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.


Contact: Jeff Lambert (415-392-7291, lambert@filmpreservation.org)

San Francisco, CA (September 29, 2010)—Meshie, a chimpanzee raised in a human family during the 1930s; the rise of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America; cattle ranching in Montana; the Catawba peoples of the Carolinas; Blackie the Wonder Horse’s epic 1938 swim across the San Francisco Bay; early aerial performances of the Trisha Brown Dance Company; the Rochester School for the Deaf; civil rights demonstrations in western New York State; and Appalachian moonshiners of the 1910s—these are among the far-ranging subjects captured on film by the 43 motion pictures green-lighted for preservation through grants announced today by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

“America has been documented for decades by moviemakers in every corner of the country,” said Professor Margaret Finnegan, who served on the expert panel that made the awards. “Thanks to these grants, 24 institutions will be able to save and share with the public historically significant films that reveal the American experience as it was actually lived.”

The NFPF summer preservation grants are made possible through funds made available through The Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2008 and services donated by public-spirited preservation laboratories. The resources provide support to create a film preservation master and two access copies of each work. Films preserved through NFPF programs are made available for on-site research and are seen widely through screenings, exhibits, DVDs, television broadcasts, and the Internet.

Since created by Congress in 1996, the NFPF has helped save more than 1,680 films and collections and supported film preservation in 219 archives, libraries, and museums across 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The summer grant recipients are:

  • American Museum of Natural History (NY)
  • Anthology Film Archives (NY)
  • Bard College (NY)
  • Center for Home Movies (CA)
  • Center for Visual Music (CA)
  • Country Music Hall of Fame (TN)
  • Florida Moving Image Archives (FL)
  • George Eastman House (NY)
  • Knox County Public Library (TN)
  • Montana Historical Society (MT)
  • National Museum of the American Indian (MD)
  • Northeast Historic Film (ME)
  • ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (CA)
  • Pacific Film Archive (CA)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Rochester School for the Deaf (NY)
  • San Francisco Media Archive (CA)
  • Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TN)
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company (NY)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (DC)
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. The NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. For the complete list of projects supported by the NFPF, visit the NFPF Web site: www.filmpreservation.org.

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