Jerusalem Post: Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures

Jerusalem Post: Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures. “Researchers, history buffs and movie lovers will rejoice at the news that the Israel Film Archive at the Jerusalem Cinematheque has launched a website … that gives access to thousands of the films and clips in its collection. The launch of the site, which is available in both Hebrew and English, is the culmination of more than seven years of work to digitize the IFA’s films. The vast majority of the material on the IFA site is free, with a few VOD options that require a onetime payment.”

The York Press: New Filmed in Yorkshire website enables you to ‘visit’ Yorkshire film and TV locations online

The York Press: New Filmed in Yorkshire website enables you to ‘visit’ Yorkshire film and TV locations online. “The new Filmed in Yorkshire website takes you to an interactive map. Magnifying glass icons show where major film and TV productions – including All Creatures, but also Gentleman Jack, Victoria and Peaky Blinders – were filmed. Click again and you can see locations shots and get more information about what scenes were filmed where.”

Times of India: Police depts tap pop culture for mask messages on social media

Times of India: Police depts tap pop culture for mask messages on social media. “Dancing, singing, wearing corona hats – police departments across the country have used their in-house talent to create corona anthems and plays to educate people about staying safe in the pandemic. Viral memes like ‘rasoda’ and ‘Binod’ and campaign hashtags like Bask in the Mask and MaskUp have repeatedly driven home the message about wearing a mask in public.”

WSB-TV: 12 of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online

WSB-TV: 12 of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online. “Whether you enjoy comedies, mysteries, documentaries or something else entirely, you can find a great selection of movies online for free. In this article, I’ll take a look at 12 of the best websites and resources for watching free movies. I’ve visited each of the websites listed below, and I’ve tested a few videos from each to ensure quality, check for ads and see what’s available at no charge.”

UGA Today: UGA Libraries celebrates 25 years of Brown Media Archive with virtual event series

UGA Today: UGA Libraries celebrates 25 years of Brown Media Archive with virtual event series. “The Brown Media Archives preserve more than 250,000 titles in film, audiotape and other recording formats, including home movies and news film, spanning the past 100 years. Located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries along with two other special collections units, Brown’s faculty and staff also are tasked with the preservation and access to the collection of entries to the Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious electronic media award in the United States, which is administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.”

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women (The New Arab)

The New Arab: Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women. “…with Arab film continuing to be male-dominated from producers to leads, the prominence of female filmmakers from the past or present of the Arab world remains subdued. Irish-Iraqi curator Roisin Tapponi seeks to change that. Over years spent searching for and cataloguing films made by Arab women, Roisin set up the Habibi Collective – a digital archive and curatorial platform dedicated to promoting female filmmaking in the Middle East.”

Digital Trends: KweliTV is a streaming service that puts Black stories first

Digital Trends: KweliTV is a streaming service that puts Black stories first. “The streaming service is home to over 400 indie films and television shows, with over 35,000 registered users and growing. But it’s more than just a ‘Black Netflix.’ Rather than try to compete with larger services that boast millions in revenue and funding, KweliTV wants to thrive in the gap, by being deliberate about the content it hosts. Spencer considers KweliTV’s list carefully curated, and maintains that the service is purposeful about only hosting movies that don’t just feature Black characters, but also feature Black directors, writers, and producers.” I don’t often cover pay services, but this site a) has a free tier, b) has a day pass for $2.99, and c) even at full price is all of $5.99 a month. If you’re a college student you can get the service for $3.99 a month.

Mashable: The Queen’s country estate is hosting a drive-in cinema

Mashable: The Queen’s country estate is hosting a drive-in cinema. “In the UK, drive-in cinemas have been permitted since June 15 when lockdown restrictions began to lift. Indoor cinemas have been allowed to reopen since July 4 in the UK, but some delayed reopening to put in place strict safety measures — and even then, you attend at both your own risk and that of others. As for those outside, to ensure safety, the UK Cinema Association has been working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to put together health and safety guidelines for drive-in and outdoor cinemas. And that includes the Queen’s estate, too.”

