Ther Archive is presently involved in several projects of its own:

  1. In progress: the preparation of a volume about the performing arts (particularly Mexican cinema) as transmitters of nationalistic sentiments and values among Mexican people in the United States during the period between 1915-1932.  This project is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

  1. A comprehensive study on the rise of the Mexican film industry in the 1930s.  During the silent era, Mexican movies were produced by individuals and small companies, and there was not what could be called a film industry in the country.  With the advent of sound, and Mexico being one of the only three countries in the world which had locally developed, fully operating sound systems (the other being the United States and Germany), a movie industry was born, which soon became the leader in production of Spanish-language films. An exhaustive recollection of data has been completed.  This project is scheduled to be completed in 2011. 

  1. Digitizing of documents and images from special collections.

               Photograoh of the studios Compa1ía Nacional Productora de Películas (1931)     El ÿguila y el nopal (1929), newspaper ad

Frequently, the Archive is involved in projects started and directed by independent researchers, such as:

  1. Research on the life and career of multitalented Mexican engineer Gabriel García Moreno (1898-1943), a prolific inventor who got a considerable number of U.S. patents related to film technology; he was a producer, writer and director of silent films in his native country, worked for a decade in Culver City and Hollywood, and was founder of a film studio and laboratory in Mexico.  This project has been planned and developed by  Mexican film historian and author, Esperanza Vázquez Bernal, who has already made the editorial restoration of two of García Moreno's films.  Her husband, Mtro. Federico Dávalos Orozco, also a researcher, has participation in the project.


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