GME Presentations at AMIA 2010 Conference, November 2-6, in Philadelphia


In 2010, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) will come together for the first time in a joint conference: November 2-6, Philadelphia, PA.

GME is represented at two of this year’s Conference Events:

Friday - November 5                                                                                                 7:30pm - 10:00pm                                                                                             International House Theater

Archival Screening Night

Archival Screening Night is the traditional centerpiece of AMIA's annual conference.  It is a unique snapshot new preservation work, footage from recent discoveries and curatorial discoveries.  Submissions are drawn from for-profit and non-profit institutions, and individual members and we work with host venues to support the full range of film and electronic formats submitted.

The Lady and the Stock Exchange (1962)                                                           Institution:  Gartenberg Media Enterprises                                                               Presenter:   Jon Gartenberg

    This film is particularly relevant given the current financial crisis.  Sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange, it dates from the prosperous Eisenhower-Kennedy era.  The film stars Janet Blair and Eddie Bracken as a couple making their first purchase of stock.  A revealing excerpt from this rare I.B. Technicolor print will be shown. 

Saturday - November 6                                                                                         10:30am - 12:00pm                                                                                                 Loew's Hotel Philadelphia (conference meeting room)

The Life and Times of Siegmund Lubin: King of the Movies

Chair: Bill Morrow - Footage File

Speakers: Jon Gartenberg - Gartenberg Media Enterprises                                                   Joseph P. Eckhardt - Betzwood Film Archive                                                                       Peter Decherney - University of Pennsylvania

    In early motion picture history we all know the names of such film pioneers as Edison, Lumiere and Griffith, but may not be familiar with the name of Lubin. Siegmund Lubin, born in Germany in the 1850s, later moved to Philadelphia where he established a thriving motion picture business.  The presentation will trace the growth of Lubin's film production enterprise as well as his personal evolution.  Though at first regarded as a shameless pirate, Lubin became the first to vertically integrate the movie industry, taking on the roles of Producer, Director, Distributor, and Exhibitor, with equal enthusiasm. Emerging as one of the best-known figures in the film industry by 1910, he crowned himself the "King of the Movies."  The session will also focus on Lubin's success within the larger context of early cinema, other studio production, and the issue of early film piracy.

Recent GME News: AMIA Newsletter - “Lubin Photos” Episode on PBS’s History Detectives


AMIA Newsletter |volume 87Winter 2010| page 18


Notes from the Field

“Lubin Photos” Episode on PBS’s History Detectives

Who was Siegmund Lubin?  Was Herbert Lubin a movie star?

Jon Gartenberg, President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises (GME) and, GME Project Manager Jeff Capphelp PBS’s History Detectives answer these and other questions while examining two albums of “centuryold photos that may have captured the dawn of American movie-making – nearly 3000 miles fromHollywood.”

In Episode 4 of Season 7 Tukufu Zuberi calls “upon film archivists and historians Jon Gartenberg and Jeff Capp to shed some light on the Lubin film studios.  They were able to use their expertise and knowledge to reveal a forgotten history of film production in Philadelphia, assisting History Detectives in examining century old photos.”

The entire episode, originally aired on July 13, 2009, is viewable online at: