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.
CreativeCOW.net > ‘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.