Preserving media assets is critical. Archiving media content not only enables assets to be remonetized, but it also empowers content creators to maximize viewer engagement and drive consumer satisfaction. Historically, the cinema industry has found media archiving challenging, with real-world instances of movie libraries on tape going up in flames, the wrong files being deleted, and critical security issues.
A new 4K restoration of David Schickele’s Bushman (1971) will make its North American debut this year, marking the first time in decades that this celebrated landmark of American independent cinema will be widely available. Overseen by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and The Film Foundation, the restoration will be distributed worldwide in all media by Milestone Films and Kino Lorber. Funding for the restoration was provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Peter Conheim, Cinema Preservation Alliance.
Four awards will be presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists at its annual meeting organization to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional work in the areas of preservation. The awards will be presented during AMIA’s online meeting December 18.
The Missing Movies board of directors has announced that the organization has received IRS tax exemption status. According to the group, that designation means that it can now apply for grants and accept tax-deductible donations directly.
Digital Film Technology has developed a prototype version of Smart Motion WetGate, developed for DFT Polar HQ and planned for release later this year. The DFT Polar HQ, which was developed specifically for film archives, scans up to a maximum of 9.3K resolution in native RGB. The scanner has a modular design which can flex and grow as user needs and technology changes over time.
The board of Prasad Corporation, a leader in film preservation, digitization, and restoration has appointed Gunter Weidlich as managing director for its company Digital Film Technology.
The 32nd edition of the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists conference is back in person and back in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2016. From December 7-9 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, more than 500 professionals and supporters will gather to discuss the most recent developments in archival technology, sustainable ways of preserving media, and the simple tools being used to save some of the most at-risk moving images around the world.
Digital Film Technology has introduced the Polar HQ film scanner, which the company says uses a new DFT Polar platform technology, that “represents a next generation film scanner specifically designed to address the unique needs of film archives.”
The Association of Moving Image Archivists is asking for proposals for sessions and workshops for its annual conference to be held December 7-9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The deadline for submissions has been extended to August 18.
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.