National Film Preservation Foundation

National Film Preservation Foundation http://www.filmpreservation.org Growing from a national planning effort led by the Library of Congress, the National Film Preservation Foundation works directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.

The NFPF raises money, awards grants, and organizes cooperative projects that enable archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and universities to work together to save American films not preserved by commercial interests. Since opening our doors, we have helped preserve 2,230 films and collections and assisted organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Am

The NFPF raises money, awards grants, and organizes cooperative projects that enable archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and universities to work together to save American films not preserved by commercial interests. Since opening our doors, we have helped preserve 2,230 films and collections and assisted organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Am

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64 amazing films selected for preservation through the NFPF's 2021 grant program. Congratulations to all the archives.ht...
06/17/2021
National Film Preservation Foundation64 Orphan Films to be Preserved Through the NFPF’s 2021 Grants

64 amazing films selected for preservation through the NFPF's 2021 grant program. Congratulations to all the archives.
https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2021/6/17/64-orphan-films-to-be-preserved-through-the-nfpf-s-2021-grants

Two of the films are notable for illuminating the multicultural and transnational aspects of early American cinema. Santa (1932), to be preserved by the Paseo del Norte Foundation, is a melodrama directed by Spanish American silent star Antonio Moreno and produced by Azteca Films, a company based in...

In honor of Earth Day the NFPF spotlights 'Beach Hike', a conservation film about a 3-day hike, led by Supreme Court Jus...
04/22/2021
National Film Preservation FoundationTake a Hike—for the Environment

In honor of Earth Day the NFPF spotlights 'Beach Hike', a conservation film about a 3-day hike, led by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, protesting a proposed coastal highway along the Olympic Peninsula. Preserved and made available by @OrHist

https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2021/4/22/take-a-hike-for-the-environment

In honor of Earth Day we turn the Orphan Film spotlight on Beach Hike (1958), a conservation film about a three-day hike protesting a proposed coastal highway along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

The NFPF is excited to announce that Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film at Netflix, is joining the NFPF's Board of Direct...
04/19/2021
Netflix's Scott Stuber Joins Board of National Film Preservation Foundation (Exclusive)

The NFPF is excited to announce that Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film at Netflix, is joining the NFPF's Board of Directors.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflixs-scott-stuber-joins-board-of-national-film-preservation-foundation-exclusive

Netflix's Scott Stuber Joins Board of National Film Preservation Foundation (Exclusive) 11:00 AM PDT 4/19/2021 by Borys Kit FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Kevin Winter/Getty Images Stuber joins directors Zooey Deschanel, Martin Scorsese, Alfre Woodard and Larry Karaszewski, among others, in the organizat...

Sculptor Cornelia Chapin's home movies capture her at work creating some of her iconic creations. Watch them courtesy th...
03/25/2021
National Film Preservation Foundation Artist’s Spotlight: Cornelia Chapin

Sculptor Cornelia Chapin's home movies capture her at work creating some of her iconic creations. Watch them courtesy the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and read more at the NFPF blog.

https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2021/3/25/artist-s-spotlight-cornelia-chapin

For Women’s History Month the NFPF is calling attention to the home movies of Cornelia Van Auken Chapin (1893–1972), preserved through an NFPF grant by the Archives of American Art, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution

Check out this fascinating expedition film preserved by the American Museum of Natural History with a 2019 NFPF Preserva...
03/15/2021
Scientific Expedition to the South Pacific Film | AMNH

Check out this fascinating expedition film preserved by the American Museum of Natural History with a 2019 NFPF Preservation Grant. AMNH Special Collections Librarian Greg Raml writes about the expedition and its resident documentarian Toshio Asaeda in the accompanying blog post.

Watch the film and learn more about the Museum's Templeton Crocker Pacific Expedition.

Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973), preserved with an NFPF grant, is currently streaming thanks...
02/25/2021
National Film Preservation FoundationListening to Gordon Parks

Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973), preserved with an NFPF grant, is currently streaming thanks to Washington University in St. Louis. Read more about the short film here: https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2021/2/25/listening-to-gordon-parks

During a month that celebrates the history and accomplishments of African Americans, it’s more than appropriate to highlight Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973). Preserved through a 2019 NFPF grant by Washington University in St. Louis, this once-rare documentary honors an ...

Ending 2020 with some good news!Gunvor Nelson's MY NAME IS OONA is among the dozen films singled out for preservation th...
12/31/2020
National Film Preservation Foundation12 Films to be Preserved through Avant-Garde Masters Grants

Ending 2020 with some good news!

Gunvor Nelson's MY NAME IS OONA is among the dozen films singled out for preservation through eh NFPF and The Film Foundation's Avant-Garde Masters grants, generously funded by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2020/12/31/12-films-to-be-preserved-through-avant-garde-masters-grants

The Pacific Film Archive will preserve ten films that were distributed by the Bay Area–based Serious Business Company (SBC), an independent film distribution company founded by Freude (1942–2009), operating from 1972 to 1984. Among them is Gunvor Nelson’s masterpiece My Name is Oona (1969). Na...

The NFPF is proud to announce the 47 films being preserved through our 2020 grants program. Congratulations to the grant...
09/30/2020
National Film Preservation Foundation47 Orphan Films Saved Through the 2020 NFPF Grants

The NFPF is proud to announce the 47 films being preserved through our 2020 grants program. Congratulations to the grant-winners!

https://www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2020/9/30/47-orphan-films-saved-through-the-2020-nfpf-grants

Two of the grant-winners were once thought lost. Black Chariot (1971), a grassroots-financed feature about the Black liberation struggle, was directed by Robert L. Goodwin—one of the few Black screenwriters working in Hollywood at the time—and stars Bernie Casey. “For nearly fifty years Black ...

Four films preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive through the NFPF's grant program will be screening as part of its...
01/10/2020
American Neorealism, Part One: 1948-1984 | UCLA Film & Television Archive

Four films preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive through the NFPF's grant program will be screening as part of its upcoming film series "American Neorealism": Kent MacKenzie's THE EXILES (1961), THE JUNGLE (1967), Charles Burnett's SEVERAL FRIENDS (1969), and Billy Woodberry's BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS (1984).

The profound influence of Italian neorealism on the postwar cinemas of Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia is standard film history. In a nutshell, Roberto Rossellini (Rome, Open City, 1945), Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves, 1948), Luchino Visconti (La terra trema, 1948) and others transformed....

The National Film Preservation Foundation is excited to be a co-presenter of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's Am...
04/29/2019
National Film Preservation Foundation“Amazing Tales from the Archives” at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The National Film Preservation Foundation is excited to be a co-presenter of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's Amazing Tales from the Archives on Thursday, May 2nd at the beautiful Castro Theater. Read more on our site:

www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2019/4/22/amazing-tales-from-the-archives-at-the-san-francisco-silent-film-festival

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On Thursday, May 2, the National Film Preservation Foundation will co-present “Amazing Tales from the Archives” at the San Francisco Silent Festival. This free lecture program, begun in 2006, features archivists from around the world presenting field reports on new and exciting preservation proj...

We just added to our website 6 silent fiction and nonfiction shorts preserved through our ongoing project with the EYE F...
10/26/2018
National Film Preservation Foundation: EYE Project

We just added to our website 6 silent fiction and nonfiction shorts preserved through our ongoing project with the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam: The Backyard, Cupid in Quarantine, From Ore to Finished Product, The Last Word in Chickens, Red Saunders’ Sacrifice, and Uncommon Clay. A big thanks to the musicians and writers who contributed the new scores and essays that accompany the films: Cynthia Chris, Stephen Horne, Riley Humler, Peter Liebhold, Steve Massa, Ben Model, Michael Mortilla, and Scott Simmon .

