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Aug 29

A Fine Feathered Friend Farewell


Sarah Rice, one of our talented colorists, is leaving for Scotland to pursue her masters in film curation. We’re thrilled that she is going on to bigger and better things, but we are also extremely sad to see her go. To commemorate the occasion, we asked her to write about her favorite film:  When presented …

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Jul 30

Celebrate the birthday of the Watermelon King!

Altmayer at the edge of the frame

All but forgotten today, Leo G. Altmayer was once Pittsburgh, PA’s “Watermelon King.” In 1934, Altmayer announced a new holiday, “Good Samaritan Day,” to be observed on July 29 every year. Not coincidentally, July 29th was also Altmayer’s birthday. For years he had been celebrating by distributing as many as 50,000 watermelons to a variety of organizations …

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Jul 27

Visit the MIRC Digital Video Repository

The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections is excited to announce the launch of its Digital Video Repository site: This pilot site provides access to more than two hundred moving images from a diverse set of collections, including the Fox Movietone News Film Collection, the Roman Vishniac Collection of cinemicroscopy, the Chinese …

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Jun 27

Feature Video – 27th June – Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman

Linda Wiseman feeds a squirrel at the zoo

Lulu Belle and Scotty ranked among the biggest country music stars of the late 1930s. Both launched their careers on WLS’s “National Barn Dance,” broadcast out of Chicago. Myrtle Eleanor Cooper started appearing on the Barn Dance as the comic character “Lulu Belle” at age 20, alongside Rambling Red Foley. When Foley got married, program …

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May 01

Unidentified Feline (?) Object

Still from "Unidentified," Vishniac 283

As Lydia mentioned, we plan to regularly post images of things, people and places that we are struggling to identify–Unidentified Filmed Objects, or UFOs, for short. We’re kicking the series off with this little fella, who was shot by the pioneering microcinematographer Roman Vishniac. Although he is more famous for his work filming micro-organisms, Vishniac loved …

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