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News Archive

7/17/14

MORE TREATS FROM NEW ZEALAND
July 17, 2014—Please enjoy latest sampling from our repatriation project with the New Zealand Film Archive: two sprightly comedies, Moonlight Nights (1925) and Rips and Rushes (1917), and the conservation plea Hunting Wild Geese for Market (1914). Watch them here.

6/24/14

NFPF AWARDS GRANTS TO 35 ORGANIZATIONS
June 24, 2014—National Film Registry title The Jungle and Hoagy Carmichael’s home movies among the 65 films selected for preservation. Read more here.

5/1/14

MORE FILMS FROM NEW ZEALAND
May 1, 2014—The women take center stage in these three films from our repatriation project with the New Zealand Film Archive: The Greater Call (1910), The Girl Stage Driver (1914), and The Gilded Cage (1915). Watch them here.

3/30/14

“LOST” AMERICAN FILMS COMING HOME FROM AMSTERDAM
March 30, 2014—The NFPF has just announced a new partnership with EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam to preserve and make available dozens of early American films that have been unseen anywhere in decades. Read more here.

2/28/14

THREE COMEDIES FROM NEW ZEALAND
February 28, 2014—Fight the winter blahs with three comedies from New Zealand: Kick Me Again (1925), Oh! What a Day! (1923), and Snooky’s Twin Troubles (1921). Watch them here.

11/7/13

2014 GRANT GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE
November 7, 2013—The NFPF has opened registration for the 2014 Basic and Matching preservation grants. Click on the links for the deadlines and updated guidelines.

10/25/13

MORE RARE FILMS FROM NEW ZEALAND
October 25, 2013—The New Zealand Project keeps on giving. Enjoy three more films saved through the partnership. A special shout-out to Andrea Passafiume for contributing the essay about His Mother's Thanksgiving. Enjoy them here.

10/11/13

SIGHT INTO SOUND COLLABORATION
October 11, 2013—The NFPF is delighted to announce a collaboration with Sight Into Sound to expand access to the films presented in Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive. To help movie enthusiasts with disabilities enjoy the films, the Houston-based service group generously contributed English-language audio descriptions for several shorts. Listen to them here.

10/3/13

ONE MORE FROM NEW ZEALAND
October 3, 2013—There are still more films from the New Zealand Project slated for the web. Please enjoy The Diver (1911), one of the earliest surviving movies showing an underwater diver at work. A special thanks to our friend and independent scholar Charles “Buckey” Grimm for contributing the note.

9/18/13

NFPF AWARDS SUMMER PRESERVATION GRANTS
September 18, 2013—The NFPF announced grants to save 33 films, including home movies of the Rockford Peaches (1943), the all-female baseball team that inspired Hollywood’s A League of Their Own. Read more here.

8/7/13

LOST MERCURY THEATRE FILM BY ORSON WELLES FOUND
August 7, 2013—The NFPF, Eastman House, the Cineteca del Friuli, and Cinemazero announced today the recovery of Too Much Johnson (1938), the long-lost film directed by Orson Welles for the Mercury Theatre three years before he made Citizen Kane. Read more here.

8/2/13

TREASURES NEW ZEALAND TRAILER
August 2, 2013—Our new DVD won't be out until September 24, but enjoy a glimpse here.

7/18/13

2013 AVANT-GARDE MASTERS GRANTS ANNOUNCED
July 18, 2013—A newly discovered Joseph Cornell film is among the 16 films slated for preservation. Films by Tom Chomont, Marguerite Paris, Luther Price, and Paul Sharits are also pegged for support. Read more here.

6/3/13

TREASURES NEW ZEALAND DVD ANNOUNCED
June 3, 2013—Long-lost films by John Ford, Mabel Normand, and Alfred Hitchcock are brought back to life in the 3¼-hour DVD, Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive announced today by the NFPF. Treasures New Zealand draws from the extraordinary cache of nitrate prints safeguarded in New Zealand for nearly a century and preserved through a groundbreaking international partnership led by the NFPF. The DVD goes on sale in September. Read more here.

4/30/13

NFPF AWARDS GRANTS TO 24 ORGANIZATIONS
April 30, 2013—Rare films showing painters Clyfford Still and Thomas Hart Benton at work slated for preservation. Read more here.

4/23/13

NFPF ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
April 23, 2013—A PDF version of our just-printed 2012 annual report is now available on our website. It provides an illustrated overview of our current activities and includes a comprehensive list of the 1,975 films we've helped save over the past 15 years. You can download it here.