Through a multi-year collaboration involving the EYE Filmmuseum, NFPF, Library of Congress, Academy Film Archive, Oregon Historical Society, and National Museum of American History, scores of “lost” American silent-era films are being returned to the big screen and shared with new audiences. Tha...

Eleven films to be preserved through the NFPF and The Film Foundation, including early works by Stan VanDerBeek, three b...
10/11/2018
National Film Preservation Foundation11 Films to be Preserved Through Avant-Garde Masters Grants

Eleven films to be preserved through the NFPF and The Film Foundation, including early works by Stan VanDerBeek, three by Marjorie Keller, and PAPER MOON by Flora Mock:
www.filmpreservation.org/blog/2018/10/11/11-films-to-be-preserved-through-avant-garde-masters-grants

Seven Stan VanDerBeek films from the 1950s and ’60s, a trio of acclaimed experimental visions from Marjorie Keller, and an animated cut-out film from Flora Mock will be preserved through the 2018 Avant-Garde Masters Grants, awarded by The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundati...

We've added 24 films to the Online Field Guide to Sponsored Films. Highlights include Joseph Losey's first directorial e...
08/14/2018
National Film Preservation Foundation24 Films Join the NFPF's Online Field Guide to Sponsored Films

We've added 24 films to the Online Field Guide to Sponsored Films. Highlights include Joseph Losey's first directorial effort, "Pete-Roleum and His Cousins" (1939), which he made with Charley Bowers!

Today the NFPF adds 24 films to its Online Field Guide to Sponsored Films, a free digital screening room that presents entries from The Field Guide to Sponsored Films, written by Rick Prelinger and published by the NFPF in 2006.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 NFPF film preservation grant recipients!
07/18/2018
National Film Preservation FoundationCelebrating the 2018 NFPF Grant Winners—And 20 Years of Grant-giving!

Congratulations to all of the 2018 NFPF film preservation grant recipients!

The National Film Preservation Foundation proudly announces that 35 films have been chosen for preservation through its federally funded grant program. The selection ranges from Street Corner Stories (1977), Warrington Hudlin’s documentary about the vernacular storytelling practices of a New Haven...

The upcoming Orphan Film Symposium at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will feature a plethora of unusual and ma...
04/06/2018
National Film Preservation FoundationNFPF Films at the Orphan Film Symposium

The upcoming Orphan Film Symposium at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will feature a plethora of unusual and magical films, including a number of celluloid treats preserved thanks to support from the NFPF. It is sure to be an event for the ages.

The 11th Orphan Film Symposium will be held April 11-14 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Presented by New York University’s Department of Cinema Studies and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, the event brings together scholars, archivists, curators, media ar...

We're very excited to premiere six more films from our repatriation project with EYE Filmmuseum, all of them presented w...
12/01/2017
National Film Preservation Foundation: EYE Project

We're very excited to premiere six more films from our repatriation project with EYE Filmmuseum, all of them presented with new music and essays. A big round of thanks to our composers (Michael Mortilla, Ben Model, and Stephen Horne) and scholars (J.B. Kaufman, Steve Massa, Jennifer Peterson, Tracy Salcedo, Peter Liebhold, and Helena Wright). Enjoy!

Through a multi-year collaboration involving the EYE Filmmuseum, NFPF, Library of Congress, Academy Film Archive, Oregon Historical Society, and National Museum of American History, scores of “lost” American silent-era films are being returned to the big screen and shared with new audiences. Tha...

10/26/2017
Blackie the Wonder Horse Swims the Golden Gate (1938)

Blackie the Wonder Horse Swims the Golden Gate (1938)

Blackie the Wonder Horse swam the Golden Gate channel to settle a bet between San Francisco businessman Richie "Shorty" Roberts and Bay Meadows operator Bill...

06/13/2017
57 Films To Be Saved Through the NFPF’s 2017 Preservation Grants

The NFPF has announced the 2017 film preservation grant winners. Thirty-six organizations will receive funding to preserve a plethora of films, including BROKEN BARRIERS (1919), the first motion-picture adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem story that inspired FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, to CODE BLUE (1972), a recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the medical field made by Henry Hampton’s Blackside Inc., the Emmy-winning producer of EYES ON THE PRIZE.

