Reuniting Films with Their Makers

Reuniting Films with Their Makers


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Fourth in our "Presevation for Filmmakers" series.

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Addressing the relationship between filmmakers, moving image archives, and film labs, this workshop will offer avenues and resources for filmmakers to reunite with their “lost” films. The widespread closure of film labs led to a fraught situation for many filmmakers trying to locate, share, and monetize their films. This workshop will provide an overview of how film labs ended up storing films, what happened when they closed, and approaches and networks you might explore in pursuing your own film elements. The history and critical role of moving image archives for filmmakers will also be covered to help foster the filmmaker/archive relationship. There is a vast network of moving image archives able and willing to assist filmmakers, not only in finding their films, but offering homes for them and ensuring their preservation and relevance long into the future.

Rachael Stoeltje founded and serves as the Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. She served on the FIAF Executive Committee (2013-2019) and was part of the FIAF Training and Outreach Program Team. She served on the CCAAA (Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archival Associations) (2015-2020). She co-edited the Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) 2016 proceedings and co-organized the JTS 2019 conference in Amsterdam. She currently serves on the Advancement Committee for AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) and the Editorial board for AMIA’s The Moving Image Journal. Most recently, she concluded her role as the Director of the mass digitization for film project at Indiana University that wrapped up in June 2021 resulting in 23,803 digitized film reels. She participates in local and international training and outreach events and initiatives, dedicates herself to mentoring burgeoning archivists in the field and works to bridge the global archival communities in an effort to address our shared challenges.

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, filmmaker, writer and educator. He began collecting "ephemeral films" (films made for specific purposes at specific times, such as advertising, educational and industrial films) in 1983. His collection of 60,000 films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (now over 8,500 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 26 Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere. He is a board member of Internet Archive and frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives. With Megan Prelinger, he co-founded Prelinger Library in 2004. He is currently Chair and Professor of Film and Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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