3/01/13

SNOW WHITE
March 1, 2013—To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, we are delighted to present the 1916 feature that provided an inspiration. Thank you to George Eastman House for enabling us to screen its glowing restoration from the Treasures from American Film Archives DVD set. Enjoy it here.

2/07/13

MORE FILMS FROM NEW ZEALAND
February 7, 2013—Back with more films saved through our partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive, a cheeky trio of “soft” news stories: Perfect Back Contest (1928), ‘Sugar Foot Strut’ (ca. 1928), and Torture De Luxe (ca. 1926). Enjoy them here.

1/07/13

THE WHITE SHADOW RECEIVES AWARD
January 7, 2013—The Online Film Critics Society presented Fandor.com, the NFPF, and the contributors to the "For the Love of Film" Blogathon a special award honoring the web premiere of The White Shadow (1924). This discovery from the New Zealand Film Archive is the first surviving feature credited to Alfred Hitchcock. Since debuting online in November, the restoration has been watched by more than 39,000 viewers. There has been so much interest that we’ve extended the screening through January 31. Congratulations to everyone who helped make the premiere possible.

11/15/12

THE WHITE SHADOW WEB PREMIERE
November 15, 2012—Lost for decades, The White Shadow (1924), the earliest surviving feature with Alfred Hitchcock credits, debuts today on the NFPF's website. The first half of this wild melodrama starring Betty Compson as twin sisters—one angelic and the other “without a soul”—turned up last year among a cache of American nitrate prints at the New Zealand Film Archive. The film will be streamed from the NFPF website through January 15, 2013. Thank you Fandor.com and contributors to the 2012 “For the Love of Film” Blogathon for making this presentation possible. Read more here.

9/21/12

PEARL WHITE, HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL, AND MORE!
September 21, 2012—Enjoy three more discoveries from the New Zealand Film Archive: The Woman Hater (1910), featuring Pearl White in one of her first screen roles; a 1922 tour through Filmland in search of scandal; and stories from Selznick News. A special thanks to Susan Weiner for funding the preservation and new music for The Woman Hater. Watch them here.

9/18/12

NFPF AWARDS SUMMER PRESERVATION GRANTS
September 18, 2012—The NFPF announced grants to save 27 films, including The Boy Mayor (1914), a Hollywood-produced short made in Portland, Oregon, and early campaign footage of Harvey Milk and George Wallace. Read more here.

8/24/12

LET THERE BE LIGHT UNTIL NOVEMBER
August 24, 2012—By popular demand, we're extending the web presentation of Let There Be Light through November. Thanks again to the National Archives for sharing its new restoration. And a special thank you to Fandor for generously hosting the film.

8/17/12

VACATION VIEWING
August 17, 2012—There’s still time for summer fun with three more films preserved through our project with the New Zealand Film Archive: Jean the Match-maker (1910), featuring America’s first canine movie star; Brillantino the Bullfighter (1922), a spoof of Blood and Sand with the irrepressible Monty Banks, and Mules and Gob Talk (1920), about a holiday pack trip through Yellowstone National Park. See them here.

7/25/12

MORE FROM NEW ZEALAND
July 25, 2012—Take a summer break with another trio of shorts preserved through our partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive: Henry’s Busted Romance (1922), an animated Aesop fable about a lovesick tomcat; John B. Stetson Company’s industrial film Birth of a Hat (ca. 1920), touring the largest hat factory in the world; and Mary Fuller in A Modern Cinderella (1910). Enjoy them here.

7/5/12

TREASURES 5 WINS BEST DVD SERIES AWARD
July 5, 2012—The NFPF has just learned that Treasures 5 was awarded Best DVD Series / Best Box Set by Il Cinema Ritrovato for its "exceptional creative scholarship in presenting and annotating many neglected films." Organized by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, the festival is dedicated to the presentation of restored and rediscovered films. Congratulations to all Treasures 5 contributors!

6/12/12

NFPF AWARDS GRANTS TO 35 ORGANIZATIONS
June 12, 2012—The NFPF announced grants to save 60 films, including Tod Browning’s underworld melodrama Drifting (1923), starring Wallace Beery and the 18-year-old Anna May Wong, and a newly discovered film by composer John Cage and sculptor Richard Lippold, The Sun Project (1956). Read more here.

6/1/12

FANDOR SUPPORTS HITCHCOCK WEB PREMIERE
June 1, 2012—Fandor, the curated on-demand movie service, has generously agreed to match the money raised last month by the 2012 For the Love of Film Blogathon by hosting the web premiere of The White Shadow on the NFPF website later this year. Read all about it here.

