Archive Events, Deep Cuts

Archival Screening Night Roadshow! November 18th at 7p

Join the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and the Wisconsin Historical Society as they host the Archival Screening Night Roadshow on Thursday November 18 at 7 pm in the Historical Society auditorium. This “Archival Screening Night” is one of the highlights of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) annual conference. AMIA is an international organization made up…

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“Girls’ Voices Now” Wins Emmy

Girls’ Voices Now, a new show currently streaming and airing on HereTV, recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Children’s Program. While most of our blog entries have focused on historical works or objects, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to highlight an important contemporary series. The show’s premise revolves around a summer program that seeks to…

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Reflecting on Wendy Clarke’s “New York Tapes” (1990) Three Decades Later

by Lauren Wilks New York City has been in the news lately for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the current mayoral election which has unearthed questions around whether candidates can equally serve all constituents in one of the most populous and diverse cities in the world. The musical film In the Heights has also recently increased…

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Saving & Sharing 15 Hours of Wendy Clarke’s “Love Tapes” from the World Trade Center (1980)

Before the invention of YouTube, Zoom, and Instagram, before a city was transformed by waves of “urban renewal,” the AIDS crisis, and a terrorist attack, hundreds of people took turns entering a video booth inside the World Trade Center and—for exactly three minutes—described what love meant to them. It was 1980, and the participants came from a diverse range of…

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Marc Blitzstein & Lenny Bernstein

by David Ronis In thinking about research, historic reading rooms in places like London, New York, and Washington D.C. come to mind. But sometimes there are great riches to be found in one’s own backyard! In 2016, when I was casually scouting for ideas for a creative research project, I became aware that the Marc Blitzstein Papers were part of…

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Emile de Antonio at Orphans Midwest

On Friday, September 27th, Emile de Antonio again found himself in the company of students, experimental artists, marginalized heroes, and non-fiction filmmakers. As part of the 2013 Orphans Midwest Symposium hosted by Indiana University , the WCFTR presented three rarely-seen trailers from the De Antonio Collection: two trailers for Point of Order (one in German) and a trailer for Millhouse…

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Deep Cuts

“Deep Cuts” at WCFTR

Welcome to “Deep Cuts,” an exploration of the one-of-a-kind artifacts and ephemera at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.  This series will reveal the WCFTR’s extensive collections of unique posters, awards, honors, knicks and knacks, and oddities that have found their way to the archives.

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“King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” from The Richard Kaplan Papers

The Richard Kaplan Papers, 1905-2010, document the career of Richard Kaplan, a spirited filmmaker/ producer of documentary and feature films. This extensive collection is home to print and pre-print materials for Mr. Kaplan’s documentary projects, as well as records of his educational films and work for television. The papers of Mr. Kaplan are rich in information concerning the nuts and…

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Backstage Pass

Jean Rosenthal – First Lady of Lighting

“I like to think of myself as some of the Scotch tape that holds things together – I’m very handy to have around.  But all that actors really need is a bare stage.  Lighting is just one of the luxuries of the theater.” – Jean Rosenthal

Deep Cuts, Featured Collections, Secrets from the Ziv File

World of Giants

by Olivia Riley The 1950s saw an explosion in demand for television content, surpassing what live performances and Hollywood film reruns could provide—enter, the “telefilm.” These pre-recorded programs were made specifically for TV, produced and sold by independent companies for distribution by local stations. The Frederick W. Ziv company was a leader in this mid-fifties boom in first-run syndication, producing…

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The Lumberjack
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The Lumberjack in Wausau…100 Years Later

The Lumberjack, one of the oldest films shot in Wisconsin that still exists in its original, complete form, once again lit up the big screen on October 25th in Wausau, Wisconsin, the city where it was conceived, shot, edited, and premiered 100 years ago. Produced by an itinerant film company out of Omaha, Nebraska and cast with Wausau locals, the short silent two-reeler…

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Madison Home Movie Day 2014

On Saturday, October 18 the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research helped organize Home Movie Day Madison at the Pinney Library.  We had great assistance from our partners at the Pinney Library and Holder Printworks, as well as our volunteer crew from the UW-Madison SLIS Archives program! We had an intimate but lively event after a few year’s absence…

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