Date: June 1, 200–
Subject: Qualified Film Archivist Candidate
Please accept this e-mail as a formal request for consideration for the Film Archivist position posted in Moving Picture Pictorial. My professional and academic experiences, all detailed on the attached resume, have required that I develop capabilities associated with this position.
Currently, I am a reporter for the Vertov Film Journal, a monthly magazine. Within this capacity I research and write features, often interviewing producers, directors, and actors. Contributions are written in varied styles, targeting eclectic readers. As a senior at Brandeis, I researched, wrote, and edited an honors thesis on the filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. This capstone project required many of the skills described as required for the Archivist position. The courses, projects, and papers cited on my resume reflect an in-depth knowledge of film history, film studies, and related subjects. Clearly, I would enjoy researching, archiving, and retrieving film and film-related literature.
In addition, I am capable of shooting, printing, and developing 35mm film and using digital photography equipment and software. I also have web-page development, editing, and database software abilities. I am aware that your library's film archive is the largest in the South, and that you are currently planning to create a web-based catalog.
Also attached are writing samples for you to review. I will call soon to confirm your receipt of this e-mail and, I do hope, to arrange a telephone or in-person interview. Thank you for your consideration and, sincerely, for all that your Any Library staff does to educate and inspire those passionate about film.
Be assured that I am willing to pay for any expenses associated with an interview. Of course, I would relocate if offered the position. Please do not allow distance to negatively impact my candidacy.