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eFilms demonstrations across the world in Israel, the Balkans, and America

November 2016

​This fall, Lindsay Zarwell (USHMM) highlighted ephemeral films and frame-by-frame technology at the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) workshop in Jerusalem, Israel where experts gathered to discuss the topic of “Holocaust Archival Footage as a Historical Source: Methodology and Ethics in the Digital Era.” She spoke about details of the project in Tirana, Albania during the two week Archives in Motion workshop forging alliances and conservation among media archives throughout the Western Balkans. Application Developer Christopher Brown (USHMM) hosted the “Unleash the power of video” half-day workshop at the Museum Computer Network conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and shared intimate knowledge of the project’s open source annotation tool as well as online distribution options for video.

Ephemeral Films Project in the News

December 2015

​Read more about the project in Die Presse, Smithsonian Magazine and the Times of Israel.

“Fresh Angles” Public Program in Washington, DC

September 2015

​​Join us on October 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. for “Fresh Angles: Austria through the Eyes of Amateur Filmmakers,” a public program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Learn about our work on this collection of ephemeral films and this innovative web application. A more detailed look into the open source technology and how it was used to create the online experience will be presented at 6 p.m. Event Details

Project Extended

March 2014

HJ Gebiet Oberdonau, 1944

​Part two of the Ephemeral Films Project began in March 2014, again with the support of the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria. By August 2015, the Ephemeral Films Project website will feature another 25 films and more options to explore films by time, geography, and theme. All fifty films will be supplemented with additional annotations.

Project Launches at Austrian Film Museum

November 10, 2013

The launch of the Ephemeral Films Project took place at the Austrian Film Museum on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The program included a glimpse into the rich film holdings of the Austrian Film Museum and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a demonstration of the innovative new technology of synchronous film annotation developed especially for this project. Instead of speaking and writing about films, can one provide annotations for films, like footnotes for a text? Can one expand these annotations to include photographs and other types of information? How can we provide wider access to these films, and yet still respect and maintain the unique characteristics of their original formats? The Ephemeral Films Project hopes to begin to provide some answers. Photographs of the event.

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​Get a glimpse of ordinary life in Austria through the eyes of amateur filmmakers who recorded the Nazis taking power in 1938.

Watch historic films in a different way, with detailed information that displays dynamically alongside each scene and offers a multilayered look at this important moment in time.

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