Welcome to the National Film Preservation Foundation’s new blog, Access Alley. We’ll be using this space to share preserved films, highlight new preservation initiatives, provide scholarly writing, and spotlight screenings happening around the world. To celebrate this new endeavor we are posting Catskill Honeymoon (1950), a playful feature-length variety revue directed by Josef Berne. The film itself is a celebration; to commemorate 50 years of marriage, a Jewish couple travels to the Young’s Gap Hotel in the Catskills and is treated to a stage show full of Borscht Belt stalwarts and Yiddish singers galore. Catskill Honeymoon is also a document of a cultural moment in Jewish American life that is now long past. We hope you enjoy this valuable slice of film history preserved by the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection of Southern Methodist University.
Film preservation is only complete when the films are available for people to see. This blog is the latest step the NFPF is taking to expand access to archival films. You can subscribe to Access Alley via email and RSS feed using the link at the top of the page or you can just check back at filmpreservation.org on a regular basis. We plan to post at least once a week and are looking forward to streaming more films and sharing the results of our 2015 grant awards. We will alert our Facebook followers to new posts and now have a Twitter account where we’ll post links and images highlighting NFPF programs and spotlighting the larger film preservation community. Join us on this new online foray: please share Access Alley with your friends and colleagues and send your suggestions and comments to email@example.com.
Click here to enjoy Catskill Honeymoon.