On Saturday, February 25, a screening of films preserved through the NFPF will take place at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Titled “Saving ‘Orphan’ Films,” it’s one of several programs scheduled for the Center’s “Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration.”
The screening will be introduced by NFPF Executive Director Jeff Lambert, who in a recent interview by the Wexner Center’s blog discusses the mission of the NFPF and its work. He also touches upon the films that will be screened in 35mm and 16mm, whose variety demonstrates the wide range of films preserved by our grant programs. The titles are:
• Fifty Million Years Ago (1925), an introduction to the theory of evolution told through stop-motion animation. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.
• Faces & Fortunes (1959), a stylish sponsored film about corporate branding, made by Chicago’s Goldsholl Design Associates for Kimberly-Clark. Preserved by the Chicago Film Archives.
• Young Braves (1968), an auto-portrait of a group of Puerto Rican teens and their street activities. Preserved by the New York Public Library.
• A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, CA (1974), a stroboscopic documentation of counter-cultural religious radicals, by avant-garde filmmaker Owen Land. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives.
• 24 Frames Per Second (1977), Shirley Clarke’s rapid-fire montage of classic Persian miniatures. Preserved by the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.
• Day of the Dead (1957), an award-winning Technicolor documentary from the Eames Studio about Mexico’s All Souls Day celebrations, with music by Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Preserved by the Library of Congress.
• Multiple Sidosis (1970), a tour de force of amateur ingenuity by Sidney Laverents, named to the National Film Registry in 2000. Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.