Sunday, June 19, 2011

Preservation and the Festival

Every July at the SF Silent Film Festival we celebrate both the films of the silent era and the people and organizations who discover, restore, and preserve them. It is because of their dedication and technical achievements that these films return to the glory of the big screen. This year, some of the top preservationists and archivists will share with us the stories and tricks of their trade.

For AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: ARCHIVIST AS DETECTIVE, celluloid sleuths from George Eastman House, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Academy Film Archive illuminate the process of film identification. 2010 Silent Film Preservation Fellow Ken Fox will present on recreating titles for the recently rediscovered and restored Douglas Fairbanks film Mr. Fix-It. Musician Stephen Horne will accompany these presentations of cinematic discovery.

AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: KEVIN BROWNLOW ON 50 YEARS OF RESTORATION brings the esteemed and passionate film historian back to the festival, now as an Academy Award Honoree as well. With copious illustrations, and accompanied by Stephen Horne on piano, Brownlow will talk about his love affair with silent film and his crusade to return it to its public. This free event is not to be missed.

This year we will present the 2011 Silent Film Festival Award to UCLA Film and Television Archive in recognition of their commitment and contribution to film preservation. Jan-Christopher Horak will be in attendance to accept the award before a screening of UCLA's beautifully restored print of Clarence Brown's THE GOOSE WOMAN, featuring an extraordinary performance by Louise Dresser. 

The 2011 Silent Film Festival Preservation Fellow is now an SFSFF blogger! Sean Kilcoyne's has written an excellent piece on the restoration of HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Now in its fourth year, the 2011 fellowship provides a recent L. Jeffrey Selznick School graduate the opportunity to cultivate relationships with archives, work with archive material in a festival setting, and conduct preservation research. We're thrilled to be working with Sean, and to introduce him to you at the festival. Sean will be blogging every Friday, so be sure to check back each week!

For the complete festival lineup, and to buy your tickets and passes, visit our website. And look for more news and updates - about special programs, guests, and awards - in the weeks to come.

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