Welcome to the Kartemquin Films Archive Project Blog!
Over the past several years we've been taking steps to stabilize and ensure the future of the vast collection of film, video and born-digital materials that make up our archive. With generous support from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, we are in the midst of an extensive inventory of Kartemquin's audio-visual holdings from the past 45 years. From 16mm film and Beta-SP to hard-drives and everything inbetween - we are numbering and recording information from every single film can, tape case and hard drive.
Our new custom-built database will help us profile the collection by format, condition and many other criteria, so we can set priorities for ongoing archival projects to keep our films accessible. The archive is rich with examples of documentary film production history, and institutional memory is strong - we are capturing and documenting as much of it as we can.
Follow our blog as the archive team shares finds, mysteries and observations throughout the inventory. Apart from stories about the films themselves you'll see and hear about what we are doing, how, why and what we learn along the way.
See you soon,
The KTQ Archive Team: