I’m afraid that this week my fellow NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation students and I are currently in the middle of the annual conference for the Association of Moving Image Archivists, held this year in Savannah, Georgia – leaving me with precious little time to think up a FYC topic, much less actually write up some selections. So I’m just going to shake things up a little, and instead of recommending three films for your viewing pleasure, I’m going to politely suggest you check out three websites from organizations and individuals that are doing absolutely essential work in the field of film and video preservation. It was just last week that we were raving about a 100-year silent film discovery, guys – that stuff doesn’t really come out of nowhere. It comes back because there’s a large group of fiercely dedicated and passionate people making sure the world’s audiovisual heritage isn’t lost. Take the time and check out some of what we’re up to.
Thus endeth the PSA for today.
Fugazi Live Series
One of America’s most influential post-hardcore rock bands, Fugazi (or at least frontman Ian MacKaye) turns out to have also been one of the most thorough amateur archivists ever. MacKaye and company have now digitized recordings of almost 800 of the band’s 1000+ shows from 1987 to the present, along with accompanying venue details, photos, personal reminiscences and ephemera for each event. An incredible record of the underground punk scene.
Archives New Zealand
New Zealand’s state archive has one of the world’s most comprehensive and respectful deposit policies (particularly when it comes to maintaining the heritage of native peoples), they recently rediscovered a whole mess of lost Hollywood films, and they’re so badass that when the local film lab they used for processing and development went out of business, they just bought the freaking lab. They’re cool people, is what I’m saying.
The Internet Archive
You didn’t think your middle school Livejournal was really gone, did you? Sorry, it’s on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine for all to see. Plug in a URL to take a trip through Internet history, or browse the Archive’s rabbit hole of public domain video and print materials.