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.”
Quartz: How To Stream All This Year’s Best Picture Oscar Nominees. “The nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 22), which gives you a month to catch up on all eight of the films nominated for best picture before the big night on Feb. 24. Netflix’s Roma tied with The Favourite for the most nominations. Some of the best picture candidates are still in their theatrical runs, but there are also plenty of nominated films that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.”
Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Film Registry Turns 30. “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ and Paul Newman’s unforgettable ‘Hud’ to the opulent musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and the rocking sounds of ‘Monterey Pop.’ Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”