The National Film Preservation Foundation is proud to announce the films slated for preservation through its annual federally funded grant program. The grants will allow 36 institutions across 16 states to preserve 57 films from their collections. The selections range from

If you haven't had the chance to visit our new online digital access project focusing on films from THE FIELD GUIDE TO S...
05/16/2017
Navigating the well-curated, deeply weird Sponsored Films online archive

If you haven't had the chance to visit our new online digital access project focusing on films from THE FIELD GUIDE TO SPONSRED FILMS, The Verge has posted a great introduction to the site.

From animated socialist ants to Frank Sinatra fighting bigotry, it’s a treasure trove of free-to-stream old-school oddities, preserved for the present

05/10/2017
National Film Preservation Foundation Presents The House I Live In (1945)

Now on the NFPF site: Frank Sinatra in a film by Mervyn LeRoy and sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. It was preserved by The Library of Congress and can now be streamed or downloaded for free. It is one of 102 sponsored films added to the NFPF site as part of our new digital access initiative.

05/09/2017
National Film Preservation Foundation: Sponsored Films

The NFPF is pleased to launch a new online component to the landmark FIELD GUIDE TO SPONSORED FILMS by Rick Prelineger. More than 100 films are now available for viewing, most in HD and downloadable: www.filmpreservation.org/sponsored-films

by Rick Prelinger. Made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, this annotated filmography singles out 452 sponsored films of particular historical, cultural, and artistic interest from the more than 300,000 thought to have been made. From animated propaganda in Technicolor to a call for rac...

Don't miss our fun and fabulous screening of sponsored films at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this coming Tuesday at ...
05/05/2017
FIELD GUIDE TO SPONSORED FILMS | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Don't miss our fun and fabulous screening of sponsored films at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this coming Tuesday at 7pm. Highlights include THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, featuring our favorite crooner Frank Sinatra, and SHAKE HANDS WITH DANGER, a Caterpillar Tractor safety film directed by “Herk” Harvey of CARNIVAL OF SOULS fame.

Join the National Film Preservation Foundation to celebrate its newest project—an online Field Guide to Sponsored Films. From…

New article about a screening celebrating the NFPF's new sponsored film digital access initiative happening this Saturda...
03/30/2017
Built to persuade and convince, 'Sponsored Films' now entertain

New article about a screening celebrating the NFPF's new sponsored film digital access initiative happening this Saturday, April 1: Field Guide to Sponsored Films | Freep Film Fest

Stay tuned as we get ready to launch this project for the public later this spring.

Freep Film Festival screens "Field Guide to Sponsored Films," which collects rare corporate and institutional movies.

Preserved by the Hoover Institution with a grant from the NFPF, SOVIET RUSSIA THROUGH THE EYES OF AN AMERICAN, a 1935 tr...
03/29/2017
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Preserved by the Hoover Institution with a grant from the NFPF, SOVIET RUSSIA THROUGH THE EYES OF AN AMERICAN, a 1935 travelogue by Charles Stuart, shot in Russia and Soviet Georgia. Streaming for public edification.

Soviet Russia through the Eyes of an American from the Charles Stuart collection. Click the following link for more information and a description of the film...

This Monday at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco the NFPF will celebrate sponsored films and announce our new digita...
03/17/2017
NFPF FIELD GUIDE trailer

This Monday at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco the NFPF will celebrate sponsored films and announce our new digital access initiative. There are still tickets available if you are in the Bay Area.

This is "NFPF FIELD GUIDE trailer" by Alamo Drafthouse on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

If you live in Chicago, don't miss this free screening next Thursday, March 16, of three remarkable films about alternat...
03/08/2017
CFA presents CHICAGO PUBLIC – Chicago Film Archives

If you live in Chicago, don't miss this free screening next Thursday, