SCREEN ACTORS GUILD FOUNDATION GRANTS $50,000 TO NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
Press release courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild.
Los Angeles, CA (September 25, 1998)—The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is pleased to announce a grant award of $50,000 to the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). The grant, payable over the next two years, will support the preservation of "orphan films"—works not protected by commercial interests. The award is the latest of the SAG Foundation's efforts to preserve and illuminate the long and rich history of the Guild, the film industry, and the labor movement.
"The grant to the National Film Preservation Foundation furthers our commitment to preserve yesterday and today for tomorrow," stated Marcia Smith, Executive Director of the SAG Foundation.
"We all have an investment in film preservation—in saving what we, as artists and craftspeople, have created," stated Laurence Fishburne, who serves on the NFPF Board of Directors. "I am extremely proud that actors have joined the effort to save our film heritage."
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is the charitable, educational and humanitarian arm of the Guild. Since its founding ten years ago, the Foundation has assisted more than 50,000 performers and their loved ones. The Foundation offers a wide range of services to Guild members as well as opportunities to participate in community outreach programs. The SAG Foundation, through their Legacy Documentation Program has completed dozens of interviews to date, including discussions with Cliff Robertson, Buddy Ebsen, Henry Fonda, Gloria Stuart and Ed Asner.
"The Legacy Documentation Program offers an unparalleled window into the early struggles and successes of the Guild, as seen through the eyes of the actors and other industry professionals who truly made history," explained SAG President Richard Masur, who also serves as an alternate Board member on the National Film Preservation Board.
The National Film Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving America's film heritage. Working with nonprofit 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. Created by the U.S. Congress, the NFPF is a charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.
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