5/24/12

LET THERE BE LIGHT WEB PREMIERE
May 24, 2012—The National Archives' restoration of Let There Be Light (1946), John Huston's controversial WWII documentary about the treatment of the psychological wounds of war, debuts today on the NFPF's website. The new restoration, completed with services donated by Chace Audio by Deluxe through our grant program, will be available for free downloading and streaming through the end of August. The presentation is being generously hosted by Fandor. Read more about it here.

5/11/12

BLOGGERS SALUTE NFPF
May 11, 2012—For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon, an Internet fundraiser through which bloggers rally support for film preservation and access, kicks off on May 13 and runs through May 18. The NFPF is the enthusiastic recipient of this year's campaign. Read all about it here.

4/20/12

NFPF ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
April 20, 2012—A PDF version of our just-printed 2011 annual report is now available on our Web site. It provides an illustrative overview of our current activities and includes a comprehensive list of the more than 1,870 films we've helped save over the past 14 years. You can download it here.

4/17/12

HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY TO THE AVANT-GARDE MASTERS PROGRAM
April 17, 2012—The NFPF and The Film Foundation celebrate a decade of Avant-Garde Masters grants with a series of celebratory screenings kicking off April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival. Congratulations to the 2012 grant winners: Anthology Film Archives (Green Desire by Mike Kuchar), Harvard Film Archive (Aldo Tambellini’s “Black Films”), the Library of Congress (films by Ian Hugo), Temenos (Eniaios: Cycle VII by Gregory Markopoulos), and the Trisha Brown Dance Company (Jud Yalkut's Planes).  Read more here.

3/29/12

WEB PREMIERE
March 29, 2012—We're delighted to share three more films preserved through our partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive: Andy's Stump Speech (1924), a live-action campaign comedy inspired by one of the first cartoon characters to run for president, accompanied with sparkling new music by Michael Mortilla; the first two reels from Lois Weber's Idle Wives (1916), preserved by the Library of Congress, showing the impact of movies on everyday lives; and the irrepressible Monty Banks in Oils Well! (1923), a comic take on the international oil business. And who said silent films go out of date? Watch them here.

3/15/12

WEB PREMIERE: THREE MORE FROM NEW ZEALAND
March 15, 2012—As always, we are happy to share films saved through our partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive and the American film archives. Here are three more: The Jam Makers (1919?) with Bud and Susie, a Vitagraph melodrama A Window on Washington Park (1913), and the holiday treat An Easter “Lily” (1914) with child star Bobby Connelly. Watch them here.

1/31/12

WEB PREMIERE: THREE FROM NEW ZEALAND
January 31, 2012—We're delighted to showcase three more films saved through our partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive: Tropical Nights (1920), an evocative tinted “scenic”; a 1917 promotional film for Fordson Tractors; and the charming Western, Billy and His Pal (1911), presented with a new score by Michael Mortilla, commissioned by the Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage. Watch them here.

1/9/12

NEW WEB EXHIBITION SALUTES 2011 NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY
January 9, 2012—To celebrate the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, the NFPF is proud to present two avant-garde works named to the honor roll in 2011: Fake Fruit Factory by Chick Strand and I, An Actress by George Kuchar. Watch them here.

12/23/11

WEB PREMIERE: THREE FROM NEW ZEALAND
December 23, 2011—For your holiday viewing pleasure, we're delighted to present three more films preserved through our collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive. This round includes Won in a Closet (1914), directed by and starring the effervescent Mabel Normand, a 1917 automobile manufacturing saga from the Dodge Brothers, and the comedic short A Bashful Bigamist (1921). Watch them here.

12/7/11

NFPF ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF NEW AVANT-GARDE DVD SET
December 7, 2011—Thanks to a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts last month, and an earlier grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the NFPF announced production of Treasures 6: Next Wave Avant-Garde, a 2-DVD set to be released in fall 2013. Read more here.

11/23/11

FIRST NEW ZEALAND FILMS NOW SCREENING ONLINE
November 23, 2011—As preservation work wraps up on the American silent films discovered at the New Zealand Film Archive in 2010, we'll present selections on our Web site. Enjoy the first three samples here with our best Thanksgiving wishes.

11/16/11

TREASURES 5 RECEIVES "BEST OF THE WEST" AWARD
November 16, 2011—Treasures 5: The West has been named “Best Classic Western DVD” of the year by True West magazine. Announcing this "Best of the West" award in its annual Source Book, True West wrote "Treasures is a perfect description for this box set, and it’s the most consistently fascinating and entertaining DVD release of the year, hands down." Congratulations to everyone who contributed!

