News from Carnegie Hall's Digital Archives Project: Rescuing the 28-Week Miracle
Launched in July 2012, Carnegie Hall's Digital Archives Project continues apace. Earlier this year, we shipped more than 268 unique rolls of original film production materials to Colorlab, a specialist film laboratory in Maryland. The people at Colorlab are helping to preserve and digitize 16mm film elements from The 28 Week Miracle, a documentary on the renovation of Carnegie Hall's main auditorium in 1986.
Produced by Robert Dalrymple, it features a behind-the-scenes look at the seven-month construction process and includes interviews with Carnegie Hall president Isaac Stern, the Hall's then-chairman of the board James Wolfensohn, architect James Polshek, and Mayor Ed Koch. The documentary captures Carnegie Hall in a moment of great change during its more than 120-year history and is also a valuable resource for scholars interested in the preservation and renovation of a National Historic Landmark.
Colorlab is currently working on syncing the audio and picture for the original interviews and will digitally scan the footage in a high resolution.