Instagram Takeover

Posted by on Dec 11 2013 | Other

Last week, we decided to change things up a bit on Instagram. Taking a break from our own behind-the-scenes photos from around the museum, we handed over the keys to visiting artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman for our first Instagram Takeover.

A few days before their lecture as part of our Wish You Were Here series, the takeover week began with Larson and Shindelman posting photos and videos related to trending hashtags.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

As the week went on, Larson and Shindelman used our Instagram account to document their travels to Eastman House for their lecture on December 5.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

And when they arrived at the museum, they captured many scenes from deep inside the Department of Photography.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

In the end, the takeover was a great success! It gave our followers an opportunity not only to engage with contemporary artists connected to the museum, but also to experience a unique view of Eastman House! To see all of their photos, follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/EastmanHouse

Thanks to Nate and Marni for testing out this new concept. Stay tuned in January for our next takeover by a photographer currently featured in our exhibition Astro-Visions.

Rachel Pikus is the Manager of Online Engagement at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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Too Much Johnson U.S. Premiere Preview

Posted by on Oct 16 2013 | Motion Pictures, Other

Last Wednesday, October 9, staged the long awaited world premiere of Too Much Johnson at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, northern Italy. As a long time attendee of the festival, fan of the work of Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre, and having had the honor to work at the preservation of Too Much Johnson, it was hard for me to stay away from Le Giornate this year. So I took the opportunity to travel to my native Italy and enjoy the event.

It is difficult to think about a better venue for the first screening of this long-believed- to-be-lost 1938 slapstick silent film. Not only is Pordenone  the city hosting the world’s leading international silent film festival, defined by its aficionados as “the best film festival in the world,” but it is the very same place where a nitrate print of Too Much Johnson was recently discovered and brought out of the shadows. The inventive pen of a novelist could have hardly created a happier – and more surprising – ending.

When lights went off on Wednesday evening in a packed Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, an international audience of film scholars, historians, archivists, and simply film lovers, joined for the occasion by a varied crowd of journalists and Welles enthusiasts, was finally able to enjoy the explosion of vitality brought on the screen by the whole group of the Mercury Theatre and in particular by the stunning performance of young and extremely promising Joseph Cotten.

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Images on screen were accompanied by an English live commentary by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator of George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, introducing the audience to the world of Too Much Johnson. The commentary, integrating research conducted by the Motion Picture Department during the past few months, seems to pave the way for a new mode of presenting images that have reached us in a somewhat raw state, and consequently might need to be contextualized to be fully appreciated by an audience. And the audience of the festival was well aware of the privilege of being the first ever seeing Too Much Johnson, since the film was never completed by Orson Welles and shown in public before.

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No wonder that request for tickets was so high that the festival organizers had to add to the calendar two extra screenings with Italian live commentary provided by Paolo Cherchi Usai and myself. All three screenings of Too Much Johnson have been accompanied at the piano by Phil Carli, with music especially composed for the film.

Tonight’s U.S. Premiere at George Eastman House will bring again on stage a unique combination of images, music and expert commentary. Something to definitely be looking forward to.

 

Daniela Currò is a Preservation Officer in the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join Us This Saturday At The Photo Finish 5K

Posted by on Sep 30 2013 | Other

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This Saturday, October 5 is George Eastman House’s 3rd annual Photo Finish 5K. As a runner and Eastman House’s newest employee, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this race because the event is far from your typical 5K. If you haven’t registered yet, here are five reasons why you should consider joining us at the starting line Saturday morning:

1. 65+ Charities Represented

This race is about Mr. Eastman’s wish to make Rochester the healthiest and best place in the world to live and work. In just two years this event has raised over half a million dollars for more than 60 area non-profits. This year, more than 80 teams have registered and raised $140K+ for more than 65 organizations and they are still going strong. You can still join one of the existing teams, or start your own!

