Raye Farr (pictured), the former director of the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive and of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, is to receive the lifetime achievement honor at the 2015 FOCAL International Awards.
She will be presented with the award at the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries’ 12th annual event, in associate with AP Archive, on May 21.
Farr’s nomination had been endorsed by many academics, producers and directors, among them Sir Jeremy Isaacs, David Elstein, Norma Percy and Kevin Brownlow, FOCAL states.
Farr joined the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum after more than 20 years in documentary television production and historical film research, much of it focused on World War II and 20th century European history.
Her work as producer, director, archive producer or consultant has been seen in many TV documentary series, including: World at War; The Struggles for Poland; A Different World: Poland’s Jews, 1919-1943, Hitler’s Germany, China in Revolution; Stalin; Vietnam – a Television History; The Nuclear Age; Heritage – Civilization & the Jews; Hollywood – the Silent Years.
In 1990, she became director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition and led the team responsible for the award winning micro-design and production of the Museum’s major exhibition area, supervising the departments of research, design, oral history, photo and film archives, and film production.
After the 1993 opening of the Museum, she oversaw the establishment and expansion of its Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, which she directed until her retirement in October 2013. She now serves as a consultant to the Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Education and the Office of Collections.
“We are delighted with this news,” said Julie Lewis, FOCAL International’s general manager, in a statement. “Firstly, we are honored to have Raye Farr present the Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture entitled “Moving Images” on May 19 at ITV on London’s Southbank. Then, Raye will receive her Lifetime Achievement Award at the FOCAL International gala awards ceremony May 21 at the Lancaster London Hotel.”
Sixteen further awards will be presented on May 21 to celebrate achievement by producers and directors in the creative use of footage in a variety of genres, across all media platforms, as well as the contribution made to the global production industry by archivists, film libraries, researchers and technicians, along with the work done to restore and preserve assets.
The final shortlisted nominations which will be announced in March.