New additions to our Library
The BEST SHOT Stock Footage Library
Started in Tampa Florida in the late 1980s by Peter Klein, BEST SHOT was a leading independent footage archive. Active through the early 2000s, BEST SHOT amassed footage of cultural events, locations, life-styles, travel, food, children, animals, sports, aerials, underwater, time lapse, animation, technology, landscapes and more. Historic Films’ CEO Joe Lauro says “In keeping with our mission to try to keep twenty years behind the times in regards to the stock footage we offer, we are thrilled to return BEST SHOT’s holdings to the marketplace. It is an amazing new asset for us. It represents an expansive trove of film and video that encapsulates these three important decades".
The library is currently being reorganized and brought online in collaboration with former BEST SHOT shooter and manager Ron Ceyrolles. The footage will become available to stream and download for licensing through Historic Films beginning this fall.Browse footage…
ALTERNATE BEAT TV
ALTERNATE BEAT TV was born from the love of music. Started in Cleveland, OH in 1987 when Patrick Wilbraham, musician, introduced Tom Common, video director, to John Latimer, music business professional and together the three sat down and scripted a rough idea for a new show. Common’s background in television combined with Latimer’s contacts in the music industry was a perfect combination for something new and fresh.
The first band that Latimer lined up was the Psychedelic Furs when they performed at the Blossom Music Center near Cleveland, Ohio. After that, it became obvious that this was a viable venture.
Some notable interviews include: The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Echo and the Bunnymen, Concrete Blonde, The Sugarcubes, The Replacements, New Order, The Smithereens, The Bodeans, Adrian Belew, Faith No More, Crowded House, Jerry Harrison, Love and Rockets, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Alarm, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and many moreView comp reel Browse footage…
Kent State Demonstrations
Kent State student demonstrations were a tragic and defining moment in the early 1970's anti-Vietnam war protests. Student Larry Shank captured several of the Kent State events with his Super 8mm camera.View comp reel Browse footage…
The JERRY LEWIS SHOW
Historic Films Archive is now the exclusive representative of the "Jerry Lewis Show" (1957-69), "the Martin &amp;amp;amp;amp; Lewis Show" (1950-55) and several of Jerry’s groundbreaking early feature films such as "The Patsy," "The Bellboy," "The Errand Boy" and others. In a career spanning 70 years, Jerry Lewis is easily remembered as one of America's finest and most beloved comedians. Teaming with Dean Martin in 1946, Martin and Lewis performed as a top comedy act for ten years. When the team split in 1956, Lewis went on to host a series of variety shows and created a string of feature-length film comedies now considered to be all-time classics of the genre. From 1966 until 2010, Lewis hosted weekend long “telethons” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raising over 2.4 billion dollars for the charity during its run.View comp reel Browse footage…
IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO
IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO 1997 - 2006
From its opening in the 1920's, the Apollo Theater has been Harlem's premier show place and an iconic venue for African American performers. From 1987-2006, the syndicated musical variety program IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO was filmed on the stage of that legendary theater. Each weekly episode presented live performances by some of the most popular black musicians, singers and comedians of the day including DONNA SUMMER, BEASTIE BOYS, LIL' KIM, DESTINY'S CHILD, PUFF DADDY, FAITH EVANS, BIGGIE SMALLS, MARY J. BLIGE, MC HAMMER and NATALIE COLE. Also showcased are early glimpses of up and coming talent such as LAUREN HILL (appearing at the age 13 and is booed by the notoriously tough Apollo audience) who competed in the show's weekly "Amateur Contest", one of the Apollo's most infamous and long running traditions. The show documents early rap and hip hop performers while the music was still very new and just hitting the mainstream.View comp reel Browse footage…
Each of the 360 episodes offers electrifying live performances as well as fabulous footage of the theater and it's enthusiastic audiences. All of the programs have been restored, digitized and logged for research on the Historic Films website. It has been said that if you were a success at the Apollo, you had made it to the top!
