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music from Isaan Thailand Clifford West Film Preservation
EB Foreign Language instruction films
In addition to the overall documentation and preservation work
of the Archive as it relates to academic film, special projects are occasionally
undertaken specific to individual filmmakers and moving image genres.
Please click on the project area below for full details.
Our SaveAFilm initiative
allows free internet access to a number of our films. See how you can
view them and participate in our efforts.
We are researching the history and collecting the films and
ephemera from Encyclopaedia Britannica's groundbreaking Je Parle Français,
La Familia Fernández, and Emilio en España
foreign-language instruction films of the early 1960s.
Clifford West Preservation Project focused on preserving the film output of
an important filmmaker whose work encompassed the art of Florence, Italy, and
artists such as Edvard Munch, and Harry Bertoia.
Lost & Found FilmKids identifies
what some of the kids that appeared in academic films are doing today
Director Geoff Alexander has made several presentations at
the annual conferences of the
Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). Among them were two
presentations at the 2002 conference in Boston. The first was as a panelist on
Rethinking 'Educational' Films, where
he described the
differentiation between the Academic and the Guidance film, and called for
increased awareness, scholarship, and preservation of the Academic
Film. The second was a one-evening retrospective on the
work of filmmaker Bert Van Bork.
He also made a presentation on the challenges of ensuring the
survivability of film archives in
institutional settings, along with recommendations, at the 2006
conference in Anchorage. In the Savannah, GA conference of 2008, he
described how to provide
free public access to films without formal funding, as well as processes and
resources for documenting academic film. In Philadelphia in 2010, he
hosted the first retrospective of the films of
with the filmmaker and Academy Film Archive preservationist Brian Meacham.
The Morlam VCD Project represents the first effort by western
researchers to document this important song form, originally from the Isaan (Esarn)
area of northeastern Thailand, and now popular in Bangkok as well.
Prior to founding the Academic Film Archive of North
America, director Geoff Alexander initiated several
projects Among these were papers on Flamenco music, the
history of the jazz organ, and a survey of Black preaching styles. He
was also a composer and performer of electronic avant-garde music for
Farfisa organ and keyboards.
KTAO was a freeform radio station
headed by Lorenzo Milam in the town of Los Gatos, CA in the early 1970s. We
are compiling its history as a special project.