The Parthenon: New website provides platform for West Virginia filmmakers. “Vandalia TV may look like many other streaming services, except for one big difference: Every film on the website was created by a West Virginia filmmaker.”
Bangkok Post: Film archive fire caused only ‘limited damage’. “A fire at the Thai Film Archive temporary office in Nakhon Pathom province on Sunday night caused only limited damage to historical footage, and there are copies of all the films, the organisation announced on Monday.”
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge: Crowd Sourcing Is Helping Hollywood Reduce the Risk of Movie-Making. “Hollywood insiders have created ‘The Black List,’ which helps surface good but often overlooked scripts. Does the wisdom of the crowd work at the box office? Research by Hong Luo.”
IndieWire: Robert Downey Jr. and UCLA Set Out to Find Long-Lost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Silent Films. “Robert Downey Jr. has played legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in two feature films directed by Guy Ritchie… and now the actor is preserving the character’s legacy in an even greater way by serving as honorary chair of ‘Searching for Sherlock: The Game’s Afoot.’ The project is a joint effort between the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Baker Street Irregulars and seeks to discover long-lost Sherlock Holmes movies from the silent film era and beyond.”
It’s not often I include an event invitation in ResearchBuzz, but this archive looks fantastic. From IRTG Diversity: “Open Memory Box”: An Online Archive with 415 Hours of Life in the GDR Captured on 8mm Films. “Stretching the limits of new media technologies, this interactive archive builds on 415 hours of private films made by 149 East German families between 1947 and 1990. Initiated in 2013 by the Swedish-German film produce Alberto Herskovits and the Canadian professor of political science Laurence McFalls, the project has drawn on the skills of over thirty employees to collect, digitize, view and tag 2283 films contributed to the project. The result is a unique treasure chest for historians, artists, educators and the interested public.” When Germany was split into east and west, the eastern part was known as GDR ( German Democratic Republic).
Qweerist: Award-winning filmmakers launch LGBTQ+ short film streaming platform to ‘entertain and inform’. “QueerBee is a high-quality online collection of hand-picked LGBTQ+ independent short films of all genres for all ages. With the lack of authentic LGBTQ+ storylines in the mainstream media, QueerBee showcases queer stories and talent that otherwise go underrepresented.” Not free, but not ridiculous either – it’s £3.99 a month (just over $5.00 USD.)
Adweek: Free the Bid Expands Its Advocacy, Aiming to Diversify All Aspects of Filmmaking. “Free the Bid, founded in 2016 by Alma Har’el, with the initial intention of getting more women directors in advertising assignments, has launched a new discovery service. Free the Work seeks to increase the number of women, trans identifying, non-binary and underrepresented creators involved in all aspects of filmmaking.”