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Media Log: General Humanities

May 22, 2012 | By Public Programs Staff

General Humanities


Into the Future: On the Preservation of Knowledge in the Electronic Age

Documentary

Into the Future is about the hidden crisis of the digital information age. It asks if digitally stored information and knowledge will survive into the future. Will humans twenty, fifty, one hundred years from now have access to the electronically recorded history of our time? The film features such shapers and philosophers of the Information Age as Peter Norton, founder of Norton Utilities, and Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web. This film is a sequel to Slow Fires: On the Preservation of the Human Record.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: American Film Foundation and Sanders & Mock Productions, Santa Monica, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Freida Lee Mock
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Terry Sanders
EDITOR: Greg Byers
NARRATOR: Robert MacNeil

INTERVIEWS: John Seely Brown, Michael Dertouzos, Margaret Hedstrom, William Hersey, Robert Kaiser, Paul LeClerc, Peter Lyman, Susan McMahon, Deanna Marcum, Michael Martin, Peter Norton, Jeff Rothenberg, Robert Stein, Kenneth Thibodeau, Sherry Turkle, Donald Waters

FORMAT: Video (60:00 and 30:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: American Film Foundation


Slow Fires: On the Preservation of the Human Record

Documentary

Slow Fires: On the Preservation of the Human Record examines the disintegration of millions of books, newspapers, documents, photographs, drawings and maps due to the acidic content of most paper produced since the mid-nineteenth century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American Film Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Frieda Lee Mock
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Terry Sanders
WRITERS: Ben Maddow, Terry Sanders
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Erik Daarstad
EDITOR: William T. Cartwright
NARRATOR: Robert MacNeil

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: CINE Golden Eagle; Directors Guild of America; Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Montreal; Salerno Film Festival, Grand Prix

PRINT MATERIAL: Transcript available

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 30:00 and 60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: American Film Foundation