘average day’ can be reconstructed after the fact.

The Nitrate Diva > ‘Lost and Found: Reflections on an Evening with Mary Pickford’ >> It’s just lovely to read someone else getting all excited about rediscovered films, and I am envious that I wasn’t there to see The First Misunderstanding. > ‘Restoring Mary Pickford’s Lost Film’ >> And here’s a blog post detailing the discovery, restoration and history of Their First Misunderstanding.

Jeff Rapsis > ‘Some thoughts on creating new music for a newly discovered Mary Pickford film’ >> Jeff Rapsis discusses the process of accompanying a silent film on-the-fly that he’s never seen before. (via The Nitrate Diva, above)

The National Archives > ‘October 1973 – the end of the Sixties?’ >> A timely blog post for me, as I try to grapple with the question of how to define the period of television I’m writing about.

LA Times > ‘Short film meant to accompany Empire Strikes Back makes a comeback >> Another rediscovery is restored and exhibited. Hurrah.

MoMA > ‘To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation’ >> From now until the 12th November New Yorkers have the chance to see a whole heap of film rarities and restoration, all presented in glorious celluloid. There’s also a nice round-up over at Movie Morlocks.

Northwest Chicago Film Society > ‘Cinema & Shutdown: What the Library of Congress Teaches Us About Public Life’ >> Best wishes to all those across the pond who have and continue to be affected by the government shutdown. Kyle Westphal’s piece is a thoughtful and much needed reminder that it is in the public’s interest to sustain film preservation and heritage.

Kine Bi-Weekly: Hillsborough, Lee and Turner, Fujifilm etc.

There has a been a metric ton of movie archiving news in the past few days – check it out…

BBC News > Hillsborough Papers: Key Excerpts >> The staggering revelations from the release of the Hillsborough documents are a testament to the need for – and devastating power of – archival evidence. Would we have known how these documents were doctored if the business had been done on computer?

WSAV TV > Georgia Closes State Archives >> Obviously Georgia didn’t get the memo re: the importance of accessing archival documents. Via AMIA Newsbriefs.

BFI > World’s Earliest Colour Moving Images on View >> Amazing restoration of what is probably the earliest footage photographed in colour. See it on display at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Fujifilm Global > Announcement on Motion Picture Film Business of Fujifilm >> Fuji has ‘decided to discontinue the sales of negative films, positive films, and some other products of motion picture in a prospect of March 2013.’

Moving Image Archive News > New Award to Honor a Valued Archivist >> AMIA announces a new award for project-archivists improving film archiving practice, named in honour of Alan J. Stark. Nominate your archivists here.

Indiewire > A Silent Star Goes Digital >> Leonard Maltin discusses the new web resource from the Mary Pickford Foundation, including ‘interesting articles, rare film clips, and more.’

Crowdrise > Motion Picture Poster Restoration >> Help George Eastman House restore a fabulous original one-sheet for Are Parents People (1925). The fundraiser has already secured the restoration of a poster for The Silent Witness (1917)!

Indiegogo > Save the Brit Archivist! >> An enterprising young AV librarian from the UK needs help to fund her work cataloguing 16mm for Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum. As a fellow Brit-film-archive-intern-US-visa-survivor, you have my support, Gem!

LA Times > Academy Offers Tours ‘Inside the Vaults’ of the Pickford Center >> Holla to my UEA and IPI co-graduate, Tessa, currently rocking film archiving at the friggin’ Academy!

Self-Styled Siren > Anecdote of the Week: “The Girl in the Black Tights” >> Me and the Siren are both massive Mabel Normand fangirls. One day I will disagree with her!

Ferdy on Films > Duck Amuck (1953) >> ‘The 1950s were the heyday of the Organization Man, with Daffy perfectly channeling the conformist worker in companies that often operated on the whims of their founders or charismatic leaders.’ Amen, Ferdy.

Spaces of Television > A new blog chocablock with findings and editorials from the talented research team behind the AHRC’s Space of Television project.

Eventbrite > Living British Cinema presents the Film Finances Archive >> ‘On Friday 12 October, the Living British Cinema forum will host at Queen Mary, University of London an afternoon that will introduce this important and, to date, private collection to film writers, archivists and scholars. It will be an opportunity to sample a treasure-trove of primary material relating to the post-war British cinema, to learn about one of the film industry’s most significant although little-known companies, and to contribute to a debate on the future of this extraordinary new resource.’ <– FREE ENTRY!

