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Join the IDA at DOC NYC for 'Archival and Survival'

By Ken Jacobson

IDA is thrilled to be co-presenting "Archival & Survival," a daylong series of panel discussions at DOC NYC on Nov 17th that spotlights a number of issues critical to doc filmmakers in the areas of archival footage and preservation. Co-presented by the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL), the events will be sparked by a morning keynote from filmmaker and Schomburg Center motion picture curator Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners) followed by four panel discussions featuring members of ACSIL, veteran doc filmmakers and other experts in the field. Panel topics include: Negotiating Rights, Monetize Your Outtakes, Preservation & Archives, and Crafting a Story With Archival.

Filmmakers who will be featured include Sam Cullman (Art & Craft), Laurens Grant (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution), Penny Lane (Our Nixon), Catherine Murphy (Maestra), and Marilyn Ness (1971). IDA's Executive Director Simon Kilmurry will be featured in conversation on the Preservation & Archives panel and IDA’s Director of Educational Programs Ken Jacobson will moderate the Negotiating Rights panel.

We encourage IDA members in the greater NY area to register. For more information, visit the DOC NYC website.

"Archival & Survival" will cover a wide range of issues that are of importance to all doc makers. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Where do I go to go to find the best archival material for my films?
  • How and when should I work with an archival researcher?
  • What negotiating strategies are most effective in getting affordable rates and maintaining good relationships with archives?
  • How can I create demand for material that I have discovered in underutilized archives?
  • What resources and best practices exist for working with institutions on preserving my work?
  • How can I expand my creative repertoire when it comes to using archival material in my work?
  • What should I keep in mind when deciding whether to rely on Fair Use or to license material?

"Archival Survival" is the second collaboration between DOC NYC and IDA in this all-too-often neglected but vital area of doc filmmaking. The two organizations joined forces on March 31 and April 1 of last year for the first-of-its-kind Doc Preservation Summit, which brought together filmmakers such as DA Pennebaker, Barbara Kopple, and Morgan Neville, along with preservationists, archivists and industry experts for a series of panel discussions and conversations. For more information about preservation issues, visit our preservation resource page.