MIAP at 10 celebrating a decade of training moving image preservation specialists


Experience the many preserved moving image and sound works that are now part of MIAP's legacy; hear from preservationists, scholars, technical experts, creators and other MIAP allies; and join in on community preservation events. Email to join MIAP's mailing list for special notification of all MIAP10 events, which continue to be added. Stay posted for our MIAP10 Celebration set for April 30 2014! View past MIAP10 events here.



first class graduates


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

Join us as we honor 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 will grow our Robert Sklar Memorial Scholarship Fund – a fund which is essential to enable talented applicants from all walks of life to enter our field. Buy your tickets here.

If you can't make the party, we'll miss you! But we welcome your support through a purchase of 1-4 tickets, or you can simply make a donation to MIAP. Please give what you can; any amount makes a difference and is deeply appreciated. 

The celebration will start with a cocktail reception with delicious food at 6pm followed by lively presentations of MIAP projects and preserved film and video works at 6:45pm; we will hear from Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, MIAP faculty, students, alumni, and partners in the audiovisual preservation field. 

Left to right: The inagural class of 2005: Margaret Mello, Irene Taylor, Tanisha Jones, Huiming Yu, Jeffrey Martin and Pamela Smith Vadakan.

Past Events

MIAP presentations

MIAP Thesis Week

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

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, video games, punk & metal music, and video art, to models for community archiving, digital forensics, crowd-sourcing metadata, 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.

Ian MacKaye

Independent Archiving and Preservation: A Conversation with Ian MacKaye

6:15 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th floor, New York

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.

still from movie man standing on street

7 Million Feet of Nitrate Newsfilm Was Just the Beginning

6:15 pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th floor, New York

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, amateur masterpieces. Curator Heather Heckman presents a variety of unique films and discusses the archive’s digital-era initiatives and ongoing collaborations with MIAP.

Left: Still from The Augustas by Scott Nixon, 16mm, b&w and color, 18 min., c. 1930-1950. Courtesy of the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections.

list of movie files

managing locally-produced born-digital media content

10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013
METRO Training Center, 57 E. 11th Street, New York

This workshop will provide strategies for the ingest and management of important born-digital content, illustrating a reasonably achievable process for institutions with varying collections and resources. Topics range from: offering advice to content contributors, file structures and metadata for maintaining a collection, a variety of methods for providing access, concerns about ensuring the longevity and integrity of these works. Examples of content types covered include a university’s public relations videos, recordings of sporting events, and oral histories among others. Co-organized by METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) and MIAP with funds from the Institute for Library and Museum Services. Stay tuned here »

collage of game controllers

Pressing Restart: Discussions on Video Game Preservation

9:00am - 5:00, Saturday, September 28, 2013
NYU Game Center, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

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. more »

Preserving women's films

preserving women's films

6:15 pm, Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th floor, New York

In honor of MIAP10 and the extraordinary accomplishments of our students and alumni, this event will showcase important efforts in the preservation of women's films. Filmmaker/artist Andrea Callard will present her Super8 works Flora Funera (for Battery Park City) (1976) and 11 thru 12 (1977). Both films were preserved by students in MIAP's Film Preservation class and Bill Brand of BB Optics. Juana Suárez (MIAP 2013) will introduce Migration by Marcela Gómez (2009). Respondents will be recent MIAP graduates Rebecca Fraimow (2013), Kristin MacDonough (2013) and Brittan Dunham (2011). more »

waveform monitor

digitizing audiovisual collections: to outsource or not to outsource

10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2013
METRO Training Center, 57 E. 11th Street, New York

To outsource or not to outsource? With digitization no longer a question but a certainty now comes a whole new set of questions regarding how and where to digitize. This workshop illustrates the criteria one should use to determine when in-house digitization is appropriate for a collection, and how vendors should be vetted if outsourcing is deemed the best course. Co-organized by METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) and MIAP with funds from the Institute for Library and Museum Services. Presented by Chris Lacinak, Jonah Volk, and Julie May. more »

Let There Be Light

In Honor of Robert Sklar
LET There Be Light: A Celebration of Moving Image Preservation 

10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 19, 2013
Annette Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th floor, New York

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. more »

Left: Still from Let There Be Light directed by John Huston, film, b&w, sound, 58 min., 1946.

Home Movie Day Brooklyn

home movie day: brooklyn

11:00 am – 4 pm, Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn

Do you have reels of home movies sitting around your closet? Now is your chance to see them in their full glory projected on original equipment. Home Movie Day is an annual celebration where you can have your films inspected, cleaned, and repaired prior to projection and you can receive information about how long-term access to your films can be achieved. No home movies? No problem! Come out to watch home movies from your friends and neighbors, and win prizes playing Home Movie Bingo! Best of all Home Movie Day is FREE and open to the public. Home Movie Day Brooklyn is organized by AMIA@NYU, the Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter. more »

man at table with headphones making an recording

UNESCO world day for audiovisual heritage: surveillance

11:00 am – 4 pm, Sunday, October 27, 2013
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn

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. more »

Left: Still from Main Street, USA produced by the Sandia Foundation, 16mm film, color, sound, ~12 min., 1960. Courtesy of the New York Police Museum and the National Archives and Records Administration (Central Intelligence Agency collection).