Progress Not Perfection: The Work of Ariel Schudson

Opening the G.A.T.E.

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo

The Cinematic G.A.T.E is a collection of multi-media works that reflect my time in the Moving Image Archive Studies program at UCLA. They focus upon the topics of Gender concerns, Alliance, Technology, and Exhibition, and while each of these topics are resonant on their own terms and inherently able to interrelate with one another, they are all collected under my principal career focus and theme of this portfolio which is ACCESS. I have selected these four areas as the most salient categories with which to parse out my work and experience in the MIAS Program. Additionally, I feel that these topics significantly fortify my primary focus which is towards a more positive and active forms of access within the moving image archiving community.

Main descriptive pages for each category may be accessed from the home page or via these links:

Gender Concerns




All work is laid out in a chronological format, meant to showcase scholarly development as well as the progress of certain aspects of the field, such as technological development. Notes framing each work within an academic, experiential and/or theoretical context can be found at the front of each piece as well as the date of original publication/submission. Special attention has been paid to note which literature was influential in the writing or research process at the time it was written, as well as what kinds of subject matter was being explored within the coursework via certain lecturers.

For work that is marked as “protected,” it is done so due to legal issues and the wishes of certain bodies who do not wish to have their involvement visible in a larger public forum. For access to these works, please contact me via email at, and use “Cinematic Gate Site Access” as the subject line.

Frick, Caroline. Saving Cinema: The Politics of Preservation. New York: Oxford, 2011.

Prelinger, Rick. 2007. “Archives and Access in the 21st Century.” Cinema Journal 46 (3): 114–118. doi:10.1353/cj.2007.0027.

*Author’s notes regarding content*

“I’m always amazed by people who blog all the time and tweet all the time and still get things done. I don’t know how they do it.” –Jarvis Cocker, musician

CraveOnline Work

All articles noted as being originally published on have been republished here with the consent of said online publication and may be done so as long as they are not used on any other sites for monetary gain. Articles marked as such will have links within the works and/or at the conclusion of the piece.

Sinamatic Salve-ation

Sinamatic Salve-ation is my own personal film and media blog that has been in existence since 2009.

All content from the blog is my own and cannot be lifted or used for any other purposes without specific permission. Similar to other works, the links to the original setting and publication of these works will be noted

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