BBC: India’s first ‘lockdown film’ is an edgy thriller

BBC: India’s first ‘lockdown film’ is an edgy thriller. “C U Soon, a suspense drama, is possibly India’s first ‘made-at-home, lockdown film’, as [Mahesh] Narayanan called it. Released last week on streaming giant Amazon Prime Video, it is an unusual Indian film. At 90 minutes, it has a runtime which is a third shorter than a usual commercial release, and it has no song and dances. One critic called it an ‘an immersive experience like no other’. Another said it was ‘a radical film that offers a unique viewing experience’. There was appreciation for the film’s ‘dynamic visual setting’.”

Make Tech Easier: TuneFind and Other Ways to Identify Songs from Movies and TV Shows

Make Tech Easier: TuneFind and Other Ways to Identify Songs from Movies and TV Shows. “With many shows boasting high production values, everything including the soundtrack is impressive. For many people, while watching your favorite show, your ears perk up thanks to the soundtrack. Great music-identifier apps like TuneFind and Shazam do the job better than ever, but you can now identify your favorite songs without even requiring a third-party app!”

New York Times: Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy Ring

New York Times: Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy Ring. “Three men are facing federal charges of participating in an international piracy ring that distributed popular movies and television shows online before their release dates, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The men, who have been charged with copyright infringement conspiracy, were accused of being members of the Sparks Group, a sophisticated piracy outfit spanning several continents.”

NY CaribNews: African Film Festival, Inc. launches AFF Digital Streaming Service and Film Archives

NY CaribNews: African Film Festival, Inc. launches AFF Digital Streaming Service and Film Archives. “African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), the premier U.S. presenter of African cinema, has unveiled its new streaming platform and digital archives at its online home… The portal to the Continent includes more than 800 profiles of directors from across the diaspora, from veterans like Ousmane Sembène, Safi Faye, Souleymane Cissé and Tunde Kelani to emerging talents like Mamadou Dia, Nuotama Bodomo, Abba Makama, and Mariama Diallo as well as more than 1,000 film profiles, and interviews, articles, reviews, photographs and more.”

New Industrywide Theater-Safety Plan Launches with Acknowledgment: ‘Going to the Movies Is Not Risk-Free’ (IndieWire)

IndieWire: New Industrywide Theater-Safety Plan Launches with Acknowledgment: ‘Going to the Movies Is Not Risk-Free’. “Leaders from the three largest cinema circuits came together Friday to launch a new set of industry-wide health and safety protocols. With sign-on from AMC, Regal, and Cinemark — and over 300 other theater companies — the National Association of Theatre Owners’ CinemaSafe plan seeks to present a united front to make audiences feel secure about heading back to the movies. But the fact remains: Even with the plan — which includes mask requirements, social distancing rules, reduced auditorium capacity, and other measures — movie-going during the pandemic still comes with risk.”

Sedona .biz: Sedona Heritage Museum Launches Online ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’ Photo Collection

Sedona. biz: Sedona Heritage Museum Launches Online ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’ Photo Collection. “The Sedona Historical Society announces that their newest and third historic photo collection is now available for view and research as part of the Arizona Memory Project. Entitled ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’, the 80+ photos chosen represent only a portion of the photos held by the Society that capture memorable moments in Sedona’s film-making history.”

The Film Stage: Watch Movies Side-by-Side with Screenplay with New Extension for Netflix

The Film Stage: Watch Movies Side-by-Side with Screenplay with New Extension for Netflix. “The new tool ScreenplaySubs created by Egan Bisma is a nifty extension for Chrome and Firefox which a viewer can install, then head here for a list of films to watch on Netflix to toggle the screenplay on and off for select films. While more movies will be added on a weekly basis, the first batch includes The Social Network, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Marriage Story, The Irishman, Zodiac, and Silver Linings Playbook (it looks Uncut Gems, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Steve Jobs are on their way too).”