Each year the Librarian of Congress chooses a select group of films to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Registry champions American films and this year the seminal documentary, The Wobblies (1979), which was awarded a New York Women in Film and Television Women’s Film Preservation Fund grant in 2003, has been honored with inclusion to the list. The Wobblies (1979) by Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird is in outstanding company with others named to the Registry such as Sylvia Morales’ Chicana, Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman and Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Pena.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the annual selection of the 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary, animated features, comedy and music, and films that took on racially motivated violence against people of color decades ago.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the latest appointments to the 44-member National Film Preservation Board. The board advises Hayden on annual selections to the National Film Registry as well as national film preservation policy.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists is premiering its second edition of the Archival Screening Night Roadshow in cinemas around the country this November 18. A veritable treasure from the world's archives and archivists, the ASN Roadshow features 20 astonishing short films and videos in 103 minutes.
MTI Film has released DRS Nova v5, the latest version of its digital restoration software. The company says V5 has new features to perform common restoration tasks more easily and manage projects more efficiently, especially those delivering in 4K high dynamic range. MTI Film also introduced Shine, a utility for DRS Nova that automates the filtering of dirt and fleeting scratches, reducing the time to make those repairs by as much as 70 percent.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television is nominating two WFPF-preserved films – The Wobblies and Betty Tells Her Story – for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television call for submissions for its film preservation grants for the 2020 cycle is still open but time is running out. The extended deadline is May 1.
Can movies and TV shows be successfully archived on DNA? That question has been raised by an ad hoc working group of the international JPEG Committee. While that and many other questions remain unanswered, one thing is known: researchers recently stored an episode of the German Netflix TV series Biohackers on DNA.
There will be a virtual ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 27, highlighting the donation of the historic Michelson Cinema Research Library to the Internet Archive. At that time Lillian Michelson, 92, will unveil the first phase of her new digital collection. The Internet Archive’s founder and digital librarian, Brewster Kahle will also participate.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists conference committee is asking for proposal submissions for sessions, posters, and workshops for the AMIA Spring 2021 online conference, which is scheduled for April 13-16.