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  1. Talking Shop: Preserving Film History

    "If film history has proved anything, it's that work that was deemed very important fades into obscurity, and work that was totally ignored becomes very important," says Jake Perlin, moderator of this panel on the importance of restoration and preservation. It's impossible to predict what will be considered an influential work in the future, and sometimes things get lost to time.

    This round-table we hosted a few weeks back features five panelists on the subject of highlighting forgotten works. The panelists also shared clips from the works themselves, including:

    • A lost Oreo commercial (at 7:26
    • A film about a Brooklyn neighborhood as it was in 1984 (at 12:56
    • Forgotten classics of African-American cinema (at 24:17), 
    • The unfinished insanity of low-budget director James Bryan's last film (at 35:27)
    • Director Kelly Reichardt's first film River of Grass (at 43:38)
    • German exploitation classic Bloody Friday (at 51:55)

    Featured speakers are Elijah Drenner of Subkultur, Christopher Allen of UnionDocs, Zack Carlson of Bleeding Skull, Bret Wood and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) of Kino Lorber, Debra McClutchy of Oscilloscope Labs, and Jake Perlin of Cinema Conservancy (as moderator).

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  2. How Do You Do ... A One-Page Zine? (This post comes with a one-page zine!)

    "What Was Your First Zine?" Click here to download, print, and fold

    Zines are skinny publications, usually self-made and self-published, with a smallish circulation. The purpose of zines is not profit but the communication of an idea about music, art, philosophy, whatever — many are distributed for free at zine fests and shows, or sold for a buck or two at bookstores. They exist primarily in print, and they feel very immediate. Many are cut and pasted together, then reproduced on a copy machine (sometimes in the dead hours of a campus library, or while holding up the line at a Kinko's store, or, speaking from personal experience, as quickly as possible on your last day at a corporate job).

    The best thing about zines is that they're not beholden to anything. You can run off a zine on any topic, and make as many (or as few) as you choose. Zines have always been connection-makers, ever since their inception, and all the zines we've loved best have felt like a cool friend who's talking directly to us.

    An easy way to try your hand at zine-making is to print up a one-page zine. It's awfully simple: you just fold your page into eighths, make one neat scissor cut, and you're ready to go. Watch the video above to see how it's done. And if you ever need a layout refresher, just look here:

    Better still? We asked a few of our zinemaker friends about their first experiences with the medium, and put their thoughts together in a little one-page zine made just for you. Here's a PDF — all you need to do is print it out and fold it up. If you like what you end up with, well, maybe you'll be pressing your own one-pager into a new friend's hand soon enough. 

    Gina Abelkop, Michael Barnes, Elly Blue, Suzy Exposito, and Tommy Pico all contributed words and/or art to our zine.

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