Posts Tagged ‘films’

Make your own Big Eyes selfie

January 27, 2015

If you want to add a bit Odette big eyesof style to your next selfie, try the Big Eyes selfie app available on the Big Eyes website. Here is my cat Odette as an especially moving Margaret Keane muse.

British Pathé on YouTube

April 23, 2014

Newsreel archive British Pathé, one of the oldest media companies in the world, has released its entire collection of films — 85,000 films — on YouTube. The release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines in high resoluBritish Pathétion will make this historic collection accessible to viewers all over the world. “Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”  The collection documents major events, figures, trends, sports and culture worldwide from 1896 to 1976.
Read the British Pathé press release on their blog here.

12th Annual UCD Film Festival

May 21, 2012

It’s time again for the UC Davis Film Festival hosted by the Davis Varsity Theatre. The 12th annual festival of short films plays Wednesday and Thursday, May 25–26, at 8:30 p.m.

This year’s submissions include a mockumentary about a washed-up child star, a comedy where three twenty-somethings attain mundane abilities after eating a very old casserole, an existential drama about a woman struggling with her life’s purpose, an animated action hero adventure and a documentary about finding the perfect bone marrow donor.

This years finalists survived a rigorous selection process. According to film festival adviser and Art Studio Professor Darrin Martin, “student enthusiasm for more sophisticated approaches to expressing themselves through filmmaking is on the rise as they strive to master the language of a media-saturated culture. Curiosity for the voices of tomorrow’s storytellers, animators, and moving image makers should be the motivating factor to get the public out for two evenings of entertaining and thought provoking works.”

Tickets are $7 and $10, available at the Davis Varsity Theatre box office starting May 16.

To read the complete press release, go here.
To view the festival video promo, go here.

Leonardo Live!

December 8, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci will be coming to a movie theater near you. “Leonardo Live,” a HD film produced by the National Gallery in London, is a virtual tour of their blockbuster exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.” Now you can avoid the long lines for this latest blockbuster and catch the film when broadcasting starts February 16. Until then, you can view the vimeo trailer here.

European Film Gateway

October 7, 2011

Billed as “your single access point to films, images and texts from selected collections of 16 film archives across Europe,” the European Film Gateway (EFG) is a newly developed online portal that provides access to European film archives and cinémathèques. EFG currently contains over 26,000 videos, 515,000 images and 10,200 textual documents. To date, 18 collections are available, including Cinecittà Luce, Cinémathèque française, Cineteca di Bologna, COLLATE, Deutsches Filminstitut, Filmarchiv Austria and Národní filmový archiv.

UC Davis Film Festival returns

May 24, 2011

The Davis Varsity Theatre will host this year’s UC Davis Film Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25–26, at 8:30 p.m. The festival, produced by Theatre and Dance, Technocultural Studies and Film Studies, and Art Studio, gives students the opportunity to present their short films and receive feedback from faculty who are professionals in film, television, and new media.   When asked what drew them to the festival, many past and current participants noted the opportunity to see their work on the ‘big screen,’ as well as the chance to engage with UC Davis faculty in the arts. Via a pre-submission schedule, students are offered constructive criticism and help with how to take their work to the next level. In addition to student producer Pamela Orebaugh, the festival is directed by three UC Davis faculty producers: Professors Sarah Pia Anderson and John Iacovelli, Department of Theatre and Dance, and Professor Jesse Drew, Technocultural Studies. The faculty producers serve as advisors along with other UC Davis faculty: Jaimey Fisher, Film Studies and German; Darrin Martin, Art Studio; Maggie Morgan, Theatre and Dance; Pablo Ortiz, Music; and Julie Wyman, Technocultural Studies. To read more about the festival, go here; to view past years’ winning films, go here.

Tickets are $7 and $10 and will be available at the Davis Varsity Theatre box office starting May 18.

Early Soviet films on YouTube

May 11, 2011

Are you a fan of Soviet cinema? Well now you have a chance to watch some classic works produced by the production company giant Mosfilm on YouTube (  In an attempt to prevent illegal uploads of their films, Mosfilm has released 50 titles and will continue to upload 5 additional titles each week until they have streamed over 200 of their classic film. Most videos are subtitled in English with Cryllic titles.  Mosfilm has uploaded some of their classics but also musicals, fantasies, action and adventure flicks. (source: Wall Street Journal,  May 10, 2011)

Banksy at the VRF

April 13, 2011

The VRF is excited to announce the addition of “Exit Through the Gift Shop: a Banksy Film” to our DVD collection. The film was premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for best documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is the story of an eccentric French shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to document many of the world’s most infamous contemporary street artists, only to have the British stencil artist, Banksy, turn the camera back on its owner.

The VRF houses a modest collection of about 350 art-related DVDs and videos. Current faculty, students and staff are welcome to borrow films from our collection or just come in to browse. Find our staff contacts on our webpage if you have questions regarding access and circulation.

Fair Use primer

November 18, 2010

Can’t grasp tFair(y) Use Talehe concepts of Fair Use or the Public Domain? You are not alone.  Every year, more and more students are creating multimedia projects for class assignments, and frequently using copyrighted materials without any awareness of possible consequences. According to Patrick J. McGrail, assistant professor of communication at Jackson State University, we are in a “low-level crisis in copyright education now” (source: “Professors Publish Guide to Copyright Issues of Multimedia Projects”, Chronicle of Higher Education). Fortunately Eric Faden, a professor at Bucknell University, has created a video —  A Fair(y) Use Tale — to help clarify these confusing copyright principles.

Collection spotlight: Internet Archive

November 16, 2010

The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library, ‘collects’ internet sites and cultural artifacts in digital fInternet Archiveorm. Founded in San Francisco in 1996 with the goal of providing researchers, historians, the general public and people with disabilities with permanent access to digital content, the Internet Archive contains moving images, software, texts, audio and archived web pages. Here is a tiny list of some of the archives’ amazing content: the Wayback Machine (an archive of over 150 billion web pages from 1996 to now), Prelinger Archives (2,000+ ephemeral films), Universal Newsreels, Media Burn (5,000 non-fiction tapes covering historical, political and social topics) and Animation Shorts.