We’ve got a new Facebook url – Don’t forget to “Like” us!

That’s right, Media Services and the New Media Center now have a new, easy to remember url: http://Facebook.com/AULibMedia Now it’s that much easier to remember where to visit us on Facebook. If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit our Facebook page and “Like” us! On our page you can expect to find updates on … Continue reading “We’ve got a new Facebook url – Don’t forget to “Like” us!”

That’s right, Media Services and the New Media Center now have a new, easy to remember url: http://Facebook.com/AULibMedia

Now it’s that much easier to remember where to visit us on Facebook. If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit our Facebook page and “Like” us! On our page you can expect to find updates on AU Library events, New Media Center software training schedules and reminders, Vimeo and Youtube trailers for recent documentary and Home Use Collection films, links to new acquisition lists, and reminders about film screenings happening around campus.

Got unwanted electronic equipment? The AU E-Waste Drive begins tomorrow at 11am!

AU ELECTRONIC WASTE DRIVEON THE QUADMarch 8th and 9th 11am – 2pm Have you got some unwanted electronics equipment that you’ve been feeling too guilty to simply toss? Well here’s you opportunity to recycle it! AU is hosting its first 2-day waste drive and will recycle/re-purpose the AU community’s unwanted electronics.This will all be taking … Continue reading “Got unwanted electronic equipment? The AU E-Waste Drive begins tomorrow at 11am!”


AU ELECTRONIC WASTE DRIVE

ON THE QUAD
March 8th and 9th
11am – 2pm

Have you got some unwanted electronics equipment that you’ve been feeling too guilty to simply toss? Well here’s you opportunity to recycle it! AU is hosting its first 2-day waste drive and will recycle/re-purpose the AU community’s unwanted electronics.

This will all be taking place on March 8th and 9th from 11am – 2pm on the Quad.
Here is the list of welcomed types of equipment.

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The 2012 New African Film Festival begins Thursday (and runs from March 8 – 13)

AFI Silver Hosts the 8th Annual New African Films FestivalThursday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 13AFI Silver Theatre8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910Get ticketsAFI Silver is proud to host the 8th annual New African Films Festival, co-presented by AFI, TransAfrica and afrikafé. The vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent is … Continue reading “The 2012 New African Film Festival begins Thursday (and runs from March 8 – 13)”

AFI Silver Hosts the 8th Annual New African Films Festival
Thursday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 13
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Get tickets

AFI Silver is proud to host the 8th annual New African Films Festival, co-presented by AFI, TransAfrica and afrikafé. The vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent is on display in this year’s acclaimed selections.

To see the entire schedule, visit AFI’s New African Film Festival site.

MAMA AFRICA
Opening night: Thu, Mar 8, 7:00
Opening night tickets $12/$10 AFI Members
Additional screening: Mon, Mar 12, 9:20

The late, great singer Miriam Makeba (1932–2008) was one of the most charismatic African performers of her time. At the height of her popularity in Africa, Makeba boldly took a public anti-apartheid stand that led to the revocation of her passport and the beginning of a lifetime in exile. Director Mika Kaurismäki uncovers stunning archival footage that offers a rare glimpse into Makeba’s personal life, highlighting the admiration and gratitude that she felt for Harry Belafonte, who managed her career in the United States. This documentary reveals private moments which illuminate this legendary artist’s political activism. Official Selection, 2011 AFI Fest presented by Audi. – Courtesy of AFI Fest presented by Audi

DIR/SCR/PROD Mika Kaurismäki; SCR/PROD Don Edkins; PROD Rainer Kölmel. Finland/Germany/South Africa, 2011, color/b&w, 90 min. In English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Mama Africa trailer

Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba from trigon-film on Vimeo.

To see the entire schedule, visit AFI’s New African Film Festival site.

Excerpted from the AFI Silver site.

Selected New Home Use Titles in Media Services

Check out these titles that were recently added to the Home Use Collection: Opposite of sex – HU DVD 3170Mesrine: Public enemy #1 – HU DVD 8342Eyes without a face – HU DVD 9701Coco avant Chanel – HU DVD 9702The Apostle – HU DVD 9703X files fight the future – HU DVD 9704Godspell – HU … Continue reading “Selected New Home Use Titles in Media Services”










Check out these titles that were recently added to the Home Use Collection:

Opposite of sex – HU DVD 3170
Mesrine: Public enemy #1 – HU DVD 8342
Eyes without a face – HU DVD 9701
Coco avant Chanel – HU DVD 9702
The Apostle – HU DVD 9703
X files fight the future – HU DVD 9704
Godspell – HU DVD 9705
Chicken run – HU DVD 9706
Deuxieme souffle – HU DVD 9709
Teenage paparazzo – HU DVD 9710
Revenge of the electric car – HU DVD 9712
Tiny furniture – HU DVD 9713
J. Edgar – HU DVD 9715
Martha Marcy May Marlene – HU DVD 9716

85 films Martin Scorsese says you should see

Martin Scorsese did a four hour interview with Fast Company last year for the December/January issue. In the interview he talked a lot about the business of making films and how he’s managed to stay in it and remain relevant for so long. Over the four hours, Scorsese referenced 85 “films you need to see … Continue reading “85 films Martin Scorsese says you should see”

Martin Scorsese did a four hour interview with Fast Company last year for the December/January issue. In the interview he talked a lot about the business of making films and how he’s managed to stay in it and remain relevant for so long.

Over the four hours, Scorsese referenced 85 “films you need to see to know anything about film.” Some films he briefly mentioned, and others he spoke about more in depth. Fast Company compiled a list which includes his direct quotes about the films where applicable, and which provides brief descriptions of the films when quotes weren’t available. This list is being blogged about as a unique film list that’s almost like the ultimate film course designed by a legendary filmmaker. There are some omissions noted by the ArtInfo blog, but they do recognize that he couldn’t list every influential film in history.

Here’s the beginning of Scorsese’s list. Go to Fast Company for the complete list.

Ace in the Hole: “This Billy Wilder film was so tough and brutal in its cynicism that it died a sudden death at the box office, and they re-released it under the title Big Carnival, which didn’t help. Chuck Tatum is a reporter who’s very modern–he’ll do anything to get the story, to make up the story! He risks not only his reputation, but also the life of this guy who’s trapped in the mine.” 1951

All That Heaven Allows: In this Douglas Sirk melodrama, Rock Hudson plays a gardener who falls in love with a society widow played by Jane Wyman. Scandale! 1955

America, America: Drawn directly from director Elia Kazan’s family history, this film offers a passionate, intense view of the challenges faced by Greek immigrants at the end of the 19th century. 1963

An American in Paris: This Vincente Minnelli film, with Gene Kelly, picked up the idea of stopping within a film for a dance from The Red Shoes. 1951

Apocalypse Now: This Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece is from a period when directors like Brian DePalma, John Milius, Paul Schrader, Scorsese and others had great freedom—freedom that they then lost. 1979

Arsenic and Old Lace: Scorsese is a big fan of many Frank Capra movies, and this Cary Grant vehicle is one of several that he’s enjoyed with his family at his office screening room. 1944

The Bad and the Beautiful: Vincente Minnelli directed this film about a cynical Hollywood mogul trying to make a comeback. It stars Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon and Dick Powell. 1952

The Band Wagon: “It’s my favorite of the Vincente Minnelli musicals. I love the storyline that combines Faust and a musical comedy, and the disaster that results. Tony Hunter, the lead character played by Fred Astaire, is a former vaudeville dancer whose time has passed, and who’s trying to make it on Broadway, which is a very different medium of course. By the time the movie was made, the popularity of the Astaire/Rogers films had waned, raising the question of what are you going to do with Fred Astaire in Technicolor? So, really, Tony Hunter is Fred Astaire–his whole reputation is on the line, and so was Fred Astaire’s.” 1953

Born on the Fourth of July: Produced by Universal Pictures under Tom Pollock and Casey Silver, this Tom Cruise movie (directed by Oliver Stone) was an example of how that studio “wanted to make special pictures,” says Scorsese. 1989

Cape Fear: As he once explained to Stephen Spielberg over dinner in Tribeca, one of Scorsese’s fears about directing a remake of this film was that, “The original was so good. I mean, you’ve got Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, it’s terrific!” 1962

See more at Fast Company.

