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Jeff Smith
on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:57

A modest abbreviation, “DDE,” sits at the top of the page. Note the “no-nonsense” quality of the text: a simple thank you note to Robert M.

on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:21

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research is celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2020! Over the course of the next year, we will be highlighting 60 items or collections from the archives that will show what makes the WCFTR a research destination for scholars from all over the world. We can’t wait to share with you a few of the treasures we get to see all the time from the worlds of film, television, and theater. Check our website or Facebook page to see the items and stay tuned for “extras” like special videos and podcast episodes focusing on WCFTR donors and collections.

on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:40

Throughout the spring and fall of 2018, the WCFTR's film and video collections are moving from the basement of the Wisconsin Historical Society to a new, state-of-the-art climate controlled storage facility on the east side of Madison.

on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:44

The WCFTR has received a grant of over $94,000 in support of the restoration of THE JUNIPER TREE (1990), an ethereal and visionary psychological horror film adapted from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale by American director and former UW-Madison Communica

on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:06

The WCFTR has received a grant of $28,239.60 to digitize 1,152 dictabelts in the Rod Serling collection.

on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:52
Collage of images from La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

WCFTR partners with La MaMa and Bay Area Video Coalition on NHPRC grant funded project “Expanding Access to the Videotaped Record of 1970s-Era Experimental Theatre.”

Jeff Smith
on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:33

As the current director of the WCFTR, I am pleased to announce the debut of the Wisconsin Nitrate Film Project.

on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:57

The WCFTR is co-sponsoring this year’s World Records Symposium with the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture on April 20-21.  The symposium officially kicks off Thursday night with a concert at the University Club.  Sessions will be held on Friday throughout the day at Memorial Library in room 126.  No registration is required.  On Friday night, the UW Cinematheque will feature the Midwest premiere of the newly restored Vitaphone Molly Picon The Celebrated Character Comedienne along with five other Vitaphone shorts from the WCFTR collection and live mus

on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 13:20
Screen capture of WCFTR film entries in the Internet Archive.

During the spring 2016 semester, the WCFTR began to host a digital collection of films on the

on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 16:24
Logo for North Woods Tour.

WCFTR is proud to be hosting the Northwoods Tour this July in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin!