Prelinger in Oberlin

From: Brett Kashmere (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Feb 22 2009 - 08:52:41 PST

Hi all,

Greg's note about Prelinger in Pittsburgh reminded me that Rick will also be presenting a screening at Oberlin College this Wednesday, for those of you in the Cleveland / Northern Ohio vicinity. Details are below.

Brett Kashmere
Oberlin / Pittsburgh


Curated and introduced by Rick Prelinger

Feb. 25th, Wednesday @ 8pm
West Lecture Hall, Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

Presented by Pioneer Species: The CINE 323 Micro-cinema, and Viewing Positions: Contemporary Cinema in Context

As archives become aware that they too are cultural producers, they've started to push their collections out to the world. At the same time, archives have become hip - artists and makers are using archival footage in ways no one ever imagined. But lots of archival material is hard to fit into classic categories. Home movies, industrial films, found footage, fragments are easy to screen, but few are thinking about how outing archives affects screening and exhibition, and how archives' new visibility is changing these once-quiet institutions. This screening will include a
range of unusual material, including (possibly) amateur film, medical
film, Depression-era city portraits, space-age modern consumerist
hymns, and never-before-seen footage of Black Panther Party rallies in

Rick Prelinger is a San Francisco-based archivist, writer and filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation. Prelinger has partnered with the Internet Archive to make 1,970 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Prelinger has taught in the MFA Design program at New York's School of Visual Arts and lectures widely on American cultural and social history and on issues of cultural and intellectual property access. He sat (2001-2004) on the National Film
Preservation Board as representative of the Association of Moving Image
Archivists, was Board President of the San Francisco Cinematheque
(2002-2007), and is currently Board President of the Internet Archive.

**NOTE: Rick Prelinger will also be giving a noon lecture on Feb 25 at Oberlin College's Cat in the Cream, as part of Julia Christensen's Margin Release: The New Media Lecture Series (pizza will be served!). More information at:

Pioneer Species is a class-run micro-cinema, screening alternative, independent, and experimental media every Wednesday night in Oberlin, Ohio.

Viewing Positions: Contemporary Cinema in Context is a series of screenings and discussions that explore a variety of approaches to film and media practice today. Presented by the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College, with support from the Blanchard Fund. All events are free and open to the public.


For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.