Amy Ciesielski

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Feb 04

The National Film Registry and the Director’s Cut of “Take This Hammer”

In 1988, the National Film Preservation Board was established to identify films for preservation in the Library of Congress. Every year, the Board advises the Librarian of Congress on the selection of up to 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” for the National Film Registry (NFR) to increase awareness for preservation and protect America’s …

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Jan 27

10th Chinese Film Festival -The Monkey King on Film

Updated with screening information for February 17th! The 10th Chinese Film Festival is upon us, and this year’s theme is the Monkey King and the Chinese traditional literary story “Journey to the West.” The Nickelodeon Theatre will host the screenings every Monday evening in February. Come and join the Monkey King on his magical adventures! The …

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Jan 17

Prohibition Era Footage at MIRC

This year is the 94th anniversary of the start of Prohibition in the United States. This imposed national ban on alcohol remained in effect until 1933. The illegal activity that resulted, paired with the music, culture, decadence, and new technology of the raucous era known as the “Roaring Twenties,” make this an unforgettable period in American history. The …

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Dec 20

Donation Stories: Stephanie Wilds on the Phelps Sisters Collection

In 1992, Stephanie Wilds donated a collection of 35mm and 16mm home movies shot and edited by her great-aunt and grandmother, Claudia Lea Phelps and Eleanor Phelps Wilds, to the Moving Image Research Collections. Fixtures of Aiken, SC society, the sisters were avid travelers who circumnavigated the globe in the 1920s. Claudia Lea was a …

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Nov 11

“Always Coming Home” Project Gives Female Veterans a Voice

In honor of Veteran’s Day we are highlighting films from the Always Coming Home project collection, a series of oral history interviews with female veterans. Cathy Brookshire, creator of the project and the documentary Soldier Girl, tells us a bit about how the project got started. In 2010 the USC Classics in Contemporary Perspectives, a …

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Oct 29

MIRC Newsreels Featured in The Roaring ’Twenties

For anyone who has ever wondered what the famous “roar” of the 1920s might have sounded like, The Roaring ’Twenties can help with the answer. Emily Thompson, a historian at Princeton, created the interactive project that documents the aural history of New York City in the vibrant 1920s and early 1930s. In the first few …

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Oct 23

Home Movie Day a Smashing Success

Columbia’s Home Movie Day event, hosted by Moving Image Research Collections and the Nickelodeon Theatre this past Saturday, was a great success. Over fifty people attended the screening, MIRC staff answered numerous questions about the proper care and storage of film and video, and there was even an onsite donation of 8mm films to the archive. …

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Sep 26

Upcoming Screenings and Exhibits

MIRC footage may be coming to a town near you! Look for us this month in Florida, Arkansas, Washington DC, and of course, Columbia, SC. Here’s what you need to know about upcoming screenings and exhibits that highlight material from our collections: At 5:30 pm on October 16th in the Hollings Library Program Room, Professor …

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Sep 19

Moving Image Research Collections at Orphans Midwest

The University of South Carolina will be well represented this month at the Orphans Midwest Film Symposium at Indiana University, September 26-28. Born in South Carolina in 1999 and now based at NYU, the Orphan Film Symposium is a gathering of scholars, archivists, and artists that celebrates moving images produced outside the commercial mainstream or …

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