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  • MIAP and U of Miami Preserve the Work of Video Artist Buky Schwartz

    March 21, 2016

    Buky Schwartz

    The MIAP program at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Miami’s Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies have joined forces with the Estate of Buky Schwartz to preserve the late artist’s extensive archive of multimedia works.

  • MIAP Thesis Presentations 2016

    March 28th - April 1st, 2016
    721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 648


    MIAP students will present their M.A. thesis projects, a wide range of topics such as preserving malware, the video installations of Buky Schwartz, archiving hip-hop culture, and the differences between musicals on-stage and on-screen. All sessions are free and open to the public.

  • Fall 2016 Admissions Deadline Extended

    December 18, 2015

    Washington Square Park

    The application deadline Fall 2016 Admissions to the MA in MIAP have been extended to January 15, 2016.

  • MIAP Thesis Presentations 2015

    March 30th - April 3rd, 2015
    721 Broadway, 6th Floor


    MIAP students will present their M.A. thesis projects, covering a wide range of topics such as African American home movie collections, VHS batch codes, and film preservation in Stalinist Russia. All sessions are free and open to the public.

  • Personal Digital Archiving Conference Registration Open

    March 12, 2015

    Washington Square Park

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference, which will be co-hosted by MIAP at New York University from April 24th-26th.

  • MIAP Alumni Receive 4 of 10 Prestigious National Residencies

    January 20, 2015

    Julia Kim

    Four recent MIAP graduates were awarded coveted residency positions in the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program.

    The Library of Congress, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, created the NDSR in 2013 “to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation's capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.” These funded postgraduate residencies were designed to match graduating Library & Information Science students to challenging informational environments.

    The awards went to Rebecca Fraimow and Shira Peltzman, who received their master’s degrees from MIAP in 2013, as well as Joseph Heinen and Julia Kim, 2014 graduates. They follow the footsteps of Erica Titkemeyer (MIAP ’13), who received one of the inaugural NDSR positions the previous year.

    Titkemeyer worked with time-based media at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The Metropolitan New York Library Council is implementing the NDSR in New York. Peltzman’s residency at Carnegie Hall and Kim’s at NYU Libraries both involve developing policies and workflows for managing digital archival materials. At NDSR Boston, Fraimow is documenting practices of the WGBH Media Library and Archives, while Heinen works with Harvard Library, studying obsolete digital formats.


    6-9 pm, Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 Casa Italiana, 24 West 12th Street, New York City

    MIAP 10

    On April 30th we celebrated the extraordinary ways that MIAP graduates and students dedicate themselves to making our shared audiovisual heritage accessible. They are 'change agents' transforming endangered audiovisual collections into rich assets that are accessible in digital form for re-use, education, scholarship, and entertainment.

    The proceeds from the party went to the Robert Sklar Memorial Scholarship Fund a fund which is essential to enable talented applicants from all walks of life to enter our field.

    The celebrations included presentations from Dean Tabatchnick, Michael Stoller, and the MIAP directors. Our guests included our many partners and collaborators from different cultural institutions and for-profit organizations, as well as most of our alumni. Thanks to everyone for making the event such a success! Opportunities still exist to donate to the Robert Sklar Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, please visit: here

    Description: 10 Years of MIAP students, alumni, faculty and staff

  • MIAP Thesis Week

    March 24-27th 2014,721 Broadway, Rm. 648 (Michelson Theater)


    Students in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program in the Department of Cinema Studies will present their final capstone projects on March 24-27th. From sports films, punk & metal music, and video art, to models for community archiving, digital forensics, and digitizing 16mm films-- students will present research and talk about the unique aspects of access and preservation of different types of audiovisual materials and collections.

    Schedule & Descriptions

    All lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Independent Archiving and Preservation: a discussion with Ian MacKaye | Photos

    February 19th, 2014 / NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    Ian MacKaye

    Ian MacKaye does many things: singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, label owner, and producer, amongst a myriad of other undertakings. Add to that list his role as accidental archivist of Dischord Records and the many bands of which he's been a member. In this informal discussion, MacKaye discussed archiving/preservation and his approach to the various collections he's currently looking after. In particular, the evening looked at the Fugazi Live Series, a project that grew out of a MIAP thesis into a resource where much of Fugazi's aural and visual documentation is now available online.

    This evening was presented as part of MIAP10, the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program's 10-year anniversary celebration.

  • Group Therapy: Relapse

    December 13, 2013 / New York


    The Department of Cinema Studies hosts a fundraising concert in honor of Professor Robert Sklar and MIAP's 10-year anniversary. Proceeds from tickets will go to the Robert Sklar Scholarship Fund.

  • Rediscovered Cinema: Films from the Eclectic Collections at the University of South Carolina.

