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steve leggett <[log in to unmask]>
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Thought this might be of some interest to this newsgroup. For more info, visit
 their Web
page at   Thanks, Steve Leggett
Joe Sutton, Sutton & Associates, 213-822-9964
Suzanne Lee, NFPF, 415-391-7291
Twelve Archives Nationwide Receive Lab Services to Foster Orphans
San Francisco, CA (October 8, 1998)-The National Film Preservation
Foundation (NFPF) has awarded its first grants to preserve culturally
important "orphan films" not protected by commercial interests. Twelve
archives in nine states and the District of Columbia are receiving
support to preserve such rare works as D.W. Griffith one-reelers, Groucho
Marx's home movies, and 1930s newsreel interviews with Civil War veterans
and ex-slaves.
"From scenes of the segregated South to the private moments of public
figures, these films capture a stunning panorama of American history and
culture," observed Del Reisman of the Writers Guild, who served on the
review panel.
"The NFPF's 1998 grants are the first of many," said NFPF Board Member
John Ptak of Creative Artists Agency. "Industry support for film
preservation is building and we plan an even larger program for next
year." Calls for the 1999 grants cycle will be announced later this
The grants are for preservation services contributed by commercial
laboratories and post-production houses as part of the NFPF's
Laboratory-Archive Partnership (LAP) Grants program. In 1998 ten
laboratories contributed services to the program and five others donated
cash. (For more on the NFPF's lab partners, please visit
"The LAP grant has launched our first film preservation efforts,"
commented Janice Mohlhenrich of Emory University Libraries, which will
preserve WORLD WAR AGAINST SLUMS, a 1930s documentary by public housing
crusader Charles Forrest Palmer. "Deteriorating badly, it was almost too
late for Palmer's work. Now, not only can we insure that it is properly
preserved, but we can share the film with the public."
Archives receiving LAP Grants in 1998 are: Emory University Libraries
(WORLD WAR AGAINST SLUMS, $10,000); George Eastman House (CRICKET ON THE
HEARTH and VOICE OF THE VIOLIN, $5,000); Library of Congress (BIG FELLA,
$10,000); National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
(Groucho Marx Home Movies, $880); National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution (EXPLORATIONS IN THE AMAZON BASIN, $10,000);
Nebraska State Historical Society (KEARNEY AND ITS PEOPLE IN MOTION
PICTURES, $7,520); Northeast Historic Film (Albert Benedict Home Movies,
$2,100); Southern Media Archive, University of Mississippi (Thomas
Collection, $776); State Historical Society of Wisconsin (BILL'S BIKE,
$1,024); UCLA Film and Television Archive (Hearst Metrotone News
Selections, $4,000); University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive
(Reunion of Confederate Veterans, $6,000); and Yale University Library
(Early Class Reunion Films, $3,200).
The National Film Preservation Foundation ( is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to saving America's film heritage.
Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports
film preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival
of film for future generations and improve access to film for study,
education and exhibition. The NFPF's priority is "orphan films" that are
not protected by commercial interests. Created by the U.S. Congress, the
NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board
of the Library of Congress.
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