USC Viterbi: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Violence in Movies

USC Viterbi: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Violence in Movies. “For many in the film industry, seeing your film landed with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the kiss of death. With your film no longer accessible to viewers under 17, you are presented with a choice between limited box-office takings or expensive re-editing, or even reshooting, to meet the requirements of a more palatable R rating. But what if there were a more accurate way to determine a film’s likely classification at the script stage, before it moves through the expensive process of production and post-production?”

New York Times: Scarecrow Video Has Survived This Long. Can It Hang On?

New York Times: Scarecrow Video Has Survived This Long. Can It Hang On?. “As for Scarecrow, it survived bankruptcy, the threat of closing and the death of its charismatic founder. In 2014, it became a nonprofit. And now, after 30 years, with more than 132,000 titles — many on VHS, laser disc and DVD — it is as much a cultural warehouse as anything else. And that gives Kate Barr, Scarecrow’s president, pause.”

UCLA: UCLA to restore student films involving The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison

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.”

BBC: ‘Why I recreate famous movie scenes online’

BBC: ‘Why I recreate famous movie scenes online’. “On a windswept Welsh beach, Thomas Duke is searching for the perfect shot. … For a few days, almost a decade ago, the beach was a hive of activity – home to a film crew and a newly-constructed cottage as the penultimate instalment of the Harry Potter series was filmed. The cottage and the film crew are long gone but Thomas, a 20-year-old film student, is paying homage to the scene by pinpointing the spot where it was filmed and recreating it photographically.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: Every Sunday, These Historians Go to the Movies — All in the Name of Digital Community

Chronicle of Higher Education: Every Sunday, These Historians Go to the Movies — All in the Name of Digital Community. “Have you ever, while watching the movie Julie & Julia, drawn comparisons between Julia Child’s struggle to find the right publisher and the mercurial marketplace of academic publishing? You probably haven’t. But historians have.”

Grange: Reggae Film Archive Coming (Jamaica Information Service)

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.'”