2015 O'Farrell Fellowship Awarded

Submitted by beminner

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to announce the 2015 award of the William O’Farrell Fellowship to Ryan Shand, PhD, Research Assistant, University of the West of Scotland. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $1,500 to support research at NHF, a regional moving image archive established in 1986. Shand’s project focuses on Counterpoint, a 1929 amateur fiction film made by Roy Lockwood. “This film was made as a student project at Oxford University, however prints of Counterpoint do not seem to exist in the United Kingdom and scholars have made no reference to it so far." Northeast Historic Film appears to hold the only extant copy of this film. Shand says, "This romantic drama features some sophisticated visual experimentation and employs a flashback structure to tell its story. It also functions as a valuable visual document of student life at an elite education institution during the late 1920s. This film is potentially very significant in the on-going process of understanding the early development of amateur cinema in the United Kingdom.” Dr. Shand’s research will “combine close analysis with a contextual study. Initially, research time will be devoted to the aesthetics of the film; specifically shot selections, narrative development and genre concerns." This close analysis will be "coupled with a concern to establish how this film fits into the wider context of amateur filmmaking at elite educational institutions in the 1920s and early 1930s; comparisons will be made with filmmaking at nearby Cambridge University, but also the Ivy League cine clubs in the United States.” You can read more about Roy Lockwood here.

The William O'Farrell Fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in research toward a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture. The award honors the legacy of Canadian film archivist William S. O’Farrell, an advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections. O’Farrell was a valued supporter of NHF and an unparalleled mentor and friend. The 2016 William O’Farrell Fellowship competition will be announced in the fall, with applications accepted through mid-February 2016. For more information, contact Brook Ewing Minner, NHF Executive Director, at brook@oldfilm.org. Northeast Historic Film (NHF) collects, preserves, and makes accessible the moving image history of northern New England. The non-profit organization runs a community cinema in the 1916 Alamo Theatre, and stores thousands of hours of videotape and more than 10 million feet of film in a cold storage vault. For more information, visit www.oldfilm.org.