The following is a gust post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, August 31 (7:30pm)
All Things Being Equal 2: Shorts from the National Film Registry (1896-1953)
Of the 700 films currently on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, a significant number are not feature-length films. Shorter films–experimental, avant-garde, animated or musical in nature–also populate the list. All Things Being Equal 2 is an evening showcasing these briefer works which, thought they may not fill theaters or marquees, have nevertheless had a profound impact on the art of filmmaking and the development of America’s cultural landscape. In 2014, the Packard Campus showcased a screening of these shorter films, and this evening will feature a brand new slate of NFR titles including the 1950s Civil Defense film The House in the Middle; a cartoon by Tex Avery; a dance piece by the great Martha Graham; the avant garde works I, An Actress and Free Radicals and the “scandalous” 1896 Edison film The Kiss.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.