[Frameworks] National Film Registry & Mary Ellen Bute

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 28 2010 - 21:12:20 PST

Mary Ellen Bute's short abstract animated film Tarantella (1940) has also been included in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This is well-deserved recognition of Bute's work.

An annual list is chosen of 25 films considered to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
The Library of Congress press release describes the film as a "color, avant-garde short film created by Mary Ellen Bute, a pioneer of visual music and electronic art in experimental cinema."

Some of you may have seen a 16mm print of this film in one of CVM's recent film series at The Guggenheim Museum, New York, or in our traveling Bute Retrospective program.

For those interested in learning more about Bute, visit the Mary Ellen Bute Research pages at

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music
cvmaccess (at) gmail.com

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