Each year the Librarian of Congress chooses a select group of films to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Registry champions American films and this year the seminal documentary, The Wobblies (1979), which was awarded a New York Women in Film and Television Women’s Film Preservation Fund grant in 2003, has been honored with inclusion to the list. The Wobblies (1979) by Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird is in outstanding company with others named to the Registry such as Sylvia Morales’ Chicana, Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman and Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Pena.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the annual selection of the 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary, animated features, comedy and music, and films that took on racially motivated violence against people of color decades ago.
The Gregg Theatre in Sedan, Kansas, is preparing to open its doors once again thanks to a dedicated team of local volunteers and some help from Christie’s professional services team. First opened in August 1938, and featuring a beautiful marquee, the Gregg Theatre was one of the first theatres to introduce talking pictures. It was remodeled over the years, and a new, larger projection screen was installed in 1947
MTI Film has released DRS Nova v5, the latest version of its digital restoration software. The company says V5 has new features to perform common restoration tasks more easily and manage projects more efficiently, especially those delivering in 4K high dynamic range. MTI Film also introduced Shine, a utility for DRS Nova that automates the filtering of dirt and fleeting scratches, reducing the time to make those repairs by as much as 70 percent.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television is nominating two WFPF-preserved films – The Wobblies and Betty Tells Her Story – for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television is nominating two WFPF-preserved films for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry: The Wobblies, 1979, by Deborah Shaffer, Stewart Bird and Betty Tells Her Story, 1972 by Liane Brandon. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women filmmakers.
Goldcrest Post recently performed a feat of post-production magic for one of the most unusual film releases of the year. Grizzly II: The Revenge, a thriller about a giant bear that attacks fans at a rock concert, was shot in 1983 by the late Hungarian director André Szöts. Starring Steve Inwood, and including appearances by George Clooney, Laura Dern, Louise Fletcher and Charlie Sheen, the film was intended to be a sequel to Grizzly, a modestly budgeted independent film that became the top grossing independent film of all time upon its release in 1976, but it was left unfinished. That changed late last year when executive producer Suzanne C. Nagy retrieved the nearly 40-year-old original elements from storage and sought Goldcrest’s help in getting the film ready for its long-delayed release.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television call for submissions for its film preservation grants for the 2020 cycle is still open but time is running out. The extended deadline is May 1.
At this year’s Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, a special Keystone award — only the second one bestowed in the organization’s 30-year history — was presented to Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation for 30 years of exceptional work in the area of preservation.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization, four keynote speakers have been named for this year’s annual conference of the Association of Moving Images Archivists, which will be held online November 17-20.