Exhibition Reel of Two Color Film (ca. 1929)

An experimental color short in Brewster Color, preserved by George Eastman House and presented on the More Treasures DVD set.

Seventeen Archives from Coast to Coast Receive Support

Contact: Suzanne Lee, NFPF, 415-392-7291

San Francisco, CA (May 3, 1999)—The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) today announced the award of film preservation grants to seventeen archives across the U.S. Among this year's winning projects are an American-produced travelogue of Stalin's Russia; newsreel outtakes of women aviators from the 1920s; the 1962 industrial short Shoes on the Move; and Verdict: Not Guilty, a social commentary on the U.S. justice system by African American filmmakers in the late 1920s.

"These films are windows into a world not found in history books. They provide a view of the changing face of the Twentieth Century and the rich diversity of the American experience," observed Fay Kanin, Chair of the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board, who served on the grant review panel.

Through the Partnership Grants Program, the NFPF links nonprofit and public archives with commercial laboratories donating preservation services. These grants of services target films made outside the commercial mainstream and fund the creation of both preservation masters and access copies.

"We are awarding grants to seventeen archives across the country—in Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, and seven other states and the District of Columbia," said NFPF Board Member John F. Cooke, Executive Vice President, The Walt Disney Company. "The momentum is growing. Film preservation is becoming a national movement."

The 1999 Partnership Grants recipients are:

  • Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Emory University Library
  • George Eastman House
  • Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Library of Congress
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota State University
  • UCLA Film and Television Archive
  • University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive
  • University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
  • Utah State Historical Society
  • Yale University Library

The National Film Preservation Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving America's film heritage. Working with 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. The NFPF focuses on "orphan films" that are not protected by commercial interests. Created by the U.S. Congress, the NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

For more information on the Partnership Grants Program and the winning projects, please visit the NFPF web site: www.filmpreservation.org.

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