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SPC Films and UC Events Present: Hugo – Tuesday, March 6, 11:00 p.m., Ward 1

SPC Films and UC Events Present: HugoTuesday, March 6, 11:00 p.m., Ward 1 Come enjoy a free screening of the Oscar-winning film Hugo. An orphan boy attempts to uncover the mystery of a mechanical man and in the process discovers the magical early history of the movies. Sponsor: UC Events, Student Activities, SUB, RHA, SG … Continue reading “SPC Films and UC Events Present: Hugo – Tuesday, March 6, 11:00 p.m., Ward 1”


SPC Films and UC Events Present: Hugo
Tuesday, March 6, 11:00 p.m., Ward 1

Come enjoy a free screening of the Oscar-winning film Hugo. An orphan boy attempts to uncover the mystery of a mechanical man and in the process discovers the magical early history of the movies.

Sponsor: UC Events, Student Activities, SUB, RHA, SG Events, and Women’s Initiative
Contact: sm2272a@student.american.edu or hb3042a@student.american.edu

Excerpted from Today@AU

Check out these Code of Best Practices in Fair Use videos from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

This webcast introduced the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries on the day of the Code’s release, January 26, 2012. The Code facilitators—Patricia Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media at American University, Brandon Butler of ARL, and Peter Jaszi of the American University Law School—delivered a brief presentation … Continue reading “Check out these Code of Best Practices in Fair Use videos from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)”

This webcast introduced the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries on the day of the Code’s release, January 26, 2012. The Code facilitators—Patricia Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media at American University, Brandon Butler of ARL, and Peter Jaszi of the American University Law School—delivered a brief presentation on the contents of the Code, followed by a question-and-answer session. To read the Code and view related resources, visit http://www.arl.org/fairuse

This video answers questions that librarians often ask about fair use. The video supplements the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in partnership with American University’s Center for Social Media and Washington College of Law. To read the Code and view related resources, visit http://www.arl.org/fairuse

This short video introduces the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in partnership with American University’s Center for Social Media and Washington College of Law. To read the Code and view related resources, visit http://www.arl.org/fairuse

Part 1 of 2 videos from the ARL #librarianscode event at UCLA Library on Feb. 3, 2012. Peter Jaszi discusses the fair use doctrine and codes of best practices. See Part 2 for discussion of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. To download the Code and view additional resources, visit http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/codefairuse/

Part 2 of 2 videos from the ARL #librarianscode event at UCLA Library on Feb. 3, 2012. Brandon Butler discusses fair use in libraries and he and Peter Jaszi discusses the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. See Part 1 for more general information about the fair use doctrine. To download the Code and view additional resources, visit http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/codefairuse/

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 30 to 60 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 30 to 60 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. There is no fee for these workshops and no RSVP is necessary. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Sunday, 3/4 at 3pm – Intro to Pro Tools
Sunday, 3/4 at 5pm – Basic Website Development
Monday 3/5 at 2pm – Get Started with Photoshop
Tuesday 3/6 at 12pm – Sound Design in Final Cut Pro X
Tuesday 3/6 at 8pm – NMC Equipment Training
Wednesday 3/7 at 8pm – Matte Painting in Photoshop
Thursday 3/8 at 4pm – Intermediate Photoshop
Friday 3/9 at 12pm – Basic Motion Graphics for Video in After Effects
Saturday 3/10 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro X: Intermediate

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

UC Film Series Presents: Evolution of Zombies Part III

UC Film Series Presents: Evolution of Zombies Part III DAWN OF THE DEADFriday, March 2, 2012 From 6pm – 8:30pm Mudbox on the Lower Level of the LibrarySponsored by Bender Library and University College


UC Film Series Presents: Evolution of Zombies Part III

DAWN OF THE DEAD
Friday, March 2, 2012
From 6pm – 8:30pm
Mudbox on the Lower Level of the Library

Sponsored by Bender Library and University College