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AMIA Conference 2013

Wednesday, November 6-Saturday, November 9, 2013 , 

Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

CFA’s Nancy Watrous and Anne Wells head south to Richmond, Virginia to present at the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference. On Thursday, November 7th Nancy will speak on the “Film heritage – the challenge to enable all access” panel, while Anne will take part in the “Old Films, New Access: Partnerships in Production” panel on Saturday, November 9th (more below).

Nancy and Anne are also bringing along a 16mm print of LIFE & FILM (Lawrence Janiak, Robert Stiegler & Jeffrey Pasco, 1966) to be screened at AMIA’s Archival Screening Night. This particular program provides conference participants with an opportunity to showcase recent acquisitions and preservation efforts, such as CFA’s newly acquired Lawrence Janiak collection.

And last but not least, CFA is able to attend the conference thanks to a grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (thank you!!).

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Film heritage – the challenge to enable all access

Whose film is it anyway and what are our obligations? In or out of copyright and who holds the rights; often the first questions posed in response to reactive access requests, but what of the costs, resource implications and challenges faced by the custodians of moving image heritage? Walking the tightrope in balancing access to public treasures and private assets – this panel will look at the approach taken by both a national and regional archive, operating under different copyright legislation and with varied user communities. With added perspective of a major rights holder for whom it was necessary to access materials held by other collecting organizations in order to deliver a large scale digitization project.

Chair and Speakers:
Helen Edmunds, BFI National Archive
Katrina Stokes, BFI National Archive
Andrea Kalas, Paramount Pictures
Nancy Watrous, Chicago Film Archives

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Old Films, New Access: Partnerships in Production

New productions using archival films increase exposure for audiovisual collections and engage new audiences with the archives. This panel focuses on the cooperation between filmmakers, artists, educators, students, and media archives to create new works. Projects discussed include Our Nixon (a documentary film featuring home movies from the Nixon Presidential Library), the Chicago Film Archives Media Mixer (a fundraiser engaging artists and musicians in the creation of new productions), Remix the Public Domain (an online contest encouraging the use of the Free Music Archive and the Prelinger Archive), and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s partnership with St. Edward’s University’s CAMP program (engaging students to create new films from archival materials). A moderated discussion will address questions such as: How can archives reach new audiences through artistic collaboration? How can archives engage creative partners in preservation, access, and advocacy? How can these projects inspire other collaboration?

Chair and Speakers:
Elizabeth Hansen, Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Bryan Frye, “Our Nixon”/University of Kentucky
Anne Wells, Chicago Film Archives
Andrea Silenzi, Free Music Archive

Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219