Further Reading – Archives & Preservation

The following resources come from across the field, concentrating on issues of film archiving and preservation.

We are currently looking to expand our reading lists, so please feel free to suggest additional resources to  info@filmadvocacy.org!

  • Academy Archive. The Digital Dilemma: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture Materials. (2007).

    “Cultural diversity is made manifest not only through the varied ways in which the cultural heritage of humanity is expressed, augmented and transmitted through the variety of cultural expressions, but also through diverse modes of artistic creation, production, dissemination, distribution and enjoyment, whatever the means and technologies used” Article 4 (1)

  • Academy Archive. The Digital Dilemma 2: Perspectives From Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives. (2012).

    For this report, a cross-section of independent filmmakers, distributors and marketers was interviewed and a broader online survey of independent filmmakers was conducted.  In addition, a representative group of nonprofit audiovisual archives provided details on their digital preservation activities, including information about the content they receive as born digital files, their current practices for digitally reformatting content for preservation, and their overall digital infrastructure, policies and funding strategies.  The report’s findings show an urgent need for these diverse and widely dispersed individuals and organizations to address the digital dilemma before the cultural heritage they represent is permanently lost.

  • Horwath, Alexander. “Persistence and Mimicry: The Digital Era and Film Collections.” Journal of Film Preservation #86 (April 2012, Open Forum).

    This text was presented as a lecture at the Cinémathèque francaise on 14 October 2011, in the framework of the symposium “Révolution numérique: et si le cinéma perdait la mémoire?”, co-organized by the Cinémathèque française and the CNC.