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Moving History Archival Resources for Visual Artists [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Moving History Archival Resources for Visual Artists [In-Person Only]
Sun May 29: 4.30pm PDT

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Series - Moving History

Moving image material digitized at MIPoPS is available for artistic use!

MIPoPSs work is primarily about preserving fragments of history held on fragile magnetic media, but theyre not exactly all work and no play! We encounter lots of interesting content as we pore over boxes of tapes from local collections, and often find ourselves thinking Someone should use these in a music video! or This NEEDS to be in a documentary. Luckily, many of the organizations whose materials we process are open to proposals from artists of all stripes to find creative applications for their content.

This showcase is a compilation of home movies and news station ephemera that have been digitally re-edited and/or re-scored by NWFF and MIPoPS staff. All of these films have screened in livestreams throughout NWFFs pandemic closure, but  that  doesnt count. We want you to see them on the big screen! The star film of the evening is a perfect segue into Seattles summer months: Parks, Pleasant Occasions, and Happiness (1977) is a 16mm sonnet to a Seattle that glistens with sweat and sunscreen, set to music by NWFF Technical Director Brenan Chambers and his Plant Lab bandmate Owen Whitcomb. NWFF/MIPoPS Communications Manager Paul Siple has also contributed a video that wantonly mashes together Betacam SP footage of the foliage at Seward and Frink Park, introducing unnatural washes of color from video feedback throughout.

The Fine Print:
All moving image materials digitized at MIPoPS are owned by and housed at participating local archives, not MIPoPS. For any recording you find in MIPoPSs Internet Archive collection that youre interested in using, please review the rules regarding permission to use and licensing fees (if applicable). If you have any questions about a particular institutions regulations, please contact them directly; licensing and contact information is included at the bottom of each record description on Internet Archive.

Generally, the only citation info youll need to use Participating Institutions material can be found on each individual videos listing, whether on MIPoPSs Internet Archive page or the Seattle Municipal Archives site. Share what you make with them or ask clarifying questions at info at mipops dot org!


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Cara Mia Harris at caramia@nwfilmforum.org

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