Held annually at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the EYE Film Conference attracts archivists, curators, and film scholar and preservationists from around the world. This year’s conference will be held from May 27—29 and themed Activating the Archive: Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.
The NFPF will take part on Monday, May 28 with the presentation “National Parks, Nitrate Film, and America's Memory of the Commons.” The National Park Service was created by Congress in 1916, and today more than 400 National Parks enrich the nation. Early cinematic depictions of the parks show us how these lands and their natural beauty have served citizens and visitors since their opening, and take us back to the now-distant years of their first public use.
The National Film Preservation Foundation—in collaboration with the EYE Filmmuseum, the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences—has preserved two early films demonstrating the grandeur of the National Parks. A Trip Through Lassen Volcanic National Park (1918) tours the active Californian volcano two years after the area was made a national park. Flaming Canyons (1929) is a stencil-colored travelogue promoting the wonders of Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Preserved from one-of-a-kind nitrate prints safeguarded at EYE, these films are now accessible online for the public and freely available for educational purposes.