From Nov. 9-12 Pittsburgh will host the annual conference of the Association of American Moving Image Archivists. This gathering, the largest of its kind in the nation, gives archivists a chance to meet, share information, and attend a host of panels, several of which touch upon NFPF projects.
A Nov. 11 panel on “The Eames Film Collection at the Library of Congress,” hosted by the Library’s Amy Gallick and Mike Mashon, will screen The Day of the Dead (1957), an Eames Studio short filmed in Mexico and preserved through NFPF funding. Earlier that day, archivists can also attend “Ongoing Intermediations: Preserving Jud Yalkut and Nam June Paik.” NFPF grants have helped save eight films created by this duo of media artists, along with eight solo films by Yalkut. The majority of the preservations were supervised by Anthology Film Archives, which will be represented by John Klacsmann.
The Nov. 12 panel “Reclaiming Indigenous Sacred Moving Images in Public Collections,” discusses the footage of Southwestern Native American life recorded by ethnographic filmmaker/photographer Tad Nichols during the 1940s—five of those films have been preserved by NFPF grants. Representing the University of Arizona will be Jennifer Jenkins and Hanni Nabahe. To read the full program of the symposium, which details many more panels, please visit the AMIA’s website. Representatives of the NFPF will be attending the conference and happy to discuss possible film preservation projects with other attendees.