16th Edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival

Lane County’s longest-running film festival, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, opens its 16th annual edition on May 1st at the Hotel Eugene in Eugene, Oregon. This edition represents another step in the growth of this event that brings international prestige to the local community.
The five-day event offers film screenings and will also feature expert speakers, a guided tour, TAC Conference on Cultural Heritage Media, a TAC Conference symposium on the search for Amelia Earhart and another symposium on archaelogy-related podcasts, and a Saturday social gathering, and will conclude with an awards reception at Capitello Wines.
“As it grows in content and participation, TAC Festival becomes much more than an exhibition of the world’s top cultural heritage films. We design it to promote the development of cultural heritage media in the US and worldwide,” says Festival Director and ALI head Rick Pettigrew. “Filmmakers and TAC Conference presenters are coming from many countries and US states, including Evan Hadinham from WGBH NOVA, who is also our Keynote Speaker. A representative from ZED in Paris is coming to participate in the event. We have fun activities, such as the Festival Banquet, our Saturday night party, and our Awards Reception. We’re screening 23 films for the competition, a group we feel is the best lineup in our history. Overall, this continues the trend of growth in diversity, participation and just plain size for this, Lane County’s longest-running film festival. And our film screenings at The Shedd are free!”
We accepted 107 film entries from 32 countries for our 16th season. The 23 films in the competition cover a variety of fascinating subjects from around the globe: places as far apart as China and Peru and across the human timeline from hundreds of thousands of years ago in the Neanderthal era to 20th-century horrors of the Holocaust. That’s just a start. How about the biological underpinnings of human music, an updated interpretation of Stonehenge, and the discovery of a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Egypt? And we have much more!
Evan Hadingham’s Keynote Address at the Festival Banquet will focus on a big issue in producing archaeology-related documentaries: the “Caveman” problem As Hadingham himself describes it, “All too often, well-intentioned efforts have unintentionally comic ‘Monty Python-esque’ results or are influenced by hopelessly out-of-date stereotypes. How did one of the most persistent of these images, the lumbering, dim-witted caveman, originate?” Hadingham also will give a lecture at the Eugene Public Library (noon on Wednesday, May 1) called “Adventures with NOVA,” discussing the challenges of communicating science to the public in a fast-changing media landscape, with examples of some of the NOVA episodes he has worked on.
Also noteworthy among the presenters at the Conference portion of the Festival are presenters on the making of some fascinating Festival films. These include “To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story,” a powerful first-person account of the Holocaust by a 90-year-old survivor, and another on “Mosques: Art and Space,” a visually rich history of Islam produced by ZED in Paris, which is sending the film director, Bruno Ulmer, to discuss that project. Also notable is the second edition of our symposium on the search for Amelia Earhart and the media coverage of that project. This is the most diverse and numerous set of presentations in the history of TAC Conference.
Come to the Emerald City of Eugene from May 1rd to the 5th and explore the wonders of human cultures past and present in the works of skilled media producers. The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival affords the viewer a chance to experience the world’s best cultural heritage films: visually rich, technically sophisticated works which are artistically produced and as entertaining as they are informative. And it provides a forum for media producers and others interested in the genre to share perspectives and form collaborations.
For a complete list of films, presentations, activities, and other Festival information, please visit us at: http://bit.ly/TACIFF.
About ALI
Archaeological Legacy Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Eugene, Oregon, and organized to share the human cultural heritage widely through the use of cutting-edge technology. ALI’s principal project is The Archaeology Channel (http://www.archaeologychannel.org), a streaming-media Web site featuring video and audio programs on archaeology and indigenous peoples and reaching an audience of 250,000 visitors monthly.
The following is a list and brief description of the films in this year’s Festival competition:
The Birth of Printing: The Gutenberg Revolution –Medieval businessman secretly develops great new idea
The Builders of Stonehenge –British archaeologist unravels why Neolithic farmers built giant monuments
Caveirac: A Castle Regained –Medieval French castle, now hidden, comes to life through research and graphics
Churches: The Quest for Light –Christian church architecture reflects a long history and many renewals of faith
Confucius –Ancient Chinese philosopher suffers ignominy in life but becomes the moral guide for a great nation
First Encounter –By defeating conquistador DeSoto in the 1500s, the Chickasaw Nation becomes unconquerable
First Face of America –Young girl tumbles into a cave pit 13,000 years ago, leaving clues about first Americans
Ghosts of the West: The End of the Bonanza Trail –Old hotels and saloons offer mute testimony to faded past
Inhabiting Summers of History –Greek lighthouse keeper gathers artifacts revealing long history of his island
Leonardo: The Mystery of the Lost Portrait –Science examines possible self-portrait of great Italian master
Manchurian Sleepwalkers –Emigres from Harbin remember a seemingly impossible time in an international city
Mont Saint Michel: Scanning the Wonder –Labyrinthine French island abbey reveals secrets of long history
Mosques: Art and Space –Sacred Islamic monuments reflect long tradition of ingenuity and artistic refinement
Mysterious Discoveries in the Great Pyramid –New technology explores the inner recesses of an ancient wonder
The Origins of Music –Biomusicologists explore how deeply rooted musical traits have shaped the human species
Project Mosul –Computer programmers launch crowd-sourcing effort to create digital 3D replicas of lost heritage
Rock Art Project, Iraqi Kurdestan –Using drones and photogrammetry to make digital copies of ancient rock art
Roman Engineering: Aqueducts II –Computer graphics illustrate remarkable skills of ancient hydraulic builders
The Sacred Geography of the Incas –Why did the Inca build the spectacular mountaintop retreat, Choquequirao?
Sacred Sites: Petra –Newly found secrets of Nabatean desert civilization, lifeway and surprising power of women
The Titanic of Southampton –Lasting and haunting effects of Titanic disaster on people of Southampton
To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story –Man overcomes unimaginable horrors in Nazi death camps
Who Killed the Neanderthal? –Once-dominant human species was replaced by modern humans, but why?