Kine Bi-Weekly: Film Festivals, Symposia, New Books etc.

Every fortnight Kine Artefacts lists the latest news, views and curiosities from the world of moving image archiving.

Film Society Lincoln Center > Festivals: Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna >> Where you in Bologna for this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato? Sounds like it was a scorcher, in terms of both the line-up and the weather!

Cineteca del Friuli > 31st Pordenone Silent Film Festival >> Speaking of festivals, this week Le Giornate del Cinema Muto posted some exciting additions to the fest in Pordenone this Oct.

Moving Image Archive News > Hauling Out Chariots of Fire for the Olympics >> If you only learn one thing about archive film, dear reader, it is that the vast majority of rediscoveries are found in the vaults of a pre-existing archive. The BFI has found some seminal sporting footage of Olympic athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, just in time for London 2012!

Digital Journal > Cinetech Selected to Receive 2012 Anthology Film Preservation Award for Excellence in Motion Picture Restoration and Preservation >> Congratulations to Cinetech, justly recognised by Anthology Film Archives for over 20 years of restoration work.

Library of Congress > Every Format on the Face of the Planet >> Fun and thought-provoking piece on the challenges of preserving the hundreds of digital file formats available out there.

AV Preserve > How Necessary Is Rehousing Archival Audio & Video? >> I’m doing a lot of research into magnetic materials at the moment, and this question has crossed my mind often of late.

Presto Centre > All about preservation from broadcast engineers >> ‘The latest edition of Broadcast Engineering, from June, is dedicated to TV and film production archives, offering several articles that are of particular interest to professionals who work within this domain.’

AMIA @ NYU > Archiving the Arts >> The deadline for paper submissions to the Archiving the Arts symposium has been extended until Friday.

Just for fun >> Classic Movies has a compilation of classic screen tests, and Kim Lindbergs lists Summer reads for fans of 1960s and 70s cinema over at Movie Morlocks.

More reading >> Two new archiving books have been released: Janna Jones’ The Past is a Moving Picture, and Joshua Yumibe’s Moving Color. The latter is finding its way to Kine Artefacts as I type.

And lastly, rest in peace film preservationist Nancy Mysel, who achieved so much for someone who died far too young.

Kine Bi-Weekly

Every fortnight Kine Artefacts lists the latest news, views and curiosities from the world of moving image archiving.

The New York Times > Andrew Sarris, Village Voice Film Critic, Dies at 83 >> An auteur of auteurism sadly passes. Also, here’s a compilation of all Sarris’ Top Ten lists, from 1958 to 2006.

Cinema Styles > Pop Culture’s Smell of Mendacity >> A fun rundown of the cliches, inaccuracies and downright lies lazy cultural critics perpetuate. This was just the sort of journalism that folks like Sarris tried to avoid.

British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) > BFFS Film Society of the Year Awards 2012 >> Do you know of a top notch British film society or community cinema? Vote for them, and keep local exhibition alive!

BBC Research & Development Blog > Opening Up the Archives: Part 1 of a 6 part film about R&D and Archive Research >> The BBC Archive opens its doors in this ongoing documentary series: here’s Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3 and Pt 4.

The Bioscope > So, how has the digital revolution been for you? >> Luke McKernan posts his opinion on incorporating digital technology in the field of early cinema research.

Moving Image Archive News > National Film Preservation Foundation Helps to Save Films by Tod Browning, John Cage, and Many Others >> The National Film Preservation Foundation announces its latest set of grant recipients.

The Hollywood Reporter > Venice Film Festival to Screen 10 Rare Films From Archive in Special Retrospective >> ‘The festival will restore the copies from its Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts of the Biennale for the screenings on the Lido. Afterwards, the copies will be made available for cultural events and commercial re-release.’

Kine Bi-Weekly: Animation, Doctor Who, 3-D and…

Every fortnight Kine Artefacts lists the latest news, views and curiosities from the world of moving image archiving.

The Cinementals > Winsor McCay, Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur >> Gertie was my first introduction to ‘film-as-artefact’, via an 8mm print in the University of York library.

Cartoons on Film > The Bray Animation Project, One Year On >> More early animation! Tom Stathes reports on the success of the Bray Animation Project, one year from its launch.