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 1963 - 1966
Academy Award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner with members of the Newport Foundation, including George Pickow and Toshi Seeger, filmed the Newport Folk Festival during the golden years of the folk revival. Lerner directed his cameras at some of America's greatest "roots" artists including Son House, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and scores of others. The Newport footage stands out as the most comprehensive document of unadulterated Americana music (blues, country, folk, ballad singing, gospel, sacred harp) that exists. Many legends of the folk music revival were filmed at Newport during their peak years including Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Kweskin's Jug Band, and Donovan among them.
The Isle of Wight Festival Of Music was held a year after Woodstock and stands out as one of the most memorable rock festivals of that era. The festival included performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull and many others. Murray Lerner and his crew of cinematographers filmed the entire festival with multiple cameras. Over 400 hours of performances, interviews and "behind the scenes" events were captured.View comp reel Browse footage…
During the summer of 1970 popular rock bands The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and her band, The Band, Ten Years After, Flying Burrito Brothers, Sha Na Na, Stevie Winwood & Traffic, Blues legend Buddy Guy, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia and others embarked on a mammoth trip via private train across Canada. Along the way they stopped off at different Canadian cities and staged a series of "All Star" concerts.
The footage, shot by Academy Award winning cinematographer PETER BIZIOU and directed by double Grammy winner Bob Smeaton, combines live footage shot during the 1970 concerts as well as footage aboard the train itself which captures legends such as Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and the Band's Rick Danko having a grand old time singing and partying along the way. A feature documentary was produced by Gavin Poolman (son of the original 1970's film's producer Willem Poolman) and John Trapman and released in 2003. Historic Films is currently digitizing close to 96 hours of ADDITIONAL concert and behind the scenes footage including the only known version of ME & MY BOBBY MCGEE as performed by JANIS JOPLIN accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. LEGENDARY!!!
HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKING - HD COLLECTIONView comp reel Browse footage…
Metropolis Video - CBGB
Through an EXCLUSIVE arrangement with Metropolis Video, Historic Films is proud to announce its representation of this important collection, featuring concerts filmed at the legendary CBGB music club in New York City.
From its opening in 1973 CBGB was the forum for American Punk and New Wave bands. During their early years performers such as Patti Smith, Television and The Ramones performed at CBGB regularly. Very little performance footage from the club scene of the mid-1970's is known to exist making the Metropolis library an important document of that era of musical history.
Early concerts by Blondie, The Talking Heads, The Heartbreakers and Richard Hell and several others (all shot in 1975) were captured multi-camera on black and white open reel 1/2" video. Along with the performances, which feature remarkably good audio, you can hear the audiences screaming with the raw passion and vitality that was indicative of the Punk and New Wave era.View comp reel Browse footage…
THE STEEL PIER SHOW
From 1958 until 1978 THE STEEL PIER SHOW was broadcast by WPVI TV 6 live from the CASINO THEATER, THE GOLDEN DOME BALL ROOM and other locations in Atlantic City.
Second only in popularity to Philadelphia's AMERICAN BANDSTAND the show, hosted by long time Philly DJ and TV host ED HURST, ran summer seasons for 20 years and presented a fabulous array of performers from Tony Bennett to The Jackson 5. Virtually every performer working in Atlantic City at the time payed a visit to the STEEL PIER set.
Historic has digitized and logged all 70 existing shows. Newly discovered classic performances by , HALL & OATES, TONY BENNETT, SOLOMON BURKE, THE JACKSON'S, and a young JOHN TRAVOLTA are now available and ready to roll for the first time in over 35 years. A special thanks to LOU REDA PRODUCTIONS for making this wonderful music library available to us.View comp reel Browse footage…
The Ernie Kovacs Show
Ernie Kovacs was undeniably one of the great pioneers of television comedy. Kovacs made the medium of TV an integral part of his humor, and his wit and talent continues to inspire even today. The 10+ years he was on television (March 1951 - January 1962) left an indelible mark on the industry and on everyone who watched and remembered his shows. Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of the late Edie Adams, his widow, a great deal of his television work survives in original 16mm kinescopes and 2'' video masters. Historic is proud to be the exclusive representative for clips from the Ernie Kovacs Show
The Edie Adams Show
Besides being an era defining beauty and the MURIEL CIGAR GIRL in a fabulous series of commercials from the 1950s-70s, EDIE ADAMS, in her own right, was a Juiliard trained singer, model, Emmy winning actress and a first rate comedienne. She often appeared in skits with her husband Ernie Kovacs and between 1960-1961 hosted her own ABC network variety show THE EDIE ADAMS SHOW for which she received four emmy nominations. Guests included BOB HOPE, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, STAN GETZ, DUKE ELLINGTON, SAMMY DAVIS JR and many other icons of her generation. As a result of Edie's careful preservation of the masters from her and her husband's programs, Historic Films is able to offer excerpts from these important shows for use in all media.
