New CD-ROM Finds Art and Architecture Films Fast

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G.K. Hall & Co. announces the publication of Art on Screen on CD-ROM, the database from the internationally renowned Program for Art on Film, published in its entirety for the first time in this convenient electronic format. Media specialists, film and video professionals, curators, and educators will find extensive information on more than 22,000 films and videos about the visual arts, representing productions from more than 70 countries. The majority of the productions date from 1970 to the present, with selective coverage from 1915 through 1969.

The films and videos cover a wide variety of subjects, including painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, archaeology, photography, decorative arts, design, costume, crafts, folk art, and related topics such as aesthetics and creativity. Each citation includes the title of the film, a synopsis, credits, country, language, production date, format, and other filmographic data. About one-third of the entries also include a critical evaluation or reference to published reviews or festival awards - a unique feature of this authoritative information resource.

Art on Screen on CD-ROM assembles information in one central source on thousands of productions - and makes searching quick and easy. Users can search the entire database simply by typing a key word. For more precise searches, users can choose from a wide variety of indexes. By using the Subject Index, for example, a museum film programmer can quickly obtain a list of productions about "women artists" or "art and dance." An art historian can locate films about "Architecture - Gothic Revival." An art instructor can find videos about "Painting techniques - Tempera." Other indexes include artist's name, style or period, materials or techniques, associated concepts, and genre.

Each database entry includes information about distribution sources for the production, and Art on Screen on CD-ROM provides addresses and telephone numbers of some 8,000 distribution sources. …