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Rare Archives Bring Ferrari Film to Life


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“The Universal documentary feature ‘Ferrari: Race To Immortality‘ revolves around five Formula 1 drivers of the late 1950s (Eugenio Castellotti, the Marquis Alfonso de Portago, Luigi Musso, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn) who all, extraordinarily, died tragically within just twenty-two months of each other,” archive researcher Richard Wiseman says. “Four of the five died at the steering-wheel of a Ferrari, whilst the fifth was killed on the public road, having just won a World Championship for the Scuderia. Individually and collectively, their life-stories are overwhelmingly unknown to 21st century audiences, and one of the reasons for this is that very little footage of them on film was thought to exist.”  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Matthew Fisher, Miami


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How did you become an archive researcher?

I owe my career to Martin Scorsese. I was watching the 2005 Academy Awards and Scorsese was presenting Roger Mayer with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The video package mentioned how Mayer was the founding chair of the National Film Preservation Foundation. At the time I was a sophomore studying film history and theory at the University of Florida but knew absolutely nothing about film archives. I looked up the NFPF’s website and found a link to archives that had received grants, which included the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive in my hometown of Miami, Florida. I inquired about a summer internship and was fortunate to work with Lou Ellen Kramer (who is still there) and then-curator/preservationist Barron Sherer, who taught me about researching, cataloging and screeners, as well as how to clean, splice, store, transfer and preserve film and videotape.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Marianna Yarovskaya, Los Angeles


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You made a sensational debut into the film world by winning a Student Academy Award for your short documentary film, Undesirables (1999)! How did you become an archive researcher?

I went on to producing and directing TV shows and making documentary films – and yes, research. One of my first theatrical features was Davis Guggenheim’s, An Inconvenient Truth (2006), and I was head of research on that feature. I was living in Paris, France when that film got its well-deserved Academy Award, and I kept thinking about that TV anchor-boss in Moscow [I used to work for], who told me in the hallway of Moscow TV station years ago [when I told him “I am going to the library],  “What
f-ing research! You just sit down and write, you don’t need any research, this is television.” 
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