BARACK OBAMA – The “Lost Interview”
Filmed in 1993 this obscure 12 minute interview was unearthed by filmmaker STUART GOLDMAN and used in his documentary “BECOMING BARACK”.
Historic is proud to announce its exclusive representation of this rare and important early glimpse at the future President.View comp reel Browse footage…
Historic Films, partnering with California-based SHOUT FACTORY has acquired all rights to the first tech-driven rock festival.
The US Festivals (US pronounced like the pronoun, not as initials) were two early 1980s music and culture festivals sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. The first was held Labor Day weekend in September 1982 and the second was Memorial Day weekend in May 1983. Wozniak paid for the bulldozing and construction of a new open-air field venue as well as the construction of an enormous state-of-the-art temporary stage at Glen Helen Regional Park near Devore, San Bernardino, California. (This site was later to become home to Blockbuster Pavilion - now San Manuel Amphitheater - the largest amphitheater in the United States as of 2007.)
A stellar list of the most popular acts of the day including FLEETWOOD MAC, TALKING HEADS, SANTANA, STRAY CATS, THE CLASH, THE CARS, THE POLICE, THE B-52s, VAN HALEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, THE PRETENDERS, DAVID BOWIE, THE RAMONES, MOTLEY CREW, QUIET RIOT and many others were filmed at the festival with multi-camera shoots. Some of the footage was used on SHOWTIME and MTV specials but the great majority has never met the light of day. Besides the over 100 hours of performance footage is many hours of great early 1980s youth pop-culture stock footage. All of which has been logged and re-transferred and is available for licensing.View comp reel Browse footage…
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine
HISTORIC FILMS is proud to announce its representation of one of the 1960s best loved comedy/variety television programs. "From Miami Beach, the sun and fun capital of the world, it's Jackie Gleason and his American Scene Magazine!" is one of the most beloved opening lines in television history. From 1962-1966 Jackie Gleason's AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE show dominated the Saturday night airwaves. Few baby boomers can forget the classic FRANK FONTAINE "Crazy Guggenheim" skits which appeared in 98 of the show's 120 episodes. Besides featuring some of Gleason's most memorable comic routines and characters, the show featured hundreds of musical and comic guests. Included are early performances by PAUL ANKA, JACKIE DE SHANNON, TONY BENNETT, ERROL GARNER, JAYNE MANSFIELD , COUNT BASIE, BOBBY DARIN, KING CURTIS and HENNY YOUNGMAN.
Shot on 2" video, the master tapes have been well preserved by the Gleason family and are as vibrant today as when they first appeared on television 48 years ago.
Historic Films' President JOE LAURO says, "We are delighted to be working with the Gleason family and with this legendary series. It fits nicely with our other A-List variety programs such as THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW and THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, and it allows us to offer the best of the best of 1960s musical and comic performances to our clients.View comp reel Browse footage…
Film & Video Stock Shots
Since the 1980's Film & Video Stock Shots has been a leading industry provider of contemporary stock footage. With a massive library of circa 1980s-current life style, news, travel, beauty shots, sports and nature footage Film & Video Stock Shots has long been a virtual one-stop shop for contemporary stock footage. This amazing and comprehensive library has now been integrated into Historic Film's collection, allowing us to offer a dazzling array of material from the inception of cinema to today's hottest Red Carpet events.View comp reel Browse footage…