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.