Smithsonian: Native Cinema Showcase Returns as a Virtual Program With Messages of Strength and Resilience

Smithsonian: Native Cinema Showcase Returns as a Virtual Program With Messages of Strength and Resilience. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian brings its annual Native Cinema Showcase to online audiences Nov. 12–18. This year’s showcase focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community and a continued relationship with the land. Activism lies at the heart of all these stories. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.”

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide. “A group of Texas academics recently analyzed the effect of animated films—culled from the vast catalog of productions released by Walt Disney Pictures between 1937 and 2020—on children’s cognitive and behavioral functions, and they found the movies played a valuable role in inspiring dialogue from children, about tough issues they may be facing at that delicate time in their lives.”

Hollywood Reporter: Claire Foy to Play Sheryl Sandberg in TV Series About Facebook

Hollywood Reporter: Claire Foy to Play Sheryl Sandberg in TV Series About Facebook. “The Crown Emmy winner Claire Foy will take on another real-life character for her next TV project: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Foy is set to play Sandberg in a drama from Anonymous Content and Wiip titled Doomsday Machine. The project, which doesn’t have an outlet attached yet, is based on New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination (published by Harper in July), as well as their reporting for the Times and that of The New Yorker‘s Andrew Marantz.”

Deadline: Jerusalem Cinematheque Opens Up Israel’s National Film Archive

Deadline: Jerusalem Cinematheque Opens Up Israel’s National Film Archive. “The archive, based in a climate-controlled film centre adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City walls, holds 96% of all features ever produced in Israel… From Monday October 18, the Archive is being opened for people to search and stream on demand from around the world. The opening follows a $10M preservation, restoration, and digitization process begun in 2015. The materials on the new site will all be translated, tagged, and searchable in English by keyword or phrase, year, landmark, and location.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Sites to Stream Free Scary Movies for Halloween

Make Tech Easier: 5 Sites to Stream Free Scary Movies for Halloween. “What’s your favorite scary movie? If you’re in the mood to spice up your Halloween with some delightfully spooky movies, you’re in luck. While movies on the big screen like ‘It’ and the upcoming ‘Jigsaw’ will be scaring cinema-goers, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to stray from the couch to get in the Halloween spirit.”

263 Chat: Zimbabwe International Film Festival Returns

263 Chat: Zimbabwe International Film Festival Returns. “‘Narratives from Zimbabwe’ is a project initiated by ZIFFT in 2019, that has so far travelled around many parts of the country, documenting Zimbabwe’s rich history and heritage. The interviews, footage and photographs captured during this first phase of the project will be used to create a multi-media digital archive and interactive website that filmmakers and other creative content producers will be able to draw from as a reservoir of indigenous knowledge and inspiration.”

“Jump Cut” is a Model Open Journal: Digitized from Microfilm & Hosted on Archive.org (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive: “Jump Cut” is a Model Open Journal: Digitized from Microfilm & Hosted on Archive.org. “From the beginning, Jump Cut was all about being accessible and uncensored. Now, the alternative media criticism journal has achieved maximum exposure: All of its back issues are available digitally for free through the Internet Archive. John Hess, Chuck Kleinhans, and Julia Lesage launched the publication when they were graduate students at Indiana University in 1974.”

Georgia Today: Electronic Version of Posters to be Published on Website of National Archives of Ministry of Justice

Georgia Today: Electronic Version of Posters to be Published on Website of National Archives of Ministry of Justice. The country, not the state in America. “Electronic versions of posters and programs of Georgian feature, animated and documentary films, theatrical performances or other events have been published on the website of the National Archives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, reported the National Archives of Georgia.”

Los Angeles Times: Make film history more inclusive. That’s Jacqueline Stewart’s mandate at Academy Museum

Los Angeles Times: Make film history more inclusive. That’s Jacqueline Stewart’s mandate at Academy Museum. “Jacqueline Stewart was already one of the nation’s leading film scholars before she took the job of chief artistic and programming officer at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Now she’s helming the presentation of perhaps the most significant museum dedicated to movies in the country.”

Tripped Over While Going Through Google Alerts: Timeline of Historical Film Colors

I gave up on keeping up with the entire Web around about 1996, and I’m *still* delighted when I discover something that’s been quietly trucking along for ages doing good work. Check out Timeline of Historical Film Colors. From the About page: “This database was created in 2012 and has been developed and curated by Barbara Flueckiger, professor at the Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich to provide comprehensive information about historical film color processes invented since the end of the 19th century including specific still photography color technologies that were their conceptual predecessors.”

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.. “[Professor Shrikanth] Narayanan and team’s study was the first to apply deep learning models to the music used in a film to see if a computer could predict the genre of a film based on the soundtrack alone. They found that these models were able to accurately classify a film’s genre using machine learning, supporting the notion that musical features can be powerful indicators in how we perceive different films.”

Google Blog: 50 years of film with NFTS and Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: 50 years of film with NFTS and Google Arts & Culture. “The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is an internationally respected institution for education and creativity, launching the careers of many directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and more. Many of whom have gone on to become household names, and earn multiple BAFTAs and Oscars, making NFTS the most awarded film school globally. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, for the first time in the school’s history, online audiences will be able to explore a new digital archive of over 200 graduate films from alumni of the school.”

TechRadar: Timothée Chalamet used Google Alerts to land lead Dune role

I LOVE this. TechRadar: Timothée Chalamet used Google Alerts to land lead Dune role. “Dune star Timothée Chalamet has explained how setting up a Google alert eventually helped him to land the movie’s lead role. In an interview with Deadline ahead of the Venice Film Festival, Chalamet confirmed that he used Google Alerts to follow the film’s early development.”

Gizmodo: How to Nominate Movies to the Library of Congress National Film Registry

Gizmodo: How to Nominate Movies to the Library of Congress National Film Registry. “The National Film Registry already has 800 movies that have been inducted since it started in 1989, and the Library of Congress keeps a very long list of films that have yet to be added, if you want some ideas. The deadline for public nominations is September 15, so you better get your list in quickly. The only limitation? Movies must have been released prior to 2011.”