Historic Films kicks off the holiday season with 100 years of archival Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years footage. From classic home movies that seem to ring true for our collective family memories to vintage newsreels of Santa Claus bringing toys to children all over the world. We also have a wonderful collection of vintage performances of holiday classics by everyone from The Supremes to Liberace!
THE BIG BEAT: THE STORY OF FATS DOMINO AND DAVE BARTHOLOMEW (working title)
Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Bernard Dunn, Sonny Jones & Billy Diamond - 1955
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we are finally in the editing phase of our documentary THE BIG BEAT: THE STORY OF FATS DOMINO AND DAVE BARTHOLOMEW
The documentary will feature unseen archival footage from the Historic Films vaults as well as interviews with both Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew and many others who were integral to their career.
The story will begin in 1920 Louisiana, head to New Orleans and end in 1962 at the peak of Fats Domino's recording career...a career that by 1962 was responsible for the sale of 65,000,000 Fats Domino records.
Many thanks to all of you who "kicked" in to help us complete this important documentary.
What's NEW in Research
WITHOUT A NET (working title)
Jerry Garcia - Festival Express - 1970
Historic Films is heading the research and clearance team on the authorized and definitive GRATEFUL DEAD documentary slated for release in early 2015. The production is already shaping up to be one of the music documentary highlights of the decade. We will keep you posted on its progress!
HISTORIC FILMS WISHES YOU
THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!
Frank Fontaine (and Fly) Sing The Christmas Song
Want a real Historic Christmas? Check out some classic Christmas performances on our YouTube channel.
What's OLD (But Good) in the Archive
Our Seasonal Showcase of Historic Films Collections, hand-picked by our researchers...
Historic Films has recently made important stock footage contributions to the following productions:
Al Jazeera America: Fault Lines
Oprah's Next Chapter: Patti LaBelle- Harpo Productions
Herzog & Company: JFK: The Sixties * The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross * A. Smith & Co. Properties for TV One: Unsung: The Delfonics
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.