Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"A Wealth of Information" -- review in The Moving Image

Thank you to Snowden Becker for a detailed and thoughtful review of Archival Storytelling in the Spring 2010 issue of The Moving Image (pp . 155-157), available this month.

An excerpt: "Archival Storytelling effectively conveys what experienced footage researchers and film producers feel everyone working in their field should know about working with archival media. Archivists who work with those same footage researchers and film producers can get from the book a better sense of what expectations, assumptions, and needs storytellers bring with them to the archive. Finally, and perhaps most important, it illustrates how broadly (and sometimes contradictorily) archives are defined by an influential community of users."

Friday, November 12, 2010

New finds in the Warner Music archives

"Scratching Under the Vinyl Era," by Tim Arango (11/8/2010, The New York Times), chronicles "an ambitious project to recover the company's story--and a good chunk of American cultural history as well--by excavating the content of nearly 100,000 boxes from warehouses around the globe, whose accumulated photographs and other memorabilia track popular music from the Edwardian and Victorian ages to disco and jazz, from Beethoven to Miles Davis." Read the article.

Friday, August 20, 2010

"A Film Unfinished" discussed

An excellent reminder that archival footage can be deceptive: On NPR and in today's Los Angeles Times, film critic Kenneth Turan discusses A Film Unfinished, a documentary about Nazi propaganda footage, including staged material, that was filmed in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. The documentary was directed by Yael Hersonski, an Israeli filmmaker interviewed by Micah Sachs of Indiewire earlier this month.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Smithsonian: 9 Archives That Will Spill New Secrets

See Mark Strauss's August 2010 article at Smithsonian.com -- "Nine Historical Archives That Will Spill New Secrets: Declassified records and journals to be released in coming decades will shed new light on pivotal 20th-century figures and events."


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stanley Nelson's "Freedom Riders" in DocuWeeks, July 30-Aug 19

Director Stanley Nelson's Freedom Riders is among the films (full length and short) to be shown during the International Documentary Association's 14th annual DocuWeeks(TM) -- in New York July 30-August 5, 2010 and in Los Angeles August 6-12, 2010. Click here for details and a schedule. (More information on the film can be found at the filmmaker's website.)

One of the filmmakers featured in Archival Storytelling, Stanley Nelson's films include Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till. To learn more about Freedom Riders, read the interview with him at Documentary.org. (And if you're not already a member of the International Documentary Association, please consider joining!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Doc Filmmakers Granted Greater Fair Use Access to "Locked" DVD Content

"The Library of Congress added five new exemptions to its Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Monday," as reported online by PC World.

For additional information on what this means to documentarians, see director Pat Aufderheide's blog posting at the American University Center for Social Media site.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

American Archivist review!

Many thanks to Grace Lile (WITNESS Media Archive) for her detailed review of Archival Storytelling, in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of American Archivist, published by the Society of American Archivists. Preview: "The excellent new resource Archival Storytelling is really two books in one: a detailed how-to guide for filmmakers in the process of researching, acquiring, and clearing rights to arhival materials; and a deeper exploration of the implications, ethical and creative, of using these materials to tell new stories." TO READ IT ALL: Click here, scroll to pages 278-281: http://archivists.metapress.com/content/y6k6p23uu1255377/fulltext.pdf.

Archives and Access -- Controversy

From Witness.org, an interesting post: "An Archivist's Perspective on Access and Privacy" about the May 2010 US District Court decision to allow Chevron to subpoena footage from Joe Berlinger's documentary Crude: The Real Price of Oil. [According to the filmmaker's blog, a "stay" of the order to turn material order has been granted pending a hearing of the appeal in July 2010.]


Archival storytelling issues cross international borders. The book (now available for just $24.30 from Amazon -- and $19.22 for Kindle) offers detailed information about finding, using, and licensing third-party stills, footage, music, artwork and more, with discussion about U.S. and international approaches to copyright, fair use, fair dealing, moral rights, and more -- AND it features interviews with researchers (and clearance experts) in Moscow, Toronto, Washington, and Sydney: Australian researcher Lisa Savage, www.lisasavage.tv.

Co-author Kenn Rabin himself heads to Australia on June 30 to discuss his own archival storytelling. On July 6, the closing night of Mexico: The Revolution, Independence and Beyond (an academic conference sponsored by the Australian National Center for Latin American Studies), Kenn will be screening and discussing the making of The Storm that Swept Mexico, a two hour history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) produced by Kenn and Ray Telles of Paradigm Productions. The film is funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Latino Public Broadcasting.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New lower price - $24.55!

Whether you're working on Hollywood dramas or indie docs, if you're struggling to find and license music, stills, or footage to which someone else holds the rights, you may be interested to know that Archival Storytelling is now available at deep discount from Amazon! (And if you've read it and found it useful, please write a review, they get picked up worldwide.)

"This book is a great resource because it surveys the entire landscape from ethical/creative considerations to fair use to changes in the digital age, and the focus is always on the importance of telling stories. Which is what it's all about after all!" (Shooting People)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Available on Kindle!

Archival Storytelling can be purchased for your Kindle -- just $19.22! This book has information for filmmakers and television producers across the board -- whether your work is fiction or nonfiction, drama or documentary, for broadcast or theatrical release.