World Records 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

World Records

April 20-21, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-hosted with the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

The 2017 World Records symposium draws on WCFTR’s Vitaphone films archive to explore the portrayal of popular and folk musics during the 1920s and 1930s. Vitaphone Project director Ron Hutchinson serves as this year’s keynote speaker and on Friday night will introduce the Midwest premiere of the recently-restored Molly Picon, The Celebrated Character Comedienne (1929), along with live musical performances and shorts from the Vitaphone vaults.

Co-sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, the Department of Communication Arts, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the Mead Witter School of Music, Mills Music Library, and the University Lectures General Fund.

All events are free and open to the public.

Film Notes | Parking and Location



Thursday, April 20  
8:00pm-9:30pm 3Banjos3 concert featuring Greg Adams, Ken Perlamn, and Henry Sapoznik (Fireside Lounge, University Club, 803 State St).
Friday, April 21  
8:00am-9:30am Keynote lecture (Memorial Library 126, 728 State St.)
  Ron Hutchinson, Vitaphone Restoration Project
10:00am-11:30am The Jazz Singer (Memorial Library 126)
  Henry Sapoznik (Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture)
  Charles Wolfe (Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
“‘You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet’; or Why Media Archives Matter”
  Greg Adams (Assistant Archivist, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C.)
"The Jazz Singer and Blacking Up: Cultural Artifact or Continuum?"
11:30am-1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm-2:30pm American Vernacular Music (Memorial Library 126)
  Dick Spottswood (Bluegrass Country Foundation, Washington, DC & Naples, FL)
“Old Sounds Abound, or Why Discography is Good For You”
  Kurt Bjorling (Director, Chicago Klezmer Ensemble)
  Ken Perlman (Professional Musician and Independent Folklorist)
“The Social Role of Traditional Fiddling: Prince Edward Island as a Case Study”
3:00pm-4:30pm Film and Audio Preservation (Memorial Library 126)
  Amy Sloper (Film Archivist, Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, UW—Madison)
“Your Family Films are Important, and Not Just to You: Home Movie Day & Personal Archiving as a Model for Preserving Amateur Moving Image Heritage”
  Heather Heckman (Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina)
“Cellulose Nitrate Preservation: Challenges & Opportunities”
5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner break

Vitaphone Rarities (4022 Vilas Hall)

The Black Network
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Darn Tootin'
Harry Reser and His Eskimos
Hot from Petrograd
Molly Picon, the Celebrated Character Comedienne