Film Series

Archive to Screen

Sundays, November 4 + 11 at 8pm

Images Cinema Main Screen

For two consecutive Sundays, November 4 and November 11 at 8pm, archival producer and visual researcher Rich Remsberg will talk about his work, show clips, and present two of the films he has worked on recently. Conversation with Shawn Rosenheim, Williams College Professor of English, will follow each screening. Admission will be free.

North Adams resident (and Images Cinema member) Rich Remsberg is an Emmy Award-winning archival producer and visual researcher. His job is to provide the vintage film footage, photographs, and other material seen in documentary films.

You may have seen his work on the recent Netflix series Bobby Kennedy for President or Eugene Jarecki’s metaphoric roadtrip film on Elvis, The King. Or maybe the tragic sports documentaries Happy Valley and Love Means Zero, or one of the more than two dozen American Experience, American Masters, NOVA, or other PBS programs.

Whether creating an immersive atmosphere, offering evidence, or illuminating nuanced meaning, archival storytelling makes up the soul of nonfiction film.

Combing the holdings of public and commercial archives, private collectors, and his own well-stocked home, Rich’s process begins with finding the material, then working with the production for creative and editorial development, and finally clearing permission for use.

Bio:

With more than 150 production credits, Rich Remsberg is one of the country’s top researchers for documentary films, TV programs, and museum exhibits.

He has served on the faculty of the Maine Media Workshops and the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center Field School; was a frequent collaborator with the sampling-based music duo, The Books; and has been a contributor to VICE magazine, Esopus, and NPR’s online feature, The Picture Show.

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Bobby Kennedy for President, chapter 3

Starring: Robert F. Kennedy

Rich Remsberg was Archival Producer on Bobby Kennedy for President. Remsberg will talk about his work on this project and others in conversation with Williams College professor Shawn Rosenheim.

We will be showing Chapter 3 of Bobby Kennedy for President

Robert "Bobby" Kennedy led a political career that included serving as attorney general during the presidential administration of his brother, John, but he had greater ambitions. Those ambitions included running for president with a campaign that lasted only 83 days before he was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. This four-part docuseries examines the "Bobby Phenomenon" of the 1960s and the politician's continuing influence decades after his untimely death. The show features interviews with RFK confidantes and staffers, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), singer Harry Belafonte and lawyer Peter Edelman.

  • Director: Dawn Porter
  • Runtime: 63 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary, History

“Dawn Porter’s film highlights the importance of idealism, especially for leaders who are tasked with grand, big picture challenges. It shows what was lost along with Robert Kennedy while reminding us that gun violence has been a national problem for far longer than young viewers might realize.”

– Indiewire

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The Bandit

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Hal Needham

Rich Remsberg was the Image Researcher on The Bandit. Remsberg will talk about his work on this project and others in conversation with Williams College professor Shawn Rosenheim.

The Bandit is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey and the Bandit. The film tells the action-packed story of the making of Smokey, while tracing the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom and highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history. Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds’ personal archive, as well as candid interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells an exhilarating and moving story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.

  • Director: Jesse Moss
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

““The Bandit” is so craftily constructed that, whatever your feelings about Reynolds’ trademark turn as the wisecracking showoff who keeps his pedal to the metal in his Trans-Am, you likely will find yourself appreciating the actor’s self-deprecating humor, and might even be tempted to take another (or a first) look at “Smokey and the Bandit” on homevideo.”

– Variety