Emerging Documentary Practices Exhibition and Symposium

image of logo for symposium

An interdisciplinary one-day symposium and exhibition about how emerging technologies are transforming nonfiction image-making practices in cinema, art and ethnography. Keynote speakers include Dutch artists Ivar van Bekkum and Esther Polak.

The exhibition will be in the lower level of Paley library and is open Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 9, 10AM-6PM.

Learn more here: http://smc.temple.edu/fma/emergingdocumentarypractices/



Thursday: Early Russian Animated Shorts with live musical acommpaniment

Early Russian Animated Shorts

Music by Dmitri Shostakovich

still of title screen for Cameraman's Revent
What better way to kickoff a spooky weekend than with early Russian silent film and music by Shostakovich!  Screenings of The Cameraman’s Revenge (Ladislas Starewicz, 1910) and Romance with a Double Bass (Kai Hansen, 1911) accompanied by gifted musicians  of the Boyer College.  Temple University Libraries is proud to welcome back and to present Dr. Abramovic and his amazing students!

This Thursday!
October 30th,
12:00 – 1:00 PM,
Paley Library Lecture Hall.
Costumes permitted but not required.

Light refreshments served.

Bring your lunch. Bring your friends.
Relax. Laugh. Enjoy!

When I Walk: visiting filmmaker and screening, Institute on Disabilities series

“When I Walk” Film Screening and Discussion

Mr. DaSilva will present his film “When I Walk,” a poignant autobiographical journey of the young filmmaker after his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

– Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
– Best Canadian Feature, HotDocs 2013

Presented by Jason DaSilva, Filmmaker, Producer, Director

9:30 AM – NOON (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)
Registration is recommended.

“The Reel” Cinema
Lower Level, Howard Gittis Student Center South
Temple University

To view a trailer of the film: www.wheniwalk.com

PHOTO: jhlkjhlk Mr. DaSilva has been a prolific filmmaker, directing four short films: OLIVIA’S PUZZLE, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Festival and qualified for an Academy Award; A SONG FOR DANIEL; TWINS OF MANKALA; and FIRST STEPS; and two feature-length documentary films: LEST WE FORGET and WHEN I WALK. Three of his films have had national broadcasts on PBS, HBO, and CBC. He also produced “Shocking and Awful,” a film installation on the anti-Iraq war movement, exhibited at the 2006 Whitney Biennial.  Jason earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts from Emily Carr University.

More Digital Fun with Words: Movie/TV Edition

Word frequency tools (ever see a tag cloud or play with Google NGram viewer?) have been proliferating. Here’s a fun one, called Bookworm: Movies, that takes Open Titles movie and TV subtitle files as its corpus, covering nearly 90,000 movies and shows. Check out the background story and some interesting examples from creator Ben Schmidt’s (Northeastern University) blog.


Crowdfunded Build of Film Color Database Underway


Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1919)

“In just under 120 years of film history several hundred cinematic colour processes have emerged, many of which had their roots in nineteenth century still photography. To date, though, we still lack a comprehensive research publication that connects the technical foundations of these processes to their respective contemporary reception and their aesthetic or narrative uses.”

Concerned with “the perception and transformation of film colours as a result of their digitization,” Dr. Barbara FlĂĽckiger, professor for film studies at the University of Zurich, has recently launched the revamped Timeline of Historical Film Colors.  Beautiful images and bibliographies of technical and primary documentation are available arranged by either Flueckiger’s classification scheme of processes or in a chronological timeline.

Food Film Friday Starts September 20!

First in an ongoing series of films relating to food..

Gleaners and I poster

Join us for our first Food Film Friday this week! 

Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I

NOON in Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk. Snacks available. Free and open to all!

Here and there in France, Agnès Varda has come across gleaners, forgagrers, rummagers and scavengers. Through necessity, purely by chance or out of choice these people pick up left-over items dicarded by others. Their world is a surprising one. It is a far cry from the world of yesterday’s gleaners, peasant women who rummaged for bits of wheat left after the harvest. Potatoes, apples and other discarded foodstuffs, things without owners, clocks without hands are the fare of today’s gleaners. But Agnès Varda herself is just as much a gleaner, and her documentary is subjective. There is no age limit to curiosity. Filming itself is gleaning.

recent additions to Silent Film Online

Silent Film Online has added 137 new titles to the streaming collection this month.  They’ve also added some information about the score composer for some of the films.  Highlights in the new content include:

British Film Institute:  examples of early British and French cinema from the 1900s

  • A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.’s Biscuit Works, 1906  This company publicity film is one of the earliest surviving examples of film documenting British industry.
  • Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs, 1905.  This 1905 PathĂ© Brothers production by director Segundo de Chomon is a French film version of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. An example of color stencil color film print, a technique patented as the PathĂ©chrome process.
  • A Day in the Life of a Coalminer, 1910.
  • Rescued by Rover, 1905.  This highly successful kidnapping drama directed by Cecil Hepworth features the Hepworth family dog, Blair, who went on to be one of the first dog film stars. Recognized as the United Kingdom’s first major fiction film, it is also said to have been the first film to have used paid actors.

Flicker Alley:  first installment of over 80 hours of content acquired from Flicker Alley, this update features selections from the definitive Rudolph Valentino DVD, Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film, a compilation that details several aspects of the Italian actor’s remarkable life and legacy.

  • Character Studies, 1927.  This comedy features cameo appearances by Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Jackie Coogan, and Harold Lloyd.
  • A Trip to Paramountown, 1922.  A behind-the-scenes look at the Paramount Pictures studio.
  • Valentino: Screen Snapshots.  This documentary features a behind-the-scenes look at the 1921 Valentino film The Sheik.

Kino International

  • Harry Houdini: Archival Footage.  This documentary features archival footage of Houdini’s escapes, from the collection of the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department.
  • By the Sun’s Rays, 1914.  A silent one-reel Western film featuring Lon Chaney considered to be his earliest film that has survived.
  • The Silent Years.  A 1970s PBS series hosted by Orson Welles which features stars like Lillian Gish discussing monumental silent films like Broken Blossoms.
  • Faust: Deluxe Edition.  This special Kino edition contains the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation’s meticulous restoration of the original German version of the film (with unique hand-painted intertitles), as well as a lengthier alternate cut prepared by the Ufa Studios in 1930.