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).
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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.
The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research website has been redesigned. Within the site, you will find both familiar content and some that is brand new.
We invite you to explore what the center has to offer, and we hope you like the new look!
The WCFTR Director Vance Kepley is very pleased to announce the successful completion of a major, year-long effort to systematically reprocess one of the Center’s most important archival collections. With the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center has completed the comprehensive reprocessing of the Emile de Antonio Collection.
The brilliant filmmaker and UW Madison alumnus Errol Morris was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater at the May 17 commencement. This is the highest honor the University can bestow on one of its alumni. The WCFTR takes pride in having spearheaded Errol Morris’s nomination for that award. WCFTR sponsored the honorary degree nomination, with co-sponsorship support from the Departments of History and Communication Arts.
On March 15, the newly restored film Portrait of Jason received its U.S. premiere at the UW Cinematheque. The film, originally released by the late Shirley Clarke in 1967, is daring, provocative, ground-breaking and truly gripping and one of the first LBGT films to be taken seriously by the general audiences. It remains one of the most remarkable films of American independent filmmaking.