AMIA@UofT had lots going on this March!
First up was our The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) screening on March 8th at the Media Commons. This woman-centric production was chosen to align with International Women’s Day!
Some fun facts about this movie:
- This film is based on a play of the same name written by Eleanor Gates. Gates founded the Liberty Feature Film Company in 1915, which is said to have been the only film company owned and managed by women at the time.
- The screenplay was written by Frances Marion, the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards.
- Mary Pickford, the star of this film, is from Toronto! Pickford (despite being Canadian) was known as “America’s Sweetheart” at the height of her film career. She plays an 11-year old in this film (despite having been 25 when the movie was made!)
- Pickford would go on to co-found United Artists along with Charlie Chaplin and others. UA was an important independent film distributor that veered from traditional studio theatre. ownership
Next up was the Digitization Workshop on March 12. This free workshop was held at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives!
This workshop was intended to:
- help participants learn more about digitization across multiple formats (VHS, cassette, CDs, etc.)
- give participants some useful tips and tricks for digitizing their own personal collections as well as digitizing in archival institutions
CLGA archivist Lucie Handley-Girard gave the workshop participants helpful demonstrations about digitizing: VHS, cassette, photographs and film. AMIA@UofT President Mairead Murphy shared her experiences with digitizing CDs.
Here are a few tips from the workshop:
- Check your archival object before trying to digitize it–make sure it’s in good shape (clean, not deteriorating, etc.) so that the digitization process won’t damage the object or the player!
- Don’t edit/alter preservation copies of digitized material! Editing may be a good idea for access copies, however.
That’s all for now!