NHF announces 2016 O'Farrell Fellow

Submitted by beminner

Northeast Historic Film is pleased to announce the 2016 award of the William O’Farrell Fellowship to Andrea Mariani, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Udine, Italy. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $1,500 to support research at NHF, a regional moving image archive established in 1986.

Mariani’s project, "Bridging the Gaps, Connecting the Dots: Amateur Cinema League and the Shaping of a Film Avant-garde in Fascist Italy: Networks, Connections and the Emergence of the Amateur Film Technology" expands upon Mariani's doctoral research that brought to light more than 500 films of the Cine-Guf amateur film movement. Cine-Guf was a product of Benito Mussolini’s establishment of the Direzione Generale della Cinematografia, a national ministry to promote the creation and dissemination of Italian film. In December 1934 the Direzione Generale della Cinematografia centralized all the cine-clubs, film associations, and independent cinema organizations in the Fascist University Groups (Guf).

The most eminent leader of the Cine-Guf movement, Francesco Pasinetti, the author of the first Italian History of Cinema, kept frequent correspondences with the Amateur Cinema League after a first encounter in New York in 1934. In his research, Mariani will use Northeast Historic Film's Archie Stewart Collection to explore this connection, which has been almost completely under-estimated and under-investigated. Archie Stewart (1902-1998) was a member of the Amateur Cinema League and lived in Newburgh, New York. Mariani will also make use of Northeast Historic Film's extensive collection of amateur cinema equipment from the Alan Katelle Collection in order to recreate the material technological environment of the Cine-Guf filmmakers.

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.

Northeast Historic Film is also pleased to announce significant new support of the William O’Farrell Fellowship. Thanks to a generous gift, Northeast Historic Film will be able to continue this important program into the future. The gift has been given by Jim Lindner, a friend of Bill O’Farrell and a colleague in the field of AV preservation. We are very grateful to Jim for this generous gift.

The 2017 William O’Farrell Fellowship competition will be announced in the fall, with applications accepted through mid-February 2017. For more information, contact Brook Ewing Minner, NHF Executive Director, at brook@oldfilm.org.