2019: The Year in Review

Submitted by David

Here is a quick look at events which took place last year. To review earlier years click About Us, then History.
Andrea McCarty is elected board president. GRANT AWARDS: $7,880 grant from the Maine Community Foundation Hancock County Fund for Alamo Theatre equipment. $13,000 grant from Golden Rule Foundation for Maine’s Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film, and $10,000 for operational support. Two $5,000 Endowment gifts from the Bullock Family Trust, one for the Alamo Theatre and one for the NHF endowment. PROJECT ACTIVITIES: Reaching Out to the People of Maine (Davis Family Foundation) large and small venue presentation improvements including new video projector, BluRay player, and portable sound system. Archival Moments to Go (Maine Arts Commission) publication of digitized media for display in the cinema and YouTube. Western Mountains (Betterment Fund) digitization and cataloging of western Maine media with exhibition at Fryeburg Fair, Hiram Historical Society, and the Ski Museum of Maine; see examples here. Cold storage (Morton-Kelly and Fisher), dehumidification and monitoring improvements for archival storage. ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: A is for Amateur, a particularly rich two days of international programming with presenters and content from Iceland, Cuba, Spain, the Netherlands, and North America. Symposium activities include the ever-popular lobster dinner. CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: at the Association of Moving Image Archivists in Baltimore, Maryland, “Creation of an Archival Moving Image Database for AI Research” by Jim Lindner, Media Matters, and David Weiss, Northeast Historic Film. FELLOWSHIP: Tara Merenda Nelson, Curator of Moving Image Collections at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, is awarded the O’Farrell fellowship. She is researching 8mm and Super8 film productions and their community exhibition context.