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February 1998, Week 2


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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 8 Feb 1998 11:13:07 -0600
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I recently came across this at:
National Film Preservation Foundation
 Created by Congress to Preserve America's Film Heritage
The National Film Preservation Foundation is a new, non-profit organization
created by Congress to save America's film heritage. The Foundation raises
money for the non-profit and public archives to preserve and make available
endangered films that are not protected by commercial interests. In October
1999, the Foundation will be eligible to receive federal support. Federal
funds go entirely to film preservation projects; none will be spent on the
administration of the Foundation.
Film is a fragile medium, generally intended for a brief commercial life.
Preservation tries to slow film's inevitable decay by controlling storage
conditions and by copying decaying works onto newer, more durable filmstock.
Film preservation requires money. In 1997 making a single preservation
master of a silent feature film cost an average of $15,000. Deteriorating
sound films are even more expensive to preserve. Color and special formats
further add to the cost.
 The National Film Preservation Act of 1996, which created the Foundation,
recognizes the public responsibility for saving our nation's rich film
heritage. The Foundation is a "start-up" 501 (c)(3) organization and needs
your help. Thank you, the Film Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences, for the generous donations to get the Foundation up and
As film director Martin Scorsese, Member of the NFPF Board of Directors,
reminds us:
 Film is history. With every foot of film that is lost, we lose a link to
our culture, to the world around us, to each other, and to ourselves.
East Coast:
 c/o Eric Schwartz, Smith and Metalitz
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
 Suite 1200
 Washington, D.C. 20006
 Phone:202-833-4198 (ext. 3)
email: [log in to unmask]
 West Coast:
 9 Cumberland Street
 San Francisco, CA 94110
email: [log in to unmask]
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