I forgot to thank the Reel Thing team for giving Reza, Aaron & me the chance to talk about the SCI-Arc Media Archive. It was an honor, and the audience couldn’t have been friendlier. This is definitely the nice part of Hollywood. I gather the video of our talk will be available online later.
As usual I left the event with a long list of movies I need to see. Albert Goldman’s Nicholas Brothers tribute was exhilarating. Besides scenes from the feature films, he showed clips from their home movies, featuring cronies like Fred Astaire, Carmen Miranda and Judy Garland. Amazing.
Lee Kline presented the saga of Criterion’s upcoming restoration of Heaven’s Gate. The images were breathtaking. I know some Kris Kristofferson fans who will need to be in theaters when this restoration is released later this Fall.
Ralph Sargent from Film Tech, talked about early television sets, uttering one of the great lines of the conference, “I don’t need to remind this audience about early color television technology ….”
[A 1938 AC television and radio, by the Murphy Radio company, designed by R.D. Russell]
Jonathan Erland introduced me to Louis Le Prince, a pioneer of motion pictures who I had never heard of. In 1888 he captured this scene in a friend's garden. And then two years later he disappeared, never to be seen again.