October: Film Archives and Special Collections Month

Archiving Photo
photo credit: IU Archives

Indiana University Libraries is presenting "Reel Images: Film in Teaching and Research (a month-long celebration of archives and special collections)" during October. All events are free and open to the public. Julie Dash, the filmmaker of the movie The Rosa Parks Story will give the keynote address on October 3. Speakers from the Library of Congress will present in the Slocum Room of the Lilly Library (October 24 and 30). SLIS is a co-sponsor of the events, as is the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter.

Archives and Special Collections Month, Bloomington, Indiana, October 2006

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Celluloid Sensations: IU's Film Shorts
Panel Discussion, Saturday, September 15, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana Memorial Union, Dogwood Room

Mary Huelsbeck, Black Film Center/Archives
Rachael Stoeltje, Lilly Library
Liana Zhou, Kinsey Institute
Moderator: Michael Martin, Black Film Center/Archives

Designed to complement Film Indiana, a three-day conference showcasing IU's film and cinema-related holdings, this panel will explore some of the rich collections on the Bloomington campus. Among them: the David Bradley Film Collection, the Instructional Support Services collection (established prior to WWII), and the impressive holdings of the Black Film Center/Archives and the world-famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Learn more about Film Indiana:

My Narrative: Experiences of a Filmmaker
Keynote Address by Julie Dash, filmmaker, Wednesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall and Bridgewater Lounge

Celebrated filmmaker Julie Dash visits campus to meet with communication and film students and to discuss the influences of her career, work, and life. An accomplished writer and director, Dash is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Daughters of the Dust, a Sundance Film Festival winner in 1991 and the first full-length film by an African-American woman. In 2004, the film was placed in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress to be honored and preserved as a national treasure. Introduced by Audrey McCluskey, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

The Rosa Parks Story
Public Screening, Thursday, October 4, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Kirkwood Avenue, 7:00 p.m.

Rosa Parks will forever be remembered as the civil rights heroine who challenged racial segregation in the 1950s. The Rosa Parks Story, directed by Dash in 2002 and starring Angela Bassett, paints an intimate portrait of the woman herself. "Her act of courage changed the world," the film's tagline says about Parks. "But how it changed her life has never been told... until now."

Focus on Film
Panel Discussion, Tuesday, October 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wells Library E174
Natasha Vaubel, graduate student, Department of Comparative Literature
Mark Hain, graduate student, Department of Communication and Culture
Greg Waller, professor, Department of Communication and Culture

From their perspectives as faculty and students, panelists will discuss how films influence teaching and research. Instructors know that film can convey information in ways that are entertaining, immediate, and engaging. What do films convey that other media cannot? Why does it matter? Introduced by: Monique Threatt, IUB Libraries

Honoring Herman B Wells
University Ceremony, Friday, October 19, 2:30 p.m., Wells Library Lobby

To coincide with the inauguration of IU President Michael McRobbie, IU will dedicate the bust of former IU president and chancellor Herman B Wells. A film, produced by WTIU to celebrate Wells' 90th birthday in 1992, will complement a brief ceremony at the Wells Library hosted by the Trustees of Indiana University, President McRobbie, and the IUB Libraries. An exhibition featuring Wells will be on display in the library lobby.

Making Bart Simpson Immortal: Moving Image Preservation at the Library of Congress
Presentation, Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library
Mike Mashon, Head of the Moving Image Division, Library of Congress

As one of country's foremost film experts, Mashon will discuss film preservation, archiving, and the new National Audiovisual Center opened this year by the Library of Congress. Before joining the Library of Congress in 1998, Mashon was Curator of the Library of American Broadcasting in College Park, MD. As Curator of the Moving Image Division, Mashon is responsible for acquisitions, establishing preservation priorities, external loans, and coordinating programs in the Mary Pickford Theater.

Why Archiving Matters
Discussion, Tuesday, October 30 , 4:30 p.m., Slocum Room, Lilly Library

David Francis is a renowned and widely respected expert on moving-images archives. A champion of audio-visual conservation for more than four decades, he has served as curator of the British Film Institute National Film and Sound Archive and chief of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Francis was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to film archiving.

Posted September 25, 2007

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