Recently the Coolidge Corner Theater gave its annual Coolidge Award to “Film Restoration” but more specifically the organization that Martin Scorsese founded to restore old film prints. Restoring and preserving film prints is the same as preserving American culture. That’s a little cornball but it’s true. One of the events during our award was a panel discussion featuring ten film archivists from places like MoMA and the Smithsonian. One archivist I was really excited about was Andrew Lampert from Anthology Film Archive founded by Jonas Mekas in the 60s. It’s an organization that tries to preserve experimental films and screens a lot of Avant Gard filmmakers’ films. After the discussion, I talked with him about internship opportunities at the archive and about the work that he has done. I have since emailed Andrew for fall internships so fingers crossed! I rewrote my resume, classed it up quite a bit and wrote a very nostalgic cover letter about the importance of organizations that preserve culture. The most important piece of advice that he gave to me was, “if you have film, shoot it.” There’s no regulation for digital at the moment but it’s making a fast approach. So I have some film in the freezer. Now it’s time to shoot it.
Countdown Leader, New Resume Graphic Spring 2011