Fernando Birri: Mi Patria Son Mis Zapatos

Fernando Birri by Wilhelm Reinke

Photo by Wilhelm Reinke

The John Hay Library takes great pleasure in announcing the opening of the Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts.  It is an extraordinary collection documenting the long and continuing career of Fernando Birri, a celebrated and influential film maker, poet, writer, educator, artist, and theoretician.

Fernando Birri was born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1925 and is honored as the Father of the new Latin American film movement, described as a form of revolutionary or Third Cinema.  He has been a creative force in 43 films either as the director, actor, or subject. His most well-known films are Tire dié, ORG, and Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes. He was instrumental in the founding of 3 film schools: Instituto de Cinematografía de la Universidad del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina; Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas in the Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela;  and Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Tres Mundos (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He has authored numerous books on film theory and taught classes on film making around the world. In addition, he is a prolific artist working in a wide range of media from pencils to computer graphics.

The Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts contains his films, videos, film scripts, diaries, writings, art work, correspondence, poems, photographs, posters, and audio recordings.  It is a comprehensive archive of his life and work and the essential resource for understanding not only the work of Birri but also the history and evolution of Latin American film during the 20th and 21st centuries.

All of his work and creative energy has been accomplished despite, or perhaps because of, his continual movement from one country to another.  He left his native Argentina in 1950 to study film in Italy.  But he was forced to leave Argentina in 1963 for political reasons.  He kept on moving and has lived and worked in Brazil, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Germany, and the United States.  He describes his life this way:

“… I have to become a citizen of the world. And there is a very heart-rending phrase from an Argentinean filmmaker, who was killed by the dictatorship in Paris, Jorge Cedrón, which since then has come to be my motto: “Mi patria son mis zapatos [My country is my shoes]”. Life obliged me to that, so I accept it, I accept it well, and with dreams for the future. Period and enough.” (Interview by Mariluce Moura, 2006)

Kanopy Streaming Available to Brown

Kanopy streaming at Brown

The library is pleased to announce the availability of the Kanopy Video Streaming Service to faculty, staff, and students.  Kanopy offers over 8500 films, documentaries, and training videos at: http://brown.kanopystreaming.com.

Kanopy’s award winning collection includes titles from PBS, the BBC, Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and hundreds of leading producers.

In addition to being able to browse the Kanopy website, records for individual films will soon begin appearing in Josiah and the library discovery tool.

Faculty can either link directly to selected films in OCRA, or embed them directly into Canvas courses.

Updates From Around the Library (September 2014)

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The fall semester is off to a great start at the Library. Here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs:

Summer Activity in the Library

Library Summer Activity

Some might view the summer as a slow time on a college campus, but the Brown University Library remains committed to supporting users. Many groups find themselves using the Library over the summer months including: pre-college students, undergraduates, and high school students. The summer is also a time for renovation and an opportunity to install new technologies.

Here’s a brief look at some of the groups passing through the Library as well as a few of the summer activities.

    • Summer Pre-College Students: This summer Brown is offering over 200 courses selected to reflect the University’s curriculum. It isn’t long after these classes start that pre-college students find themselves in the Library.
    • Undergraduate Summer Session: About 450 students enroll in summer session classes at Brown each year. Subject Librarians have remained busy meeting one-on-one with a number of undergraduates.
    • Brown Summer High School Program: Now in its 46th year—the Brown Summer High School is a daytime program open to Providence-area high school students. Instructors from this program can often be found in the Rock Lobby tutoring students.
    • Renovations: The University Library is renovating both the Rockefeller Library and the John Hay Library. In the Rockefeller Library, the first floor computer cluster, Reference Room, and Hecker Center will be renovated. The John Hay Library is finishing up a year-long renovation of the entire building.
    • New Technology: In response to faculty requests, the Library recently acquired a “Bookeye 4” scanning station for users to easily scan books and other materials. As part of the Hecker Center renovation, a new laptop loaner cart will be added.
    • Other Summer Activities:
      • Thesis writing: Many current students—both undergraduates and grad students—use the summer as an opportunity to work on their thesis.
      • Professional development: Librarians and staff are busy attending conferences and continuing their research.
      • Student workers: A number of student workers have been hired to help with shelving and the digitization of materials during the summer months.
      • First Readings: In partnership with the Dean of the College, the Library created the First Readings website to introduce incoming students to the Brown community.

Updates From Around the Library (July 2014)

July Blog Updates

Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

New “BookEye 4″ Scanning Station in the Rock

Bookeye 4 Scanning Station

Bookeye 4 Scanning Station | Level 2 of Rockefeller Library

If you happened to pass through Level 2 of the Rock in the last week you might have noticed some new equipment near the the copiers. The new machine (pictured above) is a “Bookeye 4″ scanning station. The “Bookeye 4″ will allow library users to easily make high-end scans of books and other related materials. 

Specifications for the “Bookeye 4″ scanning station:

  • Scans up to 17 x 24 inch documents in 7 seconds
  • 400 x 600 dpi optical resolution in 24-bit color
  • 19 inch preview monitor
  • Touch screen controls
  • Integrated 2-position V-cradle
  • 2 integrated USB ports
  • Gigabit ethernet connectivity

 

Updates From Around the Library (June 2014)

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Before we get to the recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs, I’d like to announce the Library’s new eResources blog: “Wired Up and Plugged In.” Check it out for new databases, ebook packages, ejournals, and other eresources.

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Rosetta Stone Now Linked on the Library Web

The University has provided access to Rosetta Stone language learning software for all Brown students, staff, and faculty. The Library has now linked Rosetta Stone on the Database A-Z list on the Library Web, along with the Quick Start Manual. You may also access Rosetta Stone directly by using this URL: http://rosettastone.brown.edu. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact the IT Service Center at help@brown.edu or call them at (401) 863-4357.

Updates From Around the Library (May 2014)

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Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642