Sent: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 08:56:27 -0500
Subject: Folkstreams - documentary films online
Folkstreams, the Best of American Folklore Films, is a group of
individuals and agencies (including the Alabama State Council for the
Arts) seeking to preserve documentaries that capture American folklife.
The films are available online --and would be useful for instruction in
a number of academic programs. Many of these documentaries were in
danger of being lost forever because they were created and marketed for
a local audience. Before Folkstreams can format this for online access,
they usually have to undertake expensive conservation/restoration
efforts to make them usable.
I am going to spend any vacation days I have just watching these!
Find rare films by independent filmmakers on diverse topics such as
music (blues, roots, klezmer, gospel, playground songs, and more),
outsider art, folk crafts (such as quilting and basketmaking), folk
dance, religious experience, storytelling, and more. The site also
includes transcripts, essays, and background information for many of the
films. This not-for-profit venture is funded in part by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19229