Biography Rick Prelinger

Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years’ operation. Rick has partnered with Internet Archive to make over 6,000 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His feature-length film PANORAMA EPHEMERA (2004), depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, played in venues around the world, and his new film NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? (2013) is currently on the festival circuit. His “Field Guide to Sponsored Films” was published in 2006 by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Prelinger is Board President of the Internet Archive, has been a board member of the San Francisco Cinematheque, and sat on the National Film Preservation Board for five years as representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly private research library that is open to the public, located in downtown San Francisco, and was appointed Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013.