WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA DONATES $10,000 TO NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
Press release courtesy of the Writers Guild of America, west.
Los Angeles, CA (October 29, 1998)—The Writers Guild of America, west has made a $10,000 contribution to the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). Created by an act of Congress in 1996, the NFPF raises private funds to support the preservation of motion pictures.
The NFPF funds will be used to preserve culturally and historically important "orphan films" not protected by commercial interests. "Orphan films" include fictional films, documentaries, newsreels, one-reelers and even home movies of historical figures. The NFPF thus far has distributed preservation grants to twelve archives in nine states.
"America's rich film heritage includes hundreds of orphan films, many of them detailing the way we were in generations past. The way we dressed, the way we looked, the way we maintained a segregated social structure, the way we saw ourselves in small towns, farms and big cities all across the country," said Del Reisman, Writers Guild representative on the National Film Preservation Board. "These films represent an effort by hundreds of people to record, in truth and in fiction, the extraordinarily diverse American scene."
"Throughout the ages," says Fay Kanin, writer and chair of the National Film Preservation Board, "we have preserved our music, our art, our literature. Perhaps one of the most significant achievements of this century will be our commitment to the preservation of film, the moving image, truly the people's art form."
The $10,000 contribution places the Writers Guild prominently in this powerful national movement to keep a record of our remarkable American cultural heritage. Created by the U.S. Congress, the NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.
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