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June 7th marks the anniversary of the launch of the EDMUND FITZGERALD, which happened in one of the Great Lakes Engineering Company’s slips in River Rouge in 1958.  

We have two rare films of this moment in our collection.  In addition to the official film featured above, we also have a color 16mm amateur film of the launch.  Both clips were recently digitized as part of our Detroit Video History Archive project.

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Harry Everett Smith. Mirror Animations (No. 11), 1956-57.

For those who were expecting this old cel to be what you got when you watched Trepanation, I’ve solved the mystery for you!

This cel was drawn the year after the short was made.  I think I was considering doing another Billy & Mandy thing for my senior thesis.  Instead, I did something else.  So the character designs had developed a little bit more by this point.  Milkshakes existed, more or less.  But this cel was never meant to translate into a finished film.  For one thing, I never would have been able to paint all of the cells needed to make a cartoon that looked like this in 1996.  And 16mm color film ain’t cheap for a college student.

So think of it more as a “missing link” that bridged the gap between my short at UARTS and the CN pilot.

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Even more everyday fashions, 1939…. now in higher quality!

Incidentally, the portly gentleman in the bottom gif is wealthy New York manufacturer and sword collector Philip Medicus, the man responsible for most of the footage that produced these gifs. The fella next to him is his son Philip Jay, who later became a well known antique weapon cartridge dealer.

1939 Fashion part 1

1939 Fashion part 2

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Harry Smith. No.10: Mirror Animations. 1957.

TONIGHT!

FREE POPCORN!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7-8pm Alumni Reading Room

Brooklyn Campus Library, 3rd Floor

THE PROJECTOR IS PRESENT:

BUCKLE UP! AROUND THE WORLD IN 16MM

Curated and projected by the MATERIAL OF FILM class, tonight is the first of a series of film screenings from the 16mm collection of the Pratt Institute Libraries this October called THE PROJECTOR IS PRESENT. In the hours before the screening, MATERIAL OF FILM students will be handprocessing titles and credits that might be spliced into the program just moments before it begins!

WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (1980)

by Les Blank and Werner Herzog

16mm, color, optical sound, 20 minutes

BUTTON, BUTTON - A DREAM OF NUCLEAR WAR (1982)

by Frank Cantor

16mm, color, optical sound, 14 minutes

MY OWN YARD TO PLAY IN (1960)

by Pat Jaffe and Edward Harrison

16mm, color, optical sound, 7 minutes

Watch Bruce Conner’s psychedelic, meditative film travelogue LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS in full on our website. Available through Tuesday July 12! Set to a score by Terry Riley, most of the footage was shot while Conner and his wife roamed the hillsides seeking magic mushrooms, sometimes joined by psychologist Timothy Leary, who appears briefly in the film.

BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, a retrospective of the artist’s 50-year career, is on view now through October 2, 2016.

[Bruce Conner. LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS. 1959-67. 16mm film (color, sound). 3 min. Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Accessions Committee Fund purchase), with the generous support of the New Art Trust. Courtesy Conner Family Trust. © 2016 Bruce Conner]