Schedule and Attendees for MEP Symposium, May 17-18 2013

Media Ecology Project Symposium

May 17-18, 2013

Black Family Visual Arts Center

Dartmouth College

Friday, May 17

8:30am  Breakfast (VAC 201)

9:00am  Introductory Session (Loew Auditorium)

12:00pm convivial lunch (VAC 301)

1:00pm Metdata Roundtable (VAC 001)

2:00pm Q&A with Mediathread and Scalar Programmers (VAC 001)

2:50pm coffee break

3:00pm Break-Out Sessions (VAC 001, 109, 230)

4:00pm Reports from Break-Out Sessions (VAC 001)

5:00pm Reception, with Game Culture Conference (VAC lobby)


Saturday, May 18

8:30am Breakfast (VAC 201)

9:30am Synthesis Session (VAC 001)

12:00 mid-day break

2:00pm Archival Film Festival (Loew Auditorium)

5:00pm Symposium concludes

Invited Speakers for the symposium:

Mike Mashon, Library of Congress

Andrea Leigh, Library of Congress

Adrienne Garber, Columbia Univ [Mediathread]

Steve Anderson, Univ Southern California [Scalar]

Eric Hoyt, Univ Wisconsin [Media History Digital Library]

Dan Streible, NYU Orphan Film Symposium

Mark Quigley, UCLA Film and Television Archive

Mark Cooper, Univ South Carolina MIRC Archive

Karen Cariani, WGBH Archive

Jaime Combariza, Brown Univ [Center for Computing and Visualization]

Media Ecology Project Fights to Save Cultural History

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Dartmouth’s Media Ecology Project is about “the sustainability of cultural memory,” says Professor Mark Williams (photo by Corinne Arndt Girouard)

From “Dartmouth NOW“:

Media records of our cultural history are threatened because their value is not understood, their provenance is unknown or their formats are obsolete, says Mark Williams, head of Dartmouth’s Media Ecology Project, which is racing to identify and save these threatened resources.

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Media Ecology Project Archival Film Fest May 18

MEPSymposium13The Archival Film Festival will serve as a capstone public celebration of The Media Ecology Project symposium at Dartmouth.

The festival will be Saturday, May 18 at 2-5pm in the Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center at Dartmouth College.

The festival will feature materials from The Library of Congress, The UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Orphan Film Symposium, The University of South Carolina MIRC Archive, the WGBH Archive, Critical Commons, and our own Dartmouth Film Archive.

Among the films to be screened will be Dartmouth Days (Rapf, 1934), directed by alum godfather of film studies at Dartmouth Maurice Rapf, and Losey on Film (Fauer, 1971), a film made during alum Joseph Losey’s residency at Dartmouth in 1970.

Deep appreciation to The Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Office of the Provost, The Dartmouth Library, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, The Neukom Institute, and the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Hope to see you at the festival!


Rare 1920 film features 300 Comanche and Kiowa actors

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 9.02.38 AM“The Daughter of Dawn,” a rare silent movie made in 1920 that features a cast of more than 300 Kiowa and Comanche people, has been restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  An 80-minute, six-reel silent film shot in July 1920 in southwest Oklahoma, the film was reportedly shown to the public only once, in a 1920 viewing in Los Angeles.

The actors are the sons and daughters of the Kiowa and Comanche tribes who once roamed the plains of Kansas.  They brought their own clothing, horses, tepees and everyday objects to be filmed on location in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, near Anadarko.  Key actors were children of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker: White and Wandada Parker.

Still considered a work in progress,  the film premiered this weekend in Kansas.

Coverage in The Kansas City Star

Coverage in NewsOK

National Film Preservation Foundation Awards 24 Preservation Grants

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The National Film Preservation Foundation has announced grants to save 38 films, including the only known footage of pioneering Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still (ca. 1970) and Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Sources of Country Music” (1975), a documentary about Benton’s final painting narrated by the artist himself.  Awards went to 24 institutions located across 18 states.