11/15/11

2012 GRANT GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE
November 15, 2011—The NFPF has opened registration for the 2012 Basic and Matching preservation grants and Avant-Garde Masters Grants. Click on the links for the deadlines and updated guidelines.

10/26/11

NFPF ANNOUNCES SUMMER GRANT RECIPIENTS
October 26, 2011—John Carpenter’s first student film and a 1925 newsreel about Buffalo Soldiers are among the 28 motion pictures slated for preservation. Read more here.

10/3/11

NFPF HONORED AT PORDENONE FILM FESTIVAL
October 3, 2011—The NFPF and the New Zealand Film Archive will be honored with the Jean Mitry Award at this year's Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the internationally renowned festival of silent film held annually in Pordenone, Italy. Read all about it here.

9/21/11

SCREENING OF THE WHITE SHADOW
September 21, 2011—Tomorrow the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will premiere the new preserved print of Alfred Hitchcock's The White Shadow, discovered at the New Zealand Film Archive during the NFPF's research. The film is the first surviving feature credited to the celebrated filmmaker. Eva Marie Saint will read a summary of the missing reels. Also showing are two other films received from the NZFA: Won in a Closet (1914), directed by and starring Mabel Normand, and Oil’s Well (1923), a Monty Banks comedy. Click here for more.

8/26/11

NFPF AT CINECON
August 26, 2011—The NFPF is thrilled to be honored at this year’s Cinecon Festival in Hollywood. On September 2, NFPF Assistant Director Jeff Lambert will introduce the screening of two films preserved through NFPF programs: The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914) and the Nazimova feature Stronger Than Death (1920). Click here for more information.

8/10/11

2011 AVANT-GARDE MASTERS GRANTS ANNOUNCED
August 10, 2011—Computer animations by Lillian Schwartz are among the 10 films slated for preservation. Films by Robert Chatterton, Mark Rappaport, Beryl Sokoloff, and Andy Warhol are also pegged for support. Read more here.

8/3/11

LOST HITCHCOCK FEATURE RECOVERED IN NEW ZEALAND
August 3, 2011—The New Zealand Film Archive and the NFPF are proud to announce the discovery of The White Shadow (1924), thought to be the earliest surviving feature from Alfred Hitchcock. Read all about it here.

7/14/11

NEW TREASURES WEB EXHIBITION
July 14, 2011—In celebration of the upcoming release of Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938, we are presenting a few Westerns from our previous DVD sets, as well as a special teaser from the new set. Watch them here.

6/15/11

NFPF AWARDS 36 GRANTS: 1919 “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA” EPIC AND JOHN FORD’S HOME MOVIES TO BE SAVED
June 16, 2011—The NFPF today announced grants to save 64 films, including director John Ford’s home movies and Lowell Thomas’s 1919 With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia, the phenomenally popular silent-era documentary that made T.E. Lawrence a household name. Awards went to 36 institutions. Read more here.

5/31/11

NFPF ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR WESTERN DVD BOX SET
May 31, 2011—Before High Noon, Unforgiven, and True Grit, there was a wilder, wider West on film. Today, the non-profit National Film Preservation Foundation announced the line-up of Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938, its 10-hour, 3-DVD box set celebrating the dynamic, gender-bending, ethnically diverse West that flourished in early movies but has never before been seen on video. The set will go on sale in September. Read more here.

5/18/11

NFPF ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
May 18, 2011—Hot off the press! A PDF version of our just-printed 2010 annual report is available on our Web site. It provides an illustrative overview of our current activities and includes a comprehensive list of the more than 1,700 films we've helped save over the past 13 years. You can download it here.

2/1/11

SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURES AWARD FOR NEW ZEALAND PROJECT
February 1, 2011—The NFPF has received a $203,000 federal grant to preserve 40 American silent films repatriated from New Zealand last year. The award, one of 61 announced today by Jon Jarvis, head of the National Park Service, is part of the Save America's Treasures program, a national initiative to preserve culturally significant collections, structures, and historic sites that epitomize the creativity and innovation of the American people. Among the other recipients were projects involving the preservation of Acoma Pueblo, the personal papers of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and the home of General Robert E. Lee. Read more here.

1/10/11

FILM CRITICS ANNOUNCE AWARD FOR UPSTREAM
January 10, 2011—The National Society of Film Critics presented the NFPF a 2010 Film Heritage Award for the rediscovery of John Ford’s Upstream (1927), one of 75 American silent-era films returned from the New Zealand Film Archive this past year. The award honors the many organizations that collaborated in the restoration of this long-lost feature, most notably the Academy Film Archive, New Zealand Film Archive, Park Road Post Production, and Twentieth Century Fox. Many thanks to NFPF consultants Leslie Lewis and Brian Meacham (AFA), who inspected thousands of feet of nitrate film on behalf of the American archival community.

