Tag Archives: film

RAWSTOCK: Back to School Edition

21 Aug

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Friday, August 28
8:00pm
Melt – 2712 Cherokee St.

The Washington University Visual Media Research Lab presents RAWSTOCK, a FREE archival screening night celebrating the educational films of yesteryear. Check our Facebook page for more info.

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RAWSTOCK: Valentine’s Day Edition

30 Jan

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Washington University Libraries presents RAWSTOCK: Valentine’s Day Edition, a FREE screening of some of the most romantic educational films. Perfect for awkward first dates!

February 12, 2015 – 7:00PM – at Melt on Cherokee St.

Featuring Rawstock Bingo, valentines, and prizes!

 

RAWSTOCK: Halloween Edition

23 Oct

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Join Washington University Libraries for RAWSTOCK: Halloween Edition, a FREE screening of the scariest, creepiest, and most disturbing educational films, burlesque acts, and more!

The Halloween event you don’t want to miss is here. What’s scarier than middle school? Answer: the educational films you were forced to watch in middle school. The line-up includes spooky animation, didactic PSAs, and some rarely seen gems from the Film & Media Archive’s vault.

Friday, October 24, 8pm at Melt, 2712 Cherokee Street

Costumes encouraged!

Home Movie Day Around the World

17 Oct

Just a reminder that Home Movie Day in St. Louis happens tomorrow at St. Louis Central Public Library in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm.

Washington University Film & Media Archive and the St. Louis Central Public Library host this event that invites the public to share their Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD home movies. In addition to screening home movies, the event provides an opportunity to learn how to care for home movies. 

Home Movie Day is an international event and the Center for Home Movies has been highlighting films from around the world. Below is a home movie that was shown at Home Movie Day Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan. (Junji Shinohara, 1975, Super 8, color, silent, 7:00. Location: Natsudomari and Asamushi, Japan).

The Center for Home Movies has also highlighted the films of Peter Mork. (1969-1970, 8mm, color, silent with commentary by Peter Mork, 8:35. Locations: Lake Ossipee, New Hampshire; Weston, Massachusetts; 3. Nantucket, Massachusetts).

These films show the unique and special nature of home movies, both personal in nature and a visual record of how culture, fashion, cities, and places have changed over the years, they can be enjoyed by anyone.

Home Movie Day in St. Louis is free and will be held in the Creative Experience Room, 1pm – 3pm. Film drop off will begin at noon.

For more information about this event, contact WU Film & Media Archive.
314-935-8679
wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

Rawstock Screening Night

2 May

The Washington University Visual Media Research Lab presented our second Rawstock event at Melt on Cherokee on April 25, 2014. A free archival screening night with gems from deep within the vaults of Washington University Libraries, including highlights from the Harry Wald Collection, the Dana Brown Collection, and the Educational Film Collection.

Thanks to Melt for hosting the event!

Irene Taylor, Film and Media Cataloging and Preservation Archivist  operates a 16mm projector.

Irene Taylor, Film and Media Cataloging and Preservation Archivist operates a 16mm projector.

Rawstock at Melt - April 2014

Rawstock at Melt – April 25, 2014

 

Photos by Alison Carrick.

Film Preservation Techniques

6 Sep
Film reel, Film & Media Archive, Washington University. Photo by Alison Carrick.

Film reel, Film & Media Archive, Washington University. Photo by Alison Carrick.

The British Film Institute National Archive has a series of videos on its website that give a great overview of film preservation and restoration techniques. Take a virtual tour of the BFI’s labs and view the techniques and standard practices used by film archivists in the links below.

BFI National Archive’s Dry Lab

The clip investigates the essential processes that take place in the BFI National Archive’s Dry Lab, in which technical archivists examine, repair, and prepare films for exhibition and storage in the BFI Vaults.

BFI National Archive’s Wet Lab

This clip investigates the essential processes that take place in the BFI National Archive’s Wet Lab, which ensures that films are in an optimal state to be shown and enjoyed, creating crucial new copies of restored or preserved films.

Nitrate Film at the BFI

The BFI holds the largest collection of nitrate film stock in the world, extending the life of this now retired medium. Highly combustible and unstable, the BFI has developed a range of measures to ensure these rare nitrate assets are safe from potential degradation.

Long Live Film: Nitrate Season

 Here Head Curator Robin Baker at BFI discusses one of the pivotal projects associated with the anniversary, the very rare and exclusive projection of nitrate film, and outlines in detail the historical importance of the format and the difficulties involved in its maintenance.

The Harry Wald Collection

3 May
Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection

Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection. Photo by Alison Carrick.

In Fall 2012, the Film & Media Archive acquired The Harry Wald Collection, an assemblage of burlesque films largely from the 1930s to the 1960s. The collection consists of 250 reels of 35 mm film, including the original negative of Tijuana After Midnite (1954).

Harry Wald owned and operated theaters in the St. Louis area for many years, including the Grand Theater, formerly located downtown on Market Street near Broadway. The Grand Theater produced burlesque and comedy shows from the 1940s until 1963 when it was demolished.

The World Theater, formerly located on St. Charles Street and now demolished as well, went through many changes over the years. Under Wald’s ownership, the theater showed risqué movies and also produced stage shows. The collection includes the original negative of Tijuana After Midnite (1954), a film produced by Wald, and  Dance Hall Racket (1953) written by and starring the comedian, Lenny Bruce.

This collection will provide not only a cultural history of mid-twentieth century America but is also part of St. Louis history, and documents the burlesque and variety shows which were produced at that time.

Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection

Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection. Photo by Alison Carrick.

Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection

Film cans from the Harry Wald Collection. Photo by Alison Carrick.