Werkstattgespräche: Ellen M. Harrington am 06. Mai
Circulation Without Borders: Strategies Toward Cross-Cultural Access
Kino DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum,
18-20:30 Uhr (s.t.)
Ellen M. Harrington, Director of DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum since January 2018, has more than three decades of experience working for film cultural institutions worldwide. Before moving to Frankfurt, she occupied leading roles in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, among them Director of Exhibitions and Collections as well as Museum Collections Curator at the Academy’s newly founded museum. During her career, Ellen M. Harrington has curated some 80 exhibitions for the Academy and for partner institutions, and has produced over 500 retrospectives, film tributes and educational programs globally, for the Academy, international film institutions and a wide variety of film festivals. Mediating film history to a heterogeneous audience across cultural boundaries has been an underpinning focus of her career.
In her workshop intervention, Ellen Harrington will provide a perspective on topics such as the life cycle of films, from their initial release on the market to their archival presence, including strategies of refueling their circulation; professional networks and knowledge exchange in film cultural circles on an international level; the accessibility of films and film-related information for both experts and the general audience. Not least, she will reflect upon the self-understanding of a future-oriented film heritage institution such as the DFF, which under her direction has launched a multi-faceted process of repositioning its transcultural approach.
As case studies, the large-scale project PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA (pacificstandardtime.org) focusing on the history of intercultural exchange between Latin American, Latino and Hollywood film culture is notable, as is Ellen Harrington’s involvement in Tom Tykwer’s ONE FINE DAY project (www.onefineday.org).