2018: The Year in Review

Submitted by David

Here is a quick look at events that took place last year. To see earlier years, click History.  

Julia Gray is elected board president. GRANT AWARDS: The Davis Family Foundation makes a grant award for “Reaching Out to Maine’s People” to acquire equipment for staging presentations at the Alamo and venues around the region. The Maine Arts Commission awards funds for video clips from NHF’s Collections in three versions: short for social media platforms; medium for Maine Public TV; long as Archival Moments in the Alamo Theatre. The Betterment Fund provides a major grant to digitize, catalog, and present 100 years of moving image collections from the Western Mountains region of Maine. We will create a landing page on our website where all content will be viewable, work with local sponsors to present these materials where they were made, and provide clips to Maine Public. The Morton-Kelly Charitable Foundation and Fisher Charitable Foundation award grants to support new equipment and upgrades to NHF’s Conservation Center Film Vaults. NHF completes the CLIR-funded project, The Woman Behind the Camera, a $322,000 effortpartners digitize and provide access to women-made films. Digitized collections highlight the lives and perspectives of remarkable women in 1,760 files, representing 61 collections and over 390 hours of video. Project Director Karin Carlson-Snider and partner Sharon Thompson, Lesbian Home Movie Project, present the project at the AMIA annual conference in New Orleans. AWARD: The book, Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960, wins the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Edited Collection Award. ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: The symposium topic is The Political/The Personal: The Global and Local Function of Regional Media. FELLOWSHIP: The O’Farrell Fellowship is given to Martin Johnson, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina. Johnson studies advertising films from NHF for his next book, The Best Advertisement Will Never Be Written: Advertising Films Before Television (1895-1939).