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Posted: 01/05/2011

Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). The archives hold ten million feet of film and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings and is considered one of the most significant regional moving image archives in the United States. The organization is located on the Main Street of Bucksport, Maine, in a 1916 cinema building, in which NHF operates the Alamo Theatre, a 125-seat cinema, presenting first run films and live cultural and community events. Northeast Historic Film is recognized as a leader in the community of audiovisual archives, working with colleagues in the Association of Moving Image Archivists and in collaborative projects.

Media Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Bucksport, ME
$34000 - 38000

Northeast Historic Film seeks a full-time Media Specialist to fill a 12-month grant-funded position. The primary qualification is experience and skill in 16 mm. and 8 mm. archival film handling. The Media Specialist plays a key role in two projects at NHF: Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World's Fair and Its Period and The Boston TV News Digital Library: 1960 – 2000.

This position reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Project Principal Investigator, Cataloger, Collections Manager, and Technical Services Manager.


  • Carry out inspection, cleaning, and repair on 16 mm. and 8 mm. film reels and create access copies for catalogers’ use.
  • Digitize and compress video. Create digital selections and still images for dissemination as necessary.
  • Assist institutional partners and workshop participants in handling film in the course of cataloging and metadata creation.
  • Prepare for and participate in film handling and evaluation training activities.
  • Compile information for reports as required by granting agency and employer.
  • Contribute to project blog.

  • Applicant must have strong 16 mm. and 8 mm. archival film handling skills and be able to assess film condition for transfer. One or more years of experience and proven skill with film to video transfers and digitization required.
  • Knowledge of digital video creation, storage, and editing. Final Cut Pro proficiency a plus. All database and Web publishing skills weighed positively.
  • The position will require outstanding time management skills and people skills pertaining to the instruction and outreach functions of the job. Organizational skills and conscientious record- keeping required.
  • Must be willing to step in and help with all departments as needed. Small staff requires a team player as well as ability to work independently.
  • OPen until
    Until Filled

    How to apply
    Qualified applicants should send letters of application, complete résumés, sample cataloging and/or relevant links. Also names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to Barbara Manning, Business Manager, barb@oldfilm.org. Questions about the position should be directed to David Weiss (david@oldfilm.org) Position to be filled as soon as possible for employment through February 2012.
    Barbara Manning

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