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Communication Arts student Meredith Smith has received a Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant. After the application process, the grant was awarded to Smith for her excellent senior thesis, which explores Hollywood costume designer Dorothy Jeakins’ career in the 1960s. While her thesis is still in progress, the grant will provide Smith with $1,500 to cover the expendable supplies, travel expenses, and related costs needed to complete her research.
The annual Jean Mitry Award is given out each fall at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. The award honors individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and appreciation of the world’s silent film heritage. Past winners have included major figures in the archival community such as Eileen Bowser (MOMA), as well as scholars such as Tom Gunning (University of Chicago).
The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) to have two short films by Shirley Clarke preserved. The NFPF Avant-Garde Masters grant will be used to preserve Butterfly (1967) and 24 Frames per Second (1977).
The WCFTR film archive was recently recognized and praised by the Madison newspaper the Wisconsin State Journal as one of the “100 defining objects of Madison.”
I am pleased to confirm that the independent producer Ted Hope has donated his professional papers and several films to the WCFTR archive. The material will be processed and prepared for archival access over the next several months, and I expect that some time in 2015 it will be ready for use, at which time we will post a finding aid and make a follow-up announcement.
The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Sloper to the position of the Head Film Archivist. As the WCFTR Film Archivist, Amy will oversee the Center's rich collection of films and television episodes, nearly 20,000 titles in all. Her duties will also include teaching one course annually in archival theory and practice in the UW School of Library and Information Studies.
After a brilliant 34 year career as the Head Film Archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Maxine Ducey is retiring effective January 2, 2014.
Everyone associated with the Center is saddened to learn of the recent death of Susan Dalton, former Film Archivist at WCFTR. Susan was a leading national figure in the field of moving image archiving and a key figure in establishing the WCFTR as a world-class resource.