TONIGHT: Women in Documentary Filmmaking with Dr. Aufderheide

Tonight, friend of Media Services Dr. Patricia Aufderheide will present in the Butler Board Room on the role of women in documentary filmmaking. The event is part of a School of Communications series on American women hosted by American University faculty members. Aufderheide recently led a presentation about fair use copyright law at last month’s … Continue reading “TONIGHT: Women in Documentary Filmmaking with Dr. Aufderheide”

Tonight, friend of Media Services Dr. Patricia Aufderheide will present in the Butler Board Room on the role of women in documentary filmmaking. The event is part of a School of Communications series on American women hosted by American University faculty members. Aufderheide recently led a presentation about fair use copyright law at last month’s Digital Future Forum. Don’t miss out for a second time!

The presentation starts tonight at 6:30 PM. Be there!

Close the week with a Glengarry Glen Ross double feature

This weekend, AU’s Department of Performing Arts will be putting on Glengarry Glen Ross, the Pulitzer-winning 1984 play about cutthroat businessmen in a race for the top. AU’s production is putting a twist on the classic with an all-female cast rather than the typical male ensemble. Tickets are available through Tix.com. The name Glengarry Glen … Continue reading “Close the week with a Glengarry Glen Ross double feature”

This weekend, AU’s Department of Performing Arts will be putting on Glengarry Glen Ross, the Pulitzer-winning 1984 play about cutthroat businessmen in a race for the top. AU’s production is putting a twist on the classic with an all-female cast rather than the typical male ensemble. Tickets are available through Tix.com.

The name Glengarry Glen Ross might sound familiar even if you aren’t a theater person. You’ve probably heard of the 1992 film adaptation starring Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, and Al Pacino. If your weekend plans involve going to Katzen, the film is essential viewing for comparison with AU’s version.

As of this posting, Glengarry Glen Ross (HU DVD 1675) is still available. Come and get it while it’s still [expletive deleted] here.

The Academy goes digital, opens archives for all

Digital collections are really exciting. Fragile resources that could previously only be handled in person are now available for anyone to view online. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body in charge of the Oscars, is the latest to jump on this trend. They’ve uploaded their massive archives of film publications … Continue reading “The Academy goes digital, opens archives for all”

Digital collections are really exciting. Fragile resources that could previously only be handled in person are now available for anyone to view online. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body in charge of the Oscars, is the latest to jump on this trend. They’ve uploaded their massive archives of film publications for the public to browse. This is an enormous and invaluable repository of memorabilia, periodicals, and personal items at anyone in the world can now see.

The collection mostly covers the early years of film, with some emphasis on the silent era. Perhaps the most interesting items are the Alfred Hitchcock Papers, including candid on-set photos and production items from some of his biggest films, and an assortment of sheet music used for silent films.

As with so many research tools, the Academy’s archive is educational and fun to browse.

Archive.org makes three years of news searchable

The wizards of Archive.org have created another excellent streaming video tool. Just in time for all the election retrospectives and analysis to begin, the Internet Archive presents TV News Search & Borrow, a site that allows you to search through three years of major news programs and share clips with others. This is a great … Continue reading “Archive.org makes three years of news searchable”

The wizards of Archive.org have created another excellent streaming video tool. Just in time for all the election retrospectives and analysis to begin, the Internet Archive presents TV News Search & Borrow, a site that allows you to search through three years of major news programs and share clips with others. This is a great collaborative tool for quickly finding soundbites from the news for academic research… or just fun.

For instance, here’s a bit from CNN Newsroom about Romney’s famously silly “binders full of women” remark. Finding and creating the clip was as easy as setting a date range, searching for “binders full of women,” locating a good segment, and clicking the “Share” button. You can narrow your search further by network or program. For example, here’s a search for every time Comedy Central mentioned Paul Ryan.

Compared to similar transcript services offered by LexisNexis, this is incredible! Not only is it free and open for anyone to use, but you also get access to the raw video and can easily send it to others or embed it in your presentations.

Watch last-minute campaign and election movies

After what feels like two grueling years, the presidential election is finally upon us. The first polls open in about 12 hours and close in about 24. This has been a knockdown-dragout fight to the finish… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of the AU community, so you’ve gotta love it. If you … Continue reading “Watch last-minute campaign and election movies”

After what feels like two grueling years, the presidential election is finally upon us. The first polls open in about 12 hours and close in about 24. This has been a knockdown-dragout fight to the finish… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of the AU community, so you’ve gotta love it.

If you aren’t obsessively checking fivethirtyeight or the AP newswire, and if you have no pressing responsibilities (like class or a job), there are still a few hours left to get your political fix. Our Pinterest page for US political campaigns and elections has 44 documentaries and feature films about elections, from tense fictional scandals (The Ides of March, HU DVD 2884) to in-the-moment documentaries of real political wins (The War Room, HU DVD 1013). Give the list a browse and watch one that gets you fired up and ready to go.

For those on campus during election night, there will be results parties in the Ward Circle Building (Rooms 1 and 2), the SIS Founders Room, and the Tavern. The library may additionally be showing returns in The Mud Box.

Now available: More popularly requested titles

We do listen to the suggestions you make for our collection. If you need further proof, we’ve now added the following titles. Many of these titles were either submitted via the suggestion box. Others we’ve just overheard people requesting and walking away dejectedly after learning we didn’t have them. Your voices have been heard! Pirates … Continue reading “Now available: More popularly requested titles”

We do listen to the suggestions you make for our collection. If you need further proof, we’ve now added the following titles. Many of these titles were either submitted via the suggestion box. Others we’ve just overheard people requesting and walking away dejectedly after learning we didn’t have them. Your voices have been heard!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – HU DVD 8644
Prometheus – HU DVD 10496
The Avengers – HU DVD 10501
The Walking Dead: Season 1 – HU DVD 10531
Paranormal Activity – HU DVD 10543
Red State – HU DVD 10548
Stand By Me – HU DVD 10555
The Last Samurai – HU DVD 10583

Win our copy of Moonrise Kingdom!

 Moonrise Kingdom showed up in Media Services today, and we’re giving away our digital download copy! For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post with the names of three of Bill Murray’s characters from Wes Anderson’s movies. We’ll pick a winner at random from our Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages. EDIT: The … Continue reading “Win our copy of Moonrise Kingdom!”

 
Moonrise Kingdom showed up in Media Services today, and we’re giving away our digital download copy!

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post with the names of three of Bill Murray’s characters from Wes Anderson’s movies. We’ll pick a winner at random from our Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages.

EDIT: The giveaway is over. Thanks to everyone for participating, and congratulations to Daniella Napolitano for winning!