    December 4, 2013 / New York

    The Augustas by Scott Nixon

    Amazing film rediscoveries keep flowing from the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC): early sound newsreels, lost European silents, Vishniac microcinematography, Chinese documentaries, local TV a, amateur masterpieces. Curator Heather Heckman presents a variety of unique films and discusses the archive’s digital-era initiatives and ongoing collaborations with NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Highlights include 35mm restorations of NYC Street Scenes & Noises (1929) and, from 1931, one of the earliest film recordings of television images. Bonus extra: media artist Bill Morrison introduces an excerpt of his new compilation film, The Great Flood, built from unique archival footage from MIRC. Presented as part of MIAP10, the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program's 10-year anniversary.


    October 27, 2013 / Brooklyn, NY

    [Main Street, U.S.A]

    The UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAVH) is designed to bring attention to the need for audiovisual preservation and and to promote community building among cultural institutions and archives. Drawing from archives worldwide, Surveillance will showcase a wide spectrum of AV materials, from re-purposed closed-circuit surveillance to surreptitiously shot amateur cellphone footage, performance art to narrative fiction work, and self-documentary “sousveillance”. The event will include a world premiere of the preserved version of Les Girls by Beryl Sokoloff (1980), preserved by MIAP faculty Bill Brand of BB Optics. Organized by AMIA@NYU, the Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter. Register here; admission with donation to Brooklyn Historical Society; students free.


    October 19, 2013 / New York

    Dan Streible

    A screening and panel discussion of John Huston's Let There Be Light, a documentary chronicling the emotional trauma of returning World War II soldiers. Banned for decades by the US Army, in 2010 the film was selected for the National Film Registry in large part through the advocacy of the late Cinema Studies Professor Robert Sklar. The panel, including scholars and preservationists, will present on the film's preservation and historical significance. Held in honor of Bob, the event will mark the official dedication of the Robert Sklar Scholarships.

  • Preserving Women's Films

    October 10, 2013 / New York

    WFPF logo

    In honor of the tenth anniversary of NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program and the extraordinary accomplishments of our students and alumni, this event will showcase important efforts in the preservation of women's films. Featuring: Susan Lazarus (Women's Film Preservation Fund) and filmmaker/artist Andrea Callard, with recent MIAP graduates Rebecca Fraimow (2013), Kristin MacDonough (2013), Brittan Dunham (2011) and Juana Suárez (2013). Screenings of films by Andrea Callard and Marcela Gómez Montoya. Curated by Juana Suárez and Andrea Callard.

  • Pressing Restart: Discussions on Video Game Preservation

    September 28, 2013 / Brooklyn, NY

    Archiving Video Games

    When saving a game, what exactly are we saving, and how do we save such a complicated form of media? Pressing Restart: Community Discussions on Video Game Preservation will examine common issues in game preservation such as hardware obsolescence, emulation software, selection criteria, and contextual information and discuss solutions to ensure long-term access to games beloved by generations of players. Organized by AMIA@NYU, the Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter.

  • MIAP Student Group Receives President's Service Award

    April 17, 2013 / Brooklyn, NY

    Award Ceremony

    The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Student Chapter at NYU, a student club founded by MIAP students in 2011, received the NYU President's Service Award for its role in engaging scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts in active efforts to save and promote neglected film, video, and digital materials , and for its service to local non-profit organizations in New York City.

  • MIAP at the 2012 Personal Digital Archiving Conference

    February 22-24, 2012 / San Francisco, CA

    PDA Conference

    In February 2012, MIAP Director, Howard Besser and several MIAP alumni and students attended the Personal Digital Archiving conference hosted by the Internet Archive, in San Francisco, CA.

  • IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) Report to ALA Video Roundtable, submitted by Howard Besser

    January 21, 2012 / Dallas, TX


    On January 21st, MIAP Director, Howard Besser reported on the 2011 activities of the International Federation of Library Associations - Audiovisual and Multimedia Section, to the ALA Video Roundtable at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting.

  • MIAP Student Awarded 2011 Kodak Fellowship

    December 20, 2011


    MIAP student, Benedict Salazar Olgado, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation, an award established to foster and support the next generation of preservationists and archivists in the industry.

  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: PRESERVING FACES AND VOICES FROM THE MARGINS

    October 27, 2011 7pm / Museum of Modern Art

    WDAH logo

    From the gorgeous 1930s pre-exile footage of Tibet and its people to the early cable coverage of the LGBT community and the AIDS crisis in Manhattan, we bring together audiovisual materials from different institutions and archives in New York City. The program is composed of short narratives, documentaries, ethnographic footage, animated works, television shows, news clips and audio recordings dating from the 1930s until the present. This is to acknowledge the power of moving images and sound to transcend language and cultural boundaries while embracing and celebrating diversity - a diversity of faces and voices that urgently needs to be gathered and preserved for us to witness and remember.

