Issue #27
Fall 2014 

In this issue...
What's New In The Archive
What's New in Production
Stock Footage Projects Of Note
Historic Films is  the most comprehensive online source for licensing stock, musical performance and entertainment footage.

Welcome to the latest issue of our series of periodic updates & news blurbs concerning all things Historic (Footage, that is!).

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 What's NEW in the Archive

Black Omnibus

Renowned actor James Earl Jones hosted this one hour television series from 1973 offering live performances by some of the era's greatest African American musicians, dancers, writers and comedians. Appearances by the likes of The Spinners, Luther Ingram, Abbey Lincoln, Taj Mahal, writer Alex Haley, Richard Pryor and many others highlight this time capsule from the 1970s. The footage marks a time of racial pride and awareness.  All programs have been digitized from the original source master.

RICHARD PRYOR - 1973 - Black Omnibus Interview
Black Omnibus Interview

RUFUS THOMAS - 1973 - The Funky Robot - Black Omnibus
"The Funky Robot"
Black Omnibus

The Red Skelton Hour

Comedian Red Skelton hosted an Emmy winning comedy/variety show from 1951up until the 1970s. Besides Skelton's classic comedy routines many guest stars were on hand to sing, dance and perform in comedy skits with Red. In association with SHOUT! FACTORY, Historic Films offers clip licensing for the first nine years of the series.


For licensing inquiries please  contact our
research staff 

What's NEW In Production

The Big Beat
Tales of the Fat Man and the Birth of Rock N' Roll
Historic Film's 90 minute documentary on the early careers of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew will be premiering as the closing night feature of this year's New Orleans Film Festival on October 23rd and will be broadcast nationally in 2015.

Folk Music Retrospective
Historic Films is currently in production on a folk music retrospective to be hosted by folk music icon Loudon Wainwright III. Details on this production will be made available in our next newsletter. Stay tuned!

Members of ACSIL

Stock Footage Projects Of Note

Historic Films has recently made important stock footage contributions to the following productions:

      Hula Preservation Society's "The Hawaiian Room" documentary        
Ark Media's "Makers: Women in Business"
American Pickers Season 6
ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game
Roswell Films for HBO's "Sonic Highways" 
About Us

Historic Films holds an extensive library of databased, copyright cleared and digitized stock footage from 1896-1990.

Our archive contains over 30,000 different musical performances (1925-2000), drawn from the many programs and libraries owned and represented by Historic Films. Historic Films is also a leading source for archival (1895-1990) stock shots, with over 20,000 hours of copyright cleared and fully logged material, encompassing virtually every subject imaginable.

Our stock image searchable online database, online compilation reels and informed staff will make your film research fast, painless and affordable.

Contact our Sales Department at: [email protected]

Be sure to contact HISTORIC FILMS for all of your archival stock footage needs. The footage you need is just a few mouse clicks away.

Joe Lauro
President / CEO