Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Edith Kramer: A Leader of the Pacific Film Archive and Film Curation

Interviewee(s):
Kramer, Edith
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Geritz, Kathy
Title:
Edith Kramer: A Leader of the Pacific Film Archive and Film Curation
Abstract:
Edith Kramer has been associated with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive since 1975 when she joined the staff as Assistant Film Curator. In June 2003, the University of California, Berkeley, awarded Ms. Kramer The Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Kramer holds an M.A. in Art History from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan. She has taught film history at the University of Oregon, UC Davis, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon arriving in the Bay Area in 1967, she managed Canyon Cinema Cooperative and was instrumental in the founding of Canyon Cinematheque (now the San Francisco Cinematheque); and she served as Film Curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In this interview, Kramer discusses the growth of film curation as a profession, the establishment and growth of the Pacific Film Archive, and the transformation of film curation as a result of changes in technology and distribution. Moreover, she details the films that were most influential to her and how she brought those films to audiences in Berkeley and beyond.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Arts and Letters
Interview date(s):
2014 2015
Project:
Arts and Letters - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Kramer, Edith. "Edith Kramer: A Leader of the Pacific Film Archive and Film Curation." Interview by Martin Meeker and Kathy Geritz in 2014 and 2015. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.