Screen Daily: New database launches to promote female film experts (exclusive). “All listings are vetted by the team behind Primetime, and women have to have a minimum of three IMDb sole credits in the grade in which they are applying. In addition to this, credits from major theatre productions and from APA-registered companies will also be accepted.”
Neowin: Criterion Collection resurrected with new streaming service; access to over 1,000 films. “It was five months ago when many were crushed to learn that FilmStruck, the home for the highly revered Criterion Collection, would be closing down. Today, a new service has been erected that will host all of the classics of the Criterion Collection, making it available to stream once again.”
UCLA: UCLA to restore student films involving The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. “The pair, who met on campus when Morrison was a senior and Manzarek was a graduate student, became household names by the late 60s, along with bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore, and their early artistic endeavors as movie makers are at risk of being forgotten as time takes its toll on the original reels….With this in mind, the UCLA Film and Television Archive launched the Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison Preservation Project. The campaign being conducted on UCLA Spark, UCLA’s crowdfunding platform, began Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s 80th birthday. It closes April 1. To date, nearly $40,000 has been raised.”
Queen Mary University of London: Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive. “An academic from Queen Mary University of London is collaborating on a major new research project on cinema from the 1930s onwards.”
Jamaica Information Service: Grange: Reggae Film Archive Coming. “The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Reggae Films In The Park event launched preparations to establish the new digital Reggae Film Archive at the National Library of Jamaica as ‘a big step towards preserving Jamaica’s cultural heritage and Reggae history on film.'”
Variety: Telescope Launches Search Engine for Foreign Films in U.S.. “New search-engine website Telescope launches in Berlin this week with the mission of helping American audiences find online the kind of foreign titles pitched at the Berlin Film Festival and its related European Film Market.” I couldn’t find an URL for the search engine in the story; it’s at https://telescopefilm.com .
Loop TT: FilmTT launches digital tools to improve film production. “The Ministry of Trade and Industry, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT), hosted a press conference on Tuesday to launch a series of tools to improve the film production process in Trinidad and Tobago: Moviesite, Production Directory, Production Guide, Locations Database, and an updated website.”