David Francis (film archivist)

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David John Francis OBE (born 1935) [1] is a British film archivist. He was the second curator of the UK's National Film and Television Archive from 1974 until 1989, when he was succeeded by Clyde Jeavons. Francis went on to become the Chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress (November 1991 - February 2001).[2]

Works[edit]

  • Usai, Paolo Cherchi; Francis, David; Horwath, Alexander; et al., eds. (October 2008). Film Curatorship: Archives, Museums and the Digital Marketplace. Austrian Film Museum. ISBN 978-3-901644-24-5.
  • Francis, David (15 April 2009). "Motion Picture Conservation at the Library of Congress". Motion Picture & Television Reading Room - Library of Congress.
  • Francis, David; Sobel, Raoul (1977). Chaplin: Genesis of a Clown. Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-2105-X.

During the 1980s he was the leading academic member of the team that created London's internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI).

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1990, Francis was made both a Fellow of the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society and a Fellow of the British Film Institute for his work in film and television preservation. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to film archiving and for his work on the Getty Center in the 1986 Birthday Honours.[3]

In 1994 Francis was awarded the Premio Jean Mitry by the organisers of the Giornate del cinema muto, the Pordenone-based festival devoted to silent cinema.[4]

He has been an Honorary Member of the International Federation of Film Archives since 2001. [5]

Francis was the 2002 recipient of the Mel Novikoff Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.[2]

In 2004, Francis won the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Usai, Paolo Cherchi; Francis, David; Horwath, Alexander; et al., eds. (October 2008). "About the Authors". Film Curatorship: Archives, Museums and the Digital Marketplace. Austrian Film Museum. p. 238. ISBN 978-3-901644-24-5.
  2. ^ a b "DAVID FRANCIS to RECEIVE MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD at 45th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Archivist to Present Screening of 1916 Silent Film WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?" (PDF). International Film Festival Guide.
  3. ^ a b "2004 Silver Light Award Winner:David Francis, Retired Library of Congress, Previously at British Film Institute National Film and Television Archive" (PDF). Association of Moving Image Archivists.
  4. ^ "Le Giornate del Cinema Muto - Premio Jean Mitry". Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
  5. ^ "FIAF - Honorary Members".