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The Library of Congress Remembers Its Own: Larry Miller

Even if you have been to the Recorded Sound Research Center of the Library of Congress in person, most of you never met Larry Miller, a longtime staff member of the section who died suddenly on September 26th. But if you have used the Library’s recorded sound holdings in some way, whether as a researcher […]

Looking (and Looking Again) at Black Film History

This is a guest post by Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago and Cara Caddoo, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. While recent decades have seen a proliferation of films written, directed, and produced by African Americans, the legacy of […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (October 7 – October 8, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) Be warned:  Not all monsters look like monsters.  At least not this month at the Packard Campus Theater as we look at “Monsters Among Us.”  Sometimes, you see, they are just cute and cuddly (and animated).  But sometimes, they look […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — October 2022

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. Pordenone Silent Film Festival:  Pordenone, Italy THE […]

When Shawn Found Joni

Since the start of her own illustrious career as a singer and songwriter, Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin has noted the important role that Joni Mitchell has played in inspiring and influencing her. Back in 2007, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry welcomed Mitchell’s 1972 album “For the Roses” to its esteemed ranks.  Knowing of Ms. […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (September 30 – October 1, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) As September fades into the October, the Packard Campus Theater finishes with the “future,” and looks at various “Monsters Among Us.”  But, first, we embrace the “silents.”   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @ 7:30 p.m. “The Song of Life” (Associated First […]

“The Court of Human Relations”: A Pioneer of Reality TV

Though titled “Court of Human Relations,” this obscure, 1959 NBC-TV daytime program was far less “Judge Judy” than a more emotional “Meet the Press.” “Court” had begun on radio, the brainchild of its producer/host A.L. Alexander, and had the lofty goal of bringing the process of mediation to the media while also paying tribute to […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (September 23 – 24, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) The Packard Campus Theater’s look at the “future” continues this weekend with the following films. “Akira” (Friday, September 23, 2022; 7:30 pm) Tokyo is all but destroyed in a third World War. What does it look like thirty years later? […]