From August 20 to 22, Los Angeles will host the Reel Thing Technical Symposium, an annual set of presentations about technological advances in film preservation. Organized by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend, this year’s edition features a 25th Anniversary tribute to The Film Foundation, which has helped restore nearly 700 films since its creation 1990, including classics such as Night of the Hunter, A Woman Under the Influence, Leave Her to Heaven, and Rebel Without a Cause. It also offers the free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, which has taught over 10 million young people about film and its history.
TFF is one of the National Film Preservation Foundation’s staunchest supporters and makes possible our Avant-Garde Masters grant program, which turns 13 this year. We salute TFF’s quarter century mark and look forward to seeing what it will do in the decades ahead. The Reel Thing will also host a program on TFF’s most recent restoration, Marcel Ophul’s 1976 documentary The Memory of Justice, in partnership with the Academy Film Archive.