Wiped > Lost Doctor Who footage and musical performances by the Spencer Davis Group unearthed >> Doctor Who rediscoveries are always popular, and I personally ship Peter Cushing as the Doctor.

3-D Film Archive > New resource! The 3-D Film Archive launches a new website.

Library of Congress > The Mysterious Disappearance of the First Library of Congress >> Fascinating piece of archiving meta-history.

Observations on Film Art > Bette Davis eyelids >> David Bordwell is surely the best movie bean-plater in the business. Now I can’t stop analysing eyes in classic movies  (Garland was also a master of the glance).

Kine Bi-Weekly

This weekend I’m away at Bradford International Film Festival’s Widescreen Weekend, so here are just a few links queued up on Google Reader for my return.

Society of American Archivists > Preservation Week 2012 >> Gah! I’m a terrible film-archivist-blogger, for I haven’t even MENTIONED that it is Preservation Week over the pond! Apologies, though ’twas not my fault! I was in fact in Belfast securing my visa to travel to the States this summer to work at a friggin’ preservation research instituteoh the irony!

Flickr > Cinemas >> Beautiful and ghostly photographs by Adam Slater of Britain’s abandoned cinema and theatre auditoriums.

New York Public Library > John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive >> ‘The Living Archive is an online record of John Cage’s work and its evolving impact on music and performance. Browse the full archive of work below […], contribute your own video showing how you interpret Cage’s music.’

Barbara Flueckiger > Timeline of Historical Film Colour >> Fabulous, comprehensive new resource for film colour nerds; my favourites are Kodacolor and Dufaycolor, what’s yours?!

indiegogo > Database for Historical Color Processes >> Crowdsourced funding campaign for Barbara Flueckiger’s resource, above: ‘More than ever we need access to solid knowledge about historical film color processes in order to save our beautiful filmic heritage.’

The Washington Post > Library of Congress’s collection preserves history of American culture >> Ever wondered what goes on at the LoC outlet in Culpepper?

Ferdy on Films > Countdown to Blast-Off: Sign Up to Blog for Film Preservation >> Sign-up here to take part in the Hitchcocky For the Love of Film (Preservation) blogathon!

BBC Press Office > Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 1960s and 1970s >> ‘In partnership, the BBC, JISC and the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), today announce the launch of Chronicle, a project to make BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 1960s and 1970s available to the academic community online.’ Good stuff!

The Bioscope > Broken Dreams >> Luke McKernan is as eloquent as ever, discussing the peculiar joy of researching film in old periodicals (in particular, the London Gazette)

Phew, that’s a lot of news. Hope you are all having fun this weekend, celebrating Preservation Week…

Kine Bi-Weekly: Napoleon special!

So, just a quick round-up of links this week, in honour of the screenings of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927), restored by Kevin Brownlow and co. and scored by Carl Davis, playing in Oakland, CA this weekend as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Turner Classic Movies > Trailer for the Napoléon restoration

Oscars on Youtube > Historian Kevin Brownlow’s brilliant speech on receiving an honorary Oscar in 2010

Silent London > How to beat the Napoléon blues

The Cine-Tourist > Some maps in Gance’s Napoléon, for silent-cinema-cartography nerds!

Do have fun if you’re lucky enough to be in the audience!

Kine Bi-Weekly

Here’s what’s caught my attention recently from the world of moving image archiving.

The National Archives > Charles Spencer Chaplin’s Secret Service files > MI5 investigated Charlie Chaplin at the behest of the FBI. You can download the entire thing from the National Archives this month for zero pounds only!

Eastman House > The Georges > Forget the Oscars! The Eastman House blog tells the history of the George Eastman Award.

Observations on Film Art > Pit and Pixels > ‘It seems likely that digital projection has, in unintended and unexpected ways, put the history of film in jeopardy.’ David Bordwell continues his fantastic and thought-provoking series, Pandora’s Digital Box. > Archive of the Digital Lost > ‘This archive is concerned with the emotional implications of: digital immateriality, atrophy, and error; deleted and overrriden digital assets; technological ignorance; and obscure and irrelevant digital detritus.’

Slate > Jim Henson’s 1963 Short about a Contemptuous Robot > What it says on the tin. (Related: those bleak Wilkins Coffee commercials)

The Film Archive > Gulliver’s Travels > Looking for something historical to watch? Here’s the world’s second ever feature-length cel-animated film, made by the Fleischers and released in 1939.