Florida History in Motion


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ounded in 1984, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives houses over 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film. A local television news collection dates to the late 1940s, with footage from landmark television station WTVJ (first in Florida, 16th in the nation) as well as WPLG, WCKT, WCIX, and WINK. A television documentaries collection covers the topics of immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Program, presidential elections, and many more global events and trends that have played out on the Florida stage. Finally, home movie holdings of over 3000 reels dating to the 1910s bring long-gone buildings, attractions, and folkways alive for new generations. Read More Here

 

 

SEP 16 2016

Keep Your Eyes On the Road!

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Grab your road map and get ready to hit the highway! The Wolfson Archives is delighted to team up with historian and history educator Sylvia Gurinsky to present a new series of real-time interactive documentaries — “Roadside Miami!” Mixing historic film clips and entertaining commentary, “Roadside Miami” will explore the exciting, enticing roadside tourist attractions…

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FEB 18 2016

REWIND/FAST FORWARD Returns!

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It’s baaaaaaack! Rewind/ Fast Forward, South Florida’s most distinctive film and video festival, returns to the screen March 17, 18 and 19! Dive deep into Miami’s strange, seductive history! See unique news film, vintage documentaries, twisted travelogues and Miami-crafted analog art films! It’s three days of fantastic Florida film! All events are free and open…

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NOV 13 2015

“A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” at the Miami Book Fair’s SWAMP

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Come to Miami Book Fair’s The Swamp for the beer and bites; stay for a sound-and-image trip through Florida — a multidisciplinary installation presented by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and Obsolete Media Miami. Unseen films, including South Florida and Caribbean-centric home movies and amateur film…

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OCT 27 2015

Coming November 4: Media Makers’ Mashup

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In downtown Miami millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of videotape are sitting in a climate-controlled room waiting to become new media. Much of the film and video in that climate-controlled room can be searched and seen online, with more available all the time. And that same climate-controlled room can become a…

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YouTube: A Summer “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace
FEB 26 2015

YouTube: A Summer “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace

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Overtown and other predominantly black Miami neighborhoods came about because of racial segregation, but many have warm memories of the close-knit feeling of these neighborhoods. Here’s a story that records a typical “hometown” event: The George Washington Carver Branch of the YMCA’s “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace Motel, later renamed the Hampton House. This video…

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