The Right Footage

‘Stranger Fruit’: How New Footage Changed a Narrative

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Photograph of 18-year-old Michael Brown before he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson (Common Dreams)

Before last Saturday, the Michael Brown case was already a big pill for Americans to swallow.  Another young black man was left dead in the streets by police and most of the world had come to accept the fact that Darren Wilson had gotten away with murder but also that Michael Brown could’ve possibly committed a robbery.  That is, until filmmaker Jason Pollock released the biggest mic drop this year in the form of hidden footage at SXSW.  His documentary Stranger Fruit features damning footage that somehow had not made its way into public view until now.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Montserrat Bailac, Barcelona

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How did you become an archive researcher?

Before I started working for the Archives of the Catalan TV in Barcelona, I worked in libraries. In fact, I didn’t even know this job existed. By working in TV I started learning about cataloging images, researching in databases and other subjects related to videotapes. After some years I started collaborating with different program teams who were trying to locate footage they needed for their productions. This has been my job ever since.  (more…)