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NFPF Films at the UCLA Festival of Preservation

Production still from The Way of Peace: photographer, puppet designer, and producer Wah Ming Chang at work on a miniature, with art-director/producer Blanding Sloan.

This week marks the return of UCLA Film & Television Archive’s biennial Festival of Preservation. Playing all through March, the Festival showcases UCLA’s recent achievements in safeguarding and making available its many film treasures, five of which were preserved through recent NFPF grants.

The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), Howard Alk and Mike Gray's documentary on the violent death of the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, will be preceded by The Jungle (1967), a vivid portrayal of Philadelphia street life starring and made by African American gang members. In 2009 it was named to the National Film Registry.

Also on the Registry is The Way of Peace (1947), an animated plea for pacifism written and directed … Read more

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The NFPF Presents “Saving Orphan Films”

Faces & Fortunes (1959), one of seven NFPF grant films screening at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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.

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NFPF Screening at the Exploratorium

Butterfly (1967) by Shirley Clarke and her daughter Wendy (pictured above).

On Thursday, October 20, the Exploratorium in San Francisco presents “Seasons of Unrest: Activist Filmmaking in the Vietnam Era,” an evening of films that explore the divided and fractious state of the union during the late 1960s and onward. All six films were preserved through National Film Preservation Foundation grants by archives across the country and will be presented via sparkling new 16mm prints. Despite the passage of four decades, these works remain compellingly relevant. The roster includes:

  • The Jungle (1967), a vivid portrayal of Philadelphia street life starring and made by African American gang members, named to the National Film Registry in 2009. Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.
  • Young Braves (1968), a student-produced ethnographic study and a celebration of a group of Puerto Rican teens in … Read more

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When Buster Keaton Met Samuel Beckett: FILM and NOTFILM

Buster Keaton caught by the camera in FILM (1965).

Sometimes preservation can give a film a second life, or even inspire a movie about it. A case in point is FILM (1965), an avant-garde short that united two great 20th-century artists: Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton.

Producer Barney Rosset, founder of Grove Press and Beckett’s publisher, envisioned producing a trilogy of short films written by his most famous clients, but only Beckett’s script made it to the big screen. It remains the only movie written by the Nobel Prize–winning author/playwright, who closely supervised the Brooklyn-set production during his only trip to America. Director Alan Schneider was a longtime Beckett collaborator who had staged the first American production of Waiting for Godot, while the cinematographer was Oscar-winner Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront).

The star, in one of his last major roles, was … Read more

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NFPF Preserved Film Screenings

The title card of Lyman H. Howe’s Famous Ride on a Runaway Train (1921).

The NFPF blog awakens from its winter hibernation to bring you news of two NFPF-related screenings. This Wednesday, February 24, Executive Director Jeff Lambert will present “NFPF Preservation Highlights,” consisting of films saved through our grant programs (or appearing on our Treasures DVDs) at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California. Jeff will provide an overview of the NFPF’s activities and will introduce eight movies representing the wide range of our projects, with highlights such as Notes on the Port of St. Francis (1951), Frank Stauffacher’s poetic portrait of San Francisco, narrated by Vincent Price, and Lyman H. Howe’s Famous Ride on a Runaway Train (1921), a thrill-packed novelty short filmed from the train that inspired America’s first roller coasters. The film, accompanied with its vintage sound-effects disc, … Read more

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