Historic Films
Issue #12
January 2011
In this issue...
What's New In The Archive
What's New In Production
Stock Footage Projects Of Note

Historic Films

Stock Footage Archive

Happy New Year & welcome to the latest issue of our series of periodic updates & news blurbs concerning all things Historic (Footage, that is!),
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History Makers History Makers 2011
January 26-28, New York City

We will be at History Makers 2011 conference in New York City, January 26-28 at the Marriott Marquis. Please stop by and visit us at our table in the pre-function area of the conference. Hope to see you there!
Digitization Begins
Historic Films Archive Enters New Era

After two years of on-going development, January 4th was the date that Historic Films began digitizing it's 45,000+ hour library. Historic Films' Anthea Carr, Director of the project, states: "We are currently on schedule for a late 2011 launch of a totally new public interface that will match cutting edge technology with streamlined design in our efforts to make available to our clients the most useful and relevant tools to research and order stock footage online.  In our efforts to remain competitive in a rapidly changing market, we believe that our on-going success is inextricably tied to a strong commitment to servicing our clients and our ability to exceed the evolving demands and expectations of the end-user in today's market."
What's New In The Archive
The Woodstock of the Eighties

US Festival
Historic Films, partnering with California-based SHOUT FACTORY has acquired all rights to the first tech-driven rock festival.

The US Festivals (US pronounced like the pronoun, not as initials) were two early 1980s music and culture festivals sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. The first was held Labor Day weekend in September 1982 and the second was Memorial Day weekend in May 1983. Wozniak paid for the bulldozing and construction of a new open-air field venue as well as the construction of an enormous state-of-the-art temporary stage at Glen Helen Regional Park near Devore, San Bernardino, California. (This site was later to become home to Blockbuster Pavilion - now San Manuel Amphitheater - the largest amphitheater in the United States as of 2007.)

A stellar list of the most popular acts of the day including FLEETWOOD MAC, TALKING HEADS, SANTANA, STRAY CATS, THE CLASH, THE CARS, THE POLICE, THE B-52s, VAN HALEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, THE PRETENDERS, DAVID BOWIE, THE RAMONES, MOTLEY CREW, QUIET RIOT and many others were filmed at the festival with multi-camera shoots. Some of the footage was used on  SHOWTIME and MTV specials but the great majority has never met the light of day. Besides the over 100 hours of performance footage is many hours of great early 1980s youth pop-culture stock footage. All of which has been logged and re-transferred and is available for licensing.

Preview Clip of US Festival.

For licensing inquiries please contact our research staff.
What's New In Production

Blue Monday: The Story Of Fats And Dave

Historic Music is currently in production on the definitive documentary on the architects of Rock & Roll: FATS DOMINO and his partner DAVE BARTHOLOMEW. Honored in November 2010 with a special week of concerts and conferences at the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME, the influence of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew on New Orleans R&B and Rock N' Roll cannot be overemphasized. Through recently discovered vintage performance footage and extensive interviews with Fats & Dave, fellow band mates and the likes of Dr. John and other New Orleans luminaries, the 60-year story of their amazing partnership will be told.
Cover Art for Louis Prima: IN PERSON! Louis Prima: In Person!
To Be Released by S'More Entertainment

This winter's PBS Pledge Drive program, LOUIS PRIMA: IN PERSON!, directed by Historic Films President Joe Lauro, will be released this spring by California based S'MORE ENTERTAINMENT. A longer version than the PBS program, the DVD will have additional scenes and 30 minutes of rare "extra" performances.
Stock Footage Projects Of Note

Historic Films has recently made important stock footage contributions to the following productions:

-History Channel JFK mini-series.
Alice Cooper episode of "Mad Genius" for Fuse.tv
-Harry Belafonte documentary featured at Sundance Film Festival, "Sing Your Song"
-Mel Gibson A&E BIOGRPAHY episode
Need it Now?

Need a specific shot NOW? Contact Historic Films' research staff and we will immediately email or post the clip to your computer for NO CHARGE!
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About Us

Historic Films holds an extensive library of databased, copyright cleared and digitized stock footage from 1896-1990.

Our archive contains over 30,000 different musical performances (1925-2000), drawn from the many programs and libraries owned and represented by Historic Films. Historic Films is also a leading source for archival (1895-1990) stock shots, with over 20,000 hours of copyright cleared and fully logged material, encompassing virtually every subject imaginable.

Our stock image searchable online database, online compilation reels and informed staff will make your film research fast, painless and affordable.

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Be sure to contact HISTORIC FILMS for all of your archival stock footage needs. The footage you need is just a few mouse clicks away.

Joe Lauro