UW News

September 25, 2008

Two Special Collections films to be featured at Northwest Film Forum

The Northwest Film Forum will feature two films from the UW Libraries Special Collections on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The screening is at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. It is part of the Local Sightings Film Festival.

The films are from the Ruth Kirk Moving Image Collection, which is an assemblage of the work of Kirk and her husband, who produced numerous curriculum audiovisual materials and prime time broadcast programs from the 1960s through the 1990s.

The Tribe and the Professor, Ozette Archaeology, documents the work of Professor Richard Daugherty and his students from Washington State University as they uncover a longhouse buried in a 300-year-old mudslide at Cape Alava. Throughout the 11-year dig, the team works closely with the Makah tribe to catalog and preserve over 55,000 artifacts found during the excavation. The film was awarded a local Oscar in 1978 by the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences.

In Partnership with Time: Historic Preservation in Washington is an exploration of historic preservation efforts in the state. It includes such pop architecture elements as Hat and Boots and Java Jive, local institutions such as Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market, and examples of technological heritage, including the Snoqualmie Steam Railway and the ship Virginia V. The film also includes visits to the small Northeast Washington towns of Republic and Malo, as well as the archaeological project at Fort Vancouver and historic Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island.

The screening will include program notes and comments from UW film archives specialist Hannah Palin. Both Ruth Kirk and Daugherty are scheduled to attend and answer questions.

The films were recently preserved by UW Libraries as part of an ongoing effort to save important audiovisual documents and make them accessible to the public.

For more information, contact Northwest Film Forum, 206-329-2629, http://www.nwfilmforum.org.