2. 3.1 Miles of Beautiful Scenery

Whether you are a walker, runner, or supporter, this course through the Neighborhood of the Arts never disappoints. Starting and ending at Eastman House, the course is designed to bring you by many other great Rochester organizations including the Memorial Art Gallery, Red Cross, School of the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Boy Scouts of America, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

3. Prizes For Speed AND Philanthropy

There really is something for everyone when participating in the Photo Finish 5K.

  • If speed is your thing, first, second, and third place male and female prizes will be given in 8 age categories. In addition, top male and female finishers receive $100 to go to his/her favorite charity.
  • If fundraising is more your strength, teams that raise the most money for their chosen non-profit will win EXTRA prize money based on five different categories.
  • And if you show up on race day with the most spirit, there is a very special prize for that, too, called the Crosby Spirit Prize.

 4. Post-Race Activities

Crossing the finish line is just the beginning of the fun. Your race registration gives you access to FREE post-race activities at Eastman House including admission to the Museum, food and drinks, massages from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and a photo booth to capture shots of you and your friends.

5. 5K Cultural Pass

Your Photo Finish 5K entry also includes something that no other race has, a Cultural Pass for one free admission to some of Rochester’s cultural gems, including the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Strasenburg Planetarium, and the Rochester Philharminic Orchestra. What a better way to celebrate your support for the Rochester community!

Ways to get involved…

Register to walk/run here: http://photofinish5k.eastmanhouse.org/

And if you are looking for ways to support Eastman House, please check out the following teams raising money for various projects around the Museum:

 

 

Rachel Pikus is the Manager of Online Engagement at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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King of B-movies – Roger Corman

Posted by on Sep 12 2013 | Motion Pictures

Director’s note via Films & Events 9/10, 2013

The Intruder (1962)

The Intruder (1962)

The George Eastman Award for distinguished contribution to the art of film was established in 1955, and was the first award by an American film archive to honor artistic work of enduring value. In bestowing this honor, we recognize individuals who have enriched the field of motion pictures. Legendary recipients have ranged from George Cukor and Fred Astaire to Martin Scorsese and Meryl Steep.

This year’s award, being presented to Roger Corman on November 2, marks our belated embrace of independent cinema. Far surpassing his reputation as the undisputed king of B-movies, Corman has had an enormous impact on both independent and mainstream cinema over the past six decades. He is the paragon of the independents.

Best known for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)—said to have been filmed in just two days—and his Edgar Allan Poe cycle starring Vincent Price, Corman has had a long career as a director of groundbreaking and entertaining films. He fearlessly approached every subject he covered, from monster movies and gangster films to psychedelic drugs and burgeoning countercultures.



In 1962, he made the only feature film about the civil rights movement to be made during the civil rights movement: The Intruder, starring William Shatner, which was shot on location in the Deep South.

Corman’s dedication to independent film production quickly set him apart from other producers and directors in the 1950s and 1960s. Having produced more than 550 films, Corman is known for working with incredibly small budgets and in short periods of time. The films he produced and directed in the 1950s for American International Pictures were highly successful, low-budget features—the kinds of films he has continued to make and support throughout his career.

With a famously sharp eye for talent, Corman is credited with having discovered some of the most remarkable actors and directors of the last five decades. He fostered the careers of Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and James Cameron, among many others.

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Corman was a sympathetic and accessible mentor, often giving those with little or no experience opportunities to direct or star in his films.
Corman’s sense for great cinema has reached far beyond his own productions. In the 1970s, he brought to American audiences foreign-language films that were ignored by major distributors.

New World Pictures, the company that Corman founded with his brother in 1970, distributed not only a slew of Corman’s own films, but also masterpieces by auteurs such as Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and François
Truffaut, as well as important works by less well-known foreign directors.

As director, producer, mentor, and distributor, Roger Corman has helped to define motion pictures. Join us in celebrating a true American independent as we honor Roger Corman for his exceptional career and tremendous contributions to cinema.

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Ron and Donna Fielding Director Dr. Bruce Barnes

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Focus 45: Nick Brandreth

Posted by on Aug 29 2013 | Photography

Lisa Kribs-LaPierre is the former Manager of Online Engagement at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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