Issue #17
March 2012

In this issue...
What's New In The Archive
What's OLD (But Good) In the Archive
Stock Footage Projects Of Note
Historic Films is  the most comprehensive online source for licensing stock, musical performance and entertainment footage.

Welcome to the latest issue of our series of periodic updates & news blurbs concerning all things Historic (Footage, that is!).

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Its been a very busy start to the year here at Historic Films.  As we continue to bring new material on-line every day and dig deeper into our archival vaults we are re-discovering some great performances in some great collections that we would love to share with you. 

Over the next few months we will be showcasing different collections in our Newsletter that Historic Films has owned or represented throughout our 20 year history... Stay tuned and we hope you enjoy!

 What's NEW in the Archive

Sidney Family African American Home Movies

We are proud to announce our acquisition of over 15 hours of home movies shot by the Sidney family during the 1970s and 
Sidney Family Home Movie
Sidney Family Home Movies 
1980s. This remarkable collection offers a glimpse of middle class African American family life from the later part of the 20th century. Vacation time, holidays and other family events are all captured in this collection.

The films were originally shot in Polaroid's short lived Polavision Instant Home Movie system launched in 1977. Unlike other motion picture film stock of the time, Polavision generated color using an additive process. It consisted of a black and white film base with a three color filter layer.

Obama: The lost Interview

With election fever in the air we wanted to bring back some attention to our remarkable 1993 interview with a very young Barack Obama. This obscure 12 minute interview was unearthed by filmmaker Stuart A. Goldman, who used only a small portion of it in his documentary "Becoming Barack". Most of this interview has never been released.
President Barack Obama - 1994 

Historic Films is proud to announce the exclusive representation of this complete, rare and important early glimpse at the future President.

For licensing inquiries please contact our
research staff
What's OLD (But Good) in the Archive
Our Monthly Showcase of Historic Films Collections, hand-picked by our researchers...

Rollin' on the River 


In the fall of 1971 Kenny Rogers & the First Edition became hosts of their own television series, Rollin' on the River (later shortened to Rollin').  

Kenny Rogers - 1972 

It was a successful variety show that  was taped in Canada. It geared itself towards rock, blues, and folk performers and groups. Unlike other variety shows of the time that featured show tunes and Vegas style performances, this series focused on harder-edged guests like Ike and Tina Turner, Blues legends like Bo Diddley, and up and coming performers like Jim Croce.



Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)


Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) is Denmark's oldest and largest media company. This collection covers everything from the Danish Royal  

Jim Morrison - 1968

family and hard news to some of the greatest music performances ever put on film: From intimate television performances by Johnny Cash, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis to the legendary Rothskilde Festival with bands like The Cure, U2, Lou Reed and Nirvana.




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                             Stock Footage Projects Of Note

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

National spot for Macys (J. Walter Thompson)  
Judd Apatow's "This is 40" for Universal Pictures  
Shout! Factory's "The History of Mel Brooks Part One"

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
President / CEO