Eastman enters fest biz

Archive will help revamp 360 /365 screening event

One of the world’s most important film archives and study centers, the George Eastman House Intl. Museum of Photography and Film, is getting into the film fest biz.

The Eastman House has struck an alliance with the 360 | 365 Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y., which is to be renamed the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival.

The org said it’s the first time a major film archive has aligned with a contemporary film fest.

The revamped event, which will run May 5-10, will include preservation screenings as well as contemporary pics. In its previous incarnations, the fest focused on women in filmmaking, tying into Rochester’s history as the home of Susan B. Anthony. It will retain that focus, as well as spotlighting contemporary pics and preservation screenings.

Jim Healy, assistant curator in charge of exhibitions at the Eastman House, will serve as director of programming for the fest. Healy has been a programmer for the Chicago Film Festival. He has been curator of special programs for the Torino Film Festival since 2005.

Healy said the plan is to increase the profile of the fest, which will include both new pics and titles from archives including the Eastman House, UCLA, MoMA and others.

My hope is that this is a festival that reminds everyone of the continuum of film history and film history’s relation to the films of the present,” he said. Healy, who has programmed the Eastman House’s film screenings since 2001, points to an upcoming series that includes “The Hurt Locker” and other Kathryn Bigelow films. Project also includes a 1949 pic about WWII demolition experts, “The Small Back Room,” from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger as an example of tying contempo pics to classics.

We’re also hoping to work with contemporary filmmakers and have them tell us what films from the past are connected to their films,” said Healy.

Independent filmmaker Linda Moroney, managing director of 360 | 365, will also be part of the fest’s leadership team.

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