1/1/11

NEW TREASURES WEB EXHIBITION
January 1, 2011—The new Web exhibition in our Treasures DVD series is a salute to our troops. Among the four featured films is John Huston's moving documentary The Battle of San Pietro. The exhibition will be showing in the Screening Room until the end of April. Watch them here.

12/9/10

2011 GRANT GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE
December 9, 2010—The NFPF has opened registration for the 2011 Basic and Matching preservation grants. Click on the links for the deadlines and updated guidelines.

11/2/10

NFPF RECEIVES GRANT TO COMPLETE SEARCH FOR RARE AMERICAN FILMS AT THE NEW ZEALAND FILM ARCHIVE
November 2, 2010—Thanks to a grant awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the NFPF will complete the assessment of early American nitrate films held by the New Zealand Film Archive. Read more here.

10/1/10

FOUR NEW FILMS IN SCREENING ROOM
October 1, 2010—A big thanks to Chicago Film Archives; Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library; San Francisco Media Archive; and University of Texas’s Ransom Center for sharing these films which were preserved through our grant programs. Watch them here.

9/29/10

NFPF ANNOUNCES SUMMER GRANT RECIPIENTS
September 29, 2010—Blackie the Wonder Horse and Appalachian moonshiners of the 1910s are among the far-ranging subjects captured on film by the 43 motion pictures targeted for preservation. Read more here.

9/1/10

NEW TREASURES WEB EXHIBITION
September 1, 2010—Don’t miss “Pioneering Woman Directors,” the new Web exhibition in our Treasures DVD series. It is featured in the Screening Room until the end of the year. Click here to see what’s showing.

8/31/10

NEW ZEALAND PROJECT FILM LIST ANNOUNCED
August 31, 2010—The 75 American films to be returned to the U.S. and preserved through the NFPF’s partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive were announced today. For the complete list and a slide show, click here.

8/13/10

UPSTREAM TO SCREEN AT PORDENONE
August 13, 2010—John Ford’s Upstream and the trailer for his lost feature Strong Boy will be showcased at the 29th Giornate del Cinema Muto, in Pordenone, Italy (October 2–9). The two are among the 75 long-unseen American silent films being preserved and made available through the NFPF's partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive. Click here for more information.

7/29/10

2010 AVANT-GARDE MASTERS GRANTS ANNOUNCED BY THE NFPF AND THE FILM FOUNDATION
July 29, 2010—A Scary Time by Shirley Clarke and Robert Hughes is among 11 films slated for preservation. Films by Richard Leacock and Edward Pincus, Stan Vanderbeek, Barbara McCullough, and Jorge Prelorán are also pegged for support. Read more here.

7/26/10

LONG THOUGHT LOST, JOHN FORD'S UPSTREAM (1927) TO SCREEN SEPTEMBER 1
July 26, 2010—The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen this first feature preserved through the NFPF’s partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The preservation of Upstream was a collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive. Click here for more information.

7/14/10

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
July 14, 2010—NFPF Director Annette Melville will be talking about the New Zealand repatriation project in a free program this coming Sunday. Click here for the festival schedule. An impressive lineup, as always!

7/14/10

NEW FEATURES ON WEB SITE
July 14, 2010—Good news for mobile device users: you can now watch the films on our site. We’ve also added a second version of Manhattan Trade School for Girls featuring the commentary of feminist film scholar Jennifer Bean of the University of Washington. Finally, try out our new site search tool in the upper right hand corner—it even searches our PDF publications!

6/16/10

NFPF ANNOUNCES SPRING GRANT RECIPIENTS
June 16, 2010—Billy Woodberry's Bless Their Little Hearts and 23 films by New York performance artist Stuart Sherman among those targeted for preservation. Read more here.

6/6/10

“LOST” AMERICAN FILMS FOUND IN NEW ZEALAND
June 6, 2010—Read here about the astonishing collection of 75 “lost” American silent shorts and features being returned to the U.S. thanks to a collaboration between the NFPF and the New Zealand Film Archive.

6/3/10

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEB SITE
June 3, 2010—We hope you like the new look and functionality of our site. Please let us know what you think—and don't be shy about reporting glitches and problems.

6/3/10

NOW PLAYING
June 3, 2010—One of the site's new features that we are most excited about is the Screening Room, where you can watch—in their entirety—some of the films made available through our programs. The films are complete with program notes.