"The First Degree," a long-lost silent film, discovered in Illinois basement / AMIA member Olivia Babler
Before Hollywood, Chicago was a major film hub in the early era of cinema. It's where Charlie Chaplin created some of his biggest silent films. It's also where a major film discovery was made possible by the coronavirus pandemic.
Olivia Babler's painstaking work preserving films at the Chicago Film Archives is usually routine, but sometimes lightning strikes. The director of film transfer operations uncovered the 1923 Midwestern murder mystery "The First Degree" during the pandemic when she finally had time for long-neglected reels that had come from a basement in Peoria, Illinois.
WITNESS Launches New Activists’ Guide to Archiving Site and Video
This video provides a brief overview on the importance of archiving in order to prevent your video evidence from potentially being lost or destroyed in the event that your account gets hacked, your hard drive dies, or your video is seized. Archive! and the Archive Guide show you what steps to take to preserve important video evidence that can help expose human rights abuses and support calls for justice.