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Universal Premieres Restored Last Warning

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:05 -- Nick Dager

Universal Pictures premiered the restored 1929 silent film classic The Last Warning June 4 at the Castro Theater as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Directed by Paul Leni and starring Laura La Plante, The Last Warning is a dramatic horror centered on an unsolved murder during a theatrical performance and the revival production meant to solve the mystery. This restored version is a part of Universal's silent restoration initiative announced last year.

Library Leads Hunt for Mostly Lost Films

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:35 -- Nick Dager

The Library of Congress is once again providing a unique opportunity for film scholars and archivists to play cinematic detective by participating in its free Mostly Lost workshop. The case is solving riddles and finding clues to the identity of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films. The scene is the state-of-the-art theater at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, and the date is Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18.

Universal, Film Foundation Restore Brando's One-Eyed Jacks

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:53 -- Nick Dager

Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation celebrated the Cannes Film Festival with the world premiere screening of the newly restored 1961 film, One-Eyed Jacks, starring and directed by Marlon Brando. Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, who had long advocated for the film's restoration, closely supervised the work to ensure the restoration honored Brando's original artistic vision. One-Eyed Jacks was digitally scanned in 6K and restored in 4K from the original 35mm VistaVision negative.

AMIA Announces Program Lineup for Digital Asset Symposium

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:46 -- Nick Dager

The Digital Asset Symposium presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists has crafted a comprehensive program that addresses the challenges of digital asset management in today’s constantly changing landscape. The event takes place May 4 at the Victor Borge Theater in New York. Six case study presentations from experts in the field will explore the many facets of the life cycle of content – from collection and maintenance strategies to delivery with the purpose of reaching new, bigger audiences.

DFT Unveils Production Ready WetGate

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:16 -- Nick Dager

DFT has unveiled new WetGate technology for its latest Scanity HDR film scanner. The patented technology is designed specifically for DFT’s Scanity HDR model providing a real-time organic solution for the ingest and management of difficult to solve historical film transfer issues – such as dust and scratch removal – surpassing prior transfer standards. The company says the WetGate is ideal for archive owners who need a scanner that’s able to handle a range of problematic and historically aged film issues.

NYWITF Calls for Preservation Grant Proposals

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 14:32 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television’s Women's Film Preservation Fund is calling for proposals for grants to restore and preserve American films in which women have had significant creative positions. The WFPF's mission is to save films of unique importance in American history and in the history of women's cinema. Individuals and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000. The association’s next grant proposal deadline is June 1st, 2016.

Kodak Releases New Film Cleaning System

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:03 -- Nick Dager

Kodak has announced the release of a new, P-200 Film Cleaning System that the company says transforms the traditional film cleaning process. The revolutionary design allows the cleaning solvent to be dispersed on the film surface in a unique way. This economical, compact and digitally controlled system, which uses Kodak HFE 7200 Film Cleaner Solution, makes it ideal for today’s archives and libraries.

Why We Film Gets Kickstarter Boost

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

Why We Film, a documentary backed by the Association of Moving Image Archivist’s Film Advocacy Task Force, is an exploration of why and how film is engaged as a physical object and experience – the compelling reasons audiences watch it, filmmakers create with it, schools teach with it, and the key factors pointing to the need for its preservation. Today, its Kickstarter campaign was chosen as a Featured Project on the Film & Video category page of the funding platform’s site. It was also recently chosen as a Staff Pick.

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