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Entries from September 2012

Funding for documentary films (quick post)

September 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Via Third World Newsreel, I just found out that the Tribeca Film Institute offers funding for video and films artists living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. More info here.

Categories: film · funding · video

Online film resources

September 20, 2012 · Leave a Comment

When we think of “streaming media,” we more than likely think of fun cat videos on YouTube, Netflix, or TV shows on the less restrictive networks’ websites, yet probably rarely as a library resource. However, Lauinger has paid for access to several excellent sites for streaming media…and no commercials! I have already written about Filmakers Library Online here, and I’ll highlight a couple more now.

Films on Demand has over 6000 films on a wide variety of topics (link). Under “Area Studies” you’ll find almost 140 films on Latin America, 275 titles relating to Spain if you search by title, and dozens of videos relating to Portuguese-speaking Africa. (Overall I found searching to be more fruitful than browsing, so my number of films about Latin America may be a little low.) Under “World Languages,” you will find many videos about Hispanic culture, literature and drama, and the Spanish language itself, all of which have optional or no subtitles.

A subset of the Internet Archive, the Moving Image Archive (here), has hundreds of thousands of freely accessible video/film resources. Admittedly, some of the films are of questionable value (a search on Colombia has a result described as “Camille feeding the pig in a new mall in Medellin”), but this is when it’s best to search using more specific terms.

If you need to cite these, all the major bibliographical styles now accommodate online streaming media. We have the latest editions in reference and some information online.

Finally, we have a list of several streaming resources on our Film & Television Studies research guide (link). We hope you find them to be useful, and of course let me or anyone else here know if you have any questions. I’m off tomorrow, so have a good weekend!

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Newscasts will be on Internet Archive

September 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment

My friend and colleague Maura Seale just let me know that the Internet Archive has added 350,000 hours of news broadcasts, available here. While its stated purpose is to inform the public about this year’s US elections, of course this is an invaluable service for those researching all kinds of current events. Note that there are four Spanish-language channels that are being archived as well, EstrellaTV, TeleFutura, Telemundo, and Univisión. The broadcasts also include a somewhat rough transcript of the program. For a fee, you can also borrow the program for your own use. I haven’t looked that thoroughly yet, but I’m guessing the legal agreements and fees for borrowing vary by channel or even by the particular program.

Categories: news · online · resources

Please stand by :-)

September 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hi there! No, I have not forgotten about this blog! I always forget how busy the first few weeks of school are, and some things fall by the wayside. Not that this blog isn’t important, but some things are just more important than others at the moment. But I have two posts in the works, and they’ll be up soon.

In the meantime, here is Pablo Casals rocking it out in a Catalan-French abbey:

Have a great weekend!

Categories: meta · resources · video


September 7, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Anna Simon, who is the art librarian here at Georgetown, recently reminded me that ARTstor has many resources for Latin American and Iberian art. At the time of this writing, there are over 31,000 images from Spain, Mexico has almost 38,000, and Cuba has nearly 2800, and the collection for all countries is always growing. The URL for the Georgetown community is linked at the end of this post.

While ARTstor is set up great for browsing, I recommend the advanced search, which is in really bright letters on the upper left of the homepage. This way you can search more than one place or classification at the same time, specific dates, as well as specific artists (change “in any field” to “in Creator only”.) So far I have found quite a bit of contemporary art from Central America and the Caribbean, plans and photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s design of Brasília, nearly 400 beautiful medieval and early modern Spanish manuscripts, and 150 works by Frida Kahlo. Remember to double-click on the image to see the larger version of it (I forgot at first and was a bit confused for a minute.)

Note that if you create an account within ARTstor (upper right), you’ll be able to save images, extract metadata for bibliographies, and many other useful options, including a presentation tool. These are under the links in bold towards the top of the homepage.

Also, please take note of ARTstor’s terms and conditions, available at the bottom of each page and expanded image, as well as here. These options are very important to keep in mind if you plan on using these images outside of ARTstor.

Please feel free to get in touch with me and/or Anna if you have further questions. Members of the Georgetown community can access ARTstor here.

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Latin American Film Festival at the AFI in Silver Spring, September 20-October 10

September 4, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Note!, 3/23/15: You may have arrived here because of CLAS’s Latin American Film Festival being held this coming weekend (27th and 28th). Information for that is here (scroll down): This post is about the Latin American Film Festival held at AFI in the fall.

I went to see 2001: A Space Odyssey yesterday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring yesterday. In the previews, they advertised the 23rd annual Latin American Film Festival, which will also be held there. A few titles are up now, but the official schedule has not been posted yet, and this year they are also including films from Spain and Portugal. Excellent passes and discounted tickets are available as well, so you can go for as low as $10 (a steal in DC) if you chip in with your friends! More info about the festival is here.

You’re likely very busy with schoolwork, grading, writing, researching, etc., but if you’re new to DC this school year, I recommend taking a few hours out of your week to enjoy the many cultural resources that the area offers. (Also, in Silver Spring, word on the street says that the tater tots at the Quarry House are to die for.)

The AFI Silver Theatre is easily accessible via the Red Line Metro, just two blocks northeast of the Silver Spring station. If the Red Line is misbehaving, which happens more than occasionally, check the Metrobus routes here.

Categories: events · film