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From Vault to Screen: Preserving Bishop Museum’s Nitrate Films

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time 6:00 –8:00 p.m.
Online Zoom

Free with pre-registration; must pre-register to receive the link.

Panel Presentation:

  • Dr. Kealani Cook, University of Hawaiʻi—West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of History
  • DeSoto Brown, Bishop Museum Historian and Curator
  • Janel Quirante, ʻUlu‘ulu Head Archivist
  • Karla Morgan, Bishop Museum Library & Archives Collections Manager
  • Moderator: Heather Giugni, ʻUlu‘ulu Cultural Collections Specialist and Producer

 

Bishop Museum and ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi invite you to screen rare and previously unseen nitrate film reels from the Bishop Museum moving image collection. Newly digitized through a Preservation & Access grant from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, three newsreels featuring stories from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific are available to be viewed for the first time since they were produced for movie theater audiences in the 1930s and ’40s.

Thirty minutes of historic films will be presented, featuring a diverse collection of stories: Samoan dance filmed in Tutuila, Sāmoa; Samoan children pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag; a hula performed with ‘ulīʻulī; a football game between the Kamehameha Schools Cadets and the McKinley High School Tigers; surfing at Waikīkī; historic news coverage of the 1949 Hawaiʻi dock strike; and more! The films feature both live-recorded sound and original voiceover narration, and will be presented with critical commentary from Dr. Kealani Cook (University of Hawaiʻi—West Oʻahu) and DeSoto Brown (Bishop Museum).

35mm nitrate movie film, which was in use from the 1890s until the 1950s, is dangerously flammable and can deteriorate dramatically in Hawaiʻi’s climate. At this event, hear about the dangers, challenges, and opportunities cultural collections professionals experience when preserving nitrate film, and learn how Bishop Museum and ʻUluʻulu are partnering to perpetuate and share the moving image heritage of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

This program is supported by the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and offered in collaboration with ‘Uluʻulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i, University of Hawai‘i—West Oʻahu.

 

Date

Nov 04 2021

Time

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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OPEN DAILY 9 AM – 5 PM

1525 BERNICE STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I 96817