  • MIAP at Home Movie Day NYC 2011 - Queens Museum of Art

    October 15, 2011

    Home Movie Day

    MIAP students, alumni, staff and faculty attended (and many volunteered to help) at this year's Home Movie Day NYC, which was at the Queens Museum of Art this year. MIAP's newly formed AMIA Student Chapter at NYU was also present, keeping the attendees well fed with their tasty bake sale. Additional photos.


    August 24, 2011

    9/11 TV

    The Internet Archive and NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program invited scholars, journalists and students to a mini-conference to introduce the 9/11 TV News Archive. Television news coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath not only documented one of the most important events in mass memory, but structured its public perception. "Learning From Recorded Memory," a mini-conference, highlights work by scholars using these materials to help us understand how TV news presented the 9/11 events and the international response. The conference will feature a demonstration of Internet Archive's newly relaunched 9/11 TV News Archive, plus short presentations, followed by a reception.

  • MIAP Prof. Howard Besser discusses "Digital Media at the University" at Yale Digital Commons

    May 6, 2011

    Besser talk

    Prof. Besser discussed digital preservation, analog conservation, technology lifecycle, and understanding the perspective of the community and individual doing the tagging. A copy of his presentation is available here:

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  • Guests from Vietnam National University in Hanoi Visit MIAP and Cinema Studies

    April 28, 2011

    Vietnam visitors

    Members of the Film Studies Program at Vietnam National University, Hanoi toured the Cinema Studies Department, Study Center Film Archive, and MIAP Preservation Lab. The guests included: Professor Nguyen Kim Son, Vice Rector of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Hanoi, Professor Tran Van Hinh, General Director of the Film Studies Program and Arts Studies, Ms. Tran Thi Phuong Hoang, Assistant to the Consultant, and Dean Wilson, Consultant to the Film Studies Program.

  • Preservation Week at New York Public Library: Introduction to Media Preservation with Howard Besser

    April 27, 2011

    As part of Preservation Week, a national effort to educate our communities on caring for personal collections and to bring attention to the preservation work of libraries and archives, Prof. Besser introduced the fundamental concepts of media preservation at an event at the New York Public Library.

  • MIAP Alumnus, Walter Forsberg, Receives the William O'Farrell Fellowship

    April 22, 2011

    Donald C. Brown Jr. Collection

    Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to announce the 2011 award of the William O'Farrell Fellowship to Walter Forsberg. Forsberg's work will focus on the Donald C. Brown Jr. Collection of 35mm drive-in and theatrical trailers, collected from over a dozen cinemas in New England and West Virginia.

  • 2011 MIAP Thesis Presentations

    March 28-April 1, 2011


    Moving Image Archiving and Preservation students present their M.A. thesis projects, covering a wide range of topics like the preservation of newsfilm footage, archival film projection, web archiving, copyright issues, and more. All sessions run from 1 - 2 hours and are open to the public. Please follow the link above for a complete schedule.

  • MIAP Program Offers New Summer Course on Copyright and Intellectual Property

    July 25-August 5, 2011


    This graduate-level course addresses the intellectual property issues and related ethical ones that surround the management, preservation, and dissemination of cultural material (such as paper records and their digital surrogates, museum objects, film, video, and other ephemera) in collecting institutions. The course is designed primarily as a professional development opportunity for those who already work with cultural objects, providing either a refresher or an upgrade to existing knowledge and practice.

  • 2010 MIAP Thesis Presentations

    April 14-16, 2010


    This year, thesis topics consider a wide range of preservation issues, such as the aesthetic/ethical considerations of preserving experimental film works, the development of new strategies for preserving file-based video work and its metadata throughout its life cycle, and the political/ethical pitfalls associated with international initiatives that help digitize the audiovisual heritage of post-colonial African countries, to name only a few.

  • Orphan Film Symposium

    April 7-10, 2010

    Orphans 7

    The Orphan Film Symposium marks its seventh biennial gathering of archivists, scholars, preservationists, curators, collectors, and media artists devoted to saving, studying, and screening neglected moving images.

    For Orphans 7, NYU Cinema Studies is pleased to partner with its neighbor (15 blocks up), the School of Visual Arts in Chelsea. All sessions will take place in a new, state-of-the-art cinema space at 333 W. 23rd Street: the Visual Arts Theater.


    September 18, 2009


    Come meet MIAP faculty, students, and staff!

    From 10am-12pm the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program will host an Open House for all those interested in learning more about the program.

    Afterwards, you are invited to attend a special event in the Cinema Studies Department.

    Another open house will be held in Spring 2010. Please contact us for more information

  • 2009 MIAP Thesis Presentations

    April 14–17


    This past April, MIAP students presented their final thesis presentations, fulfilling one of the final requirements for graduation. This annual series of presentations takes place in the Cinema Studies Department, and is open to the public.