About the 2013 National Film Registry and NYU Cinema Studies

Among the 25 films the Librarian of Congress added to the National Film Registry today is the obscure but aesthetically amazing documentary short Men and Dust. It’s one of three sponsored films made in 1939-40 by a pioneering woman documentary filmmaker Lee Dick with her husband, the photographer Sheldon Dick.
Because the film is in the public domain, and because the National Archives preserved it, and because Dan Friedlaender and Adrianne Finelli presented it at the 2012 Orphan Film Symposium, you can watch (and download) Men and Dust on the NYU site:
Here’s the official announcement of the 2013 National Film Registry: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-216.html
The Librarian of Congress names the Registry titles after consultation with the National Film Preservation Board. By federal law (really!), NYU Tisch School of the Arts has a permanent seat on the NFPB. Our current reps are professors Antonia Lant and Dan Streible. Our Tisch colleague Richard Wesley (Dramatic Writing) also serves. Past members from NYU Cinema Studies were Ed Guerrero and the late Robert Sklar — which is reason to remind you that the department is in the midst of our campaign to endow the Robert Sklar Scholarships. A part of the anniversary celebration “MIAP 10.”
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