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RAYE FARR Lecture -TICKET Registration opens 1st April

19 May 2015

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ

“Moving Images”

FOCAL International and RTS London will present the next annual Jane Mercer Memorial lecture 19th May 2015, this year given by Raye Farr, whose work - from film researcher on The World at War to Director of the Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum - has helped set new standards of accuracy and authenticity for those working with archival film. Her illustrated talk,"Moving Images", will span 45 years of work in film archives, documentary television and a world class museum, bringing 20th century history to a vast public.

Tuesday 19th May 2015 at Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ
6.30pm - 9.30pm.
Tickets are free to members and colleagues.
Registration will be via the RTS London website from 1st April 2015 on a first come basis.





Raye Farr joined the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum after more than twenty years in documentary television production and historical film research, much of it focused on World War II and 20th century European history. Her work has been seen in many television documentary series, including:

The Struggles for Poland, Producer
A Different World: Poland’s Jews, 1919-1943
World at War 
Hitler’s Germany 3-hr special, Producer
World at War Film Researcher, 26 hr series
China in Revolution Archival Film Consultant, 3-hr series
Stalin Archival Film Consultant, 3-hr series
Vietnam – a Television History Archival Film Consultant, 13-hr series
The Nuclear Age Archival Film Consultant, 10-hr series
Heritage – Civilization & the Jews Director of Film Research, 10-hr series
Hollywood – the Silent Years Associate Producer, 13-hr series

In 1990, she became director of the museum’s Permanent Exhibition and led the team responsible for the micro-design and production of the museum’s major exhibition area, supervising the departments of research, design, oral history, photo and film archives, and film production. She and her colleagues received the 1995 Presidential Design Award for the Permanent Exhibition’s Excellence in Design.

After the 1993 opening of the museum, she oversaw the establishment and expansion of the museum's Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive, which she directed until her retirement in October 2013. She now serves as a consultant to the museum's National Institute for Holocaust Education and the Office of Collections.

She led the museum's acquisition and preservation of roughly 250 hours of outtakes from Claude Lanzmann's 1985 film, SHOAH, by the Film and Video Archive, arguing successfully for the investment of major financial and staff resources in the restoration of thousands of film fragments and the film-to-film preservation of unique interviews and location filming by Lanzmann and his distinguished production crew. Original camera negatives and audio recordings have been rescued and restored, the content catalogued and digitized, production transcripts made electronically accessible, and all materials made accessible for public use.

Raye Farr was a co-producer of One Survivor Remembers – an HBO / USHMM production honored with a 1996 Academy Award as Best Short Documentary and a 1995 Emmy Award as Outstanding Informational Special. The film was based on an interview originally done for Testimony, the film that concludes the museum’s Permanent Exhibition. Awards to the exhibition’s audiovisual productions include: NY Film Festival’s Gold Medal and AAM’s Silver Muse Award for Testimony. Gold Hugo (Intercom ’93), International Monitor Awards Best Director, and AAM’s Muse Award for American Responses. Cine Golden Eagle for Nazi Rise to Power, American Responses, and Testimony.

She speaks fluent French and German, and has specialized in archival film history and research in film archives worldwide since graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio. She lived in England for many years, working with Granada Television and Thames Television, where she was one of two primary film researchers on World at War, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. The series received an Emmy Award, the George F. Polk Award, and the Peabody Award.

Selected production work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

The Path to Nazi Genocide, 38 minute video for educational use, 2013. Writer director, narrator. Translated by the United Nations and subtitled in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish; made available in 63 countries by the United Nation Information Centres. Soon to be available in Hungarian, Persian, Polish and Turkish.

State of Deception:The Power of Nazi Propaganda, Special Exhibition, historical film adviser.

The Nuremberg Trials: What is Justice? 30 minute video display summarizing the IMT and subsequent trials in Nuremberg.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, Special Exhibition, 5 video productions including Survivor testimony.

American Responses to the Nazi Bookburnings, Special Exhibition, 5 video productions.


“Some Reflections on Claude Lanzmann’s Approach to the Examination of the Holocaust,” in Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television since 1933, Toby Haggith and Joanna Newman, editors (Wallflower, 2005).

“The Stronger the Light, the Deeper the Shadow: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC,” in Die Zukunft der Vergangenheit / The Future of the Past: How should the history of the Third Reich be transmitted in museums and memorial sites in the 21st Century? (Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, 2000).

“The Use of Photographs as Artifacts and Evidence,” in Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust Through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts, Robert Moses Shapiro, editor (KTAV Publishing House Inc, 1999).

“Film Research for World at War,” Journal of the Society of Film and Television Arts, London, 1974.

Selected Lectures & Conference Presentations:

“Filmmakers for the Prosecution: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg and the Nuremberg Trial,” US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 29 November 2005

“Opening the Lens, Turning a Blind Eye,” International Association for Media and History XXI Conference, 20 July 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio.

“From Here to Eternity,” Preservation of the Julien Bryan Collection, New York Film and Video Council Film Preservation Program, 29 March 2005, New York, NY.

“Rediscovering Evidence: How Do We Say What We See?” 12 November 2004, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

“Film as Propaganda, Film as Evidence, Film as Artifact – Warsaw Ghetto Footage from the Library of Congress,” Belfer Teachers Conference, 8 July 2002, Washington, DC.

“The Ethics of Using Personal Films in Public Ways,” 9 November 2001, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

“Experience/Artifacts/Footage/Documents: A Holocaust Documentary from the Archives,” 4 Nov 1999, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

“Trauma: A New Narrative,” Roundtable, 7 Nov 1998, District of Columbia Psychological Association, 21st Annual Conference, Washington DC.

“The History of Traditions and Memory,” 13 April 1998, National Museum of American History’s public history lecture series, Washington DC.

“The Art of Film and Video Research,” panel chair, 19 Nov 1997, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Washington DC.

“Holocaust: The Museum Audience,” 3 October 1996, The Story of the Century: An International Newsfilm Conference, London, England.

“European History in Washington DC: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,”
19 October 1995, The Lothian European Lectures 1995 - 96, Edinburgh, Scotland.

“100 Years of Film,” Centennial Luncheon Address, 13 October 1995, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

“The Boundaries of Memory: Creating and Shaping the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” 31 March 1995, Orgn. of American Historians, Washington DC.

“Communicating About Difficult Issues in the Museum Environment,” 7 May 1994, 5th Annual National Museum Publishing Seminar, Washington DC.

Selected Interviews:

Spring Films: “Night Will Fall” (2014)

WETA-Television: “For the Living” (1993), on the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Discovery Channel: “The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions” hosted by Walter Cronkite (1993)

The Documentary Conscience: A Casebook in Film Making, Alan Rosenthal, (University of California Press, 1980). Interview with R.Farr, pp 76-88.

Cineaste, Vol.IX, No.2, Winter 1978-79. Re. film research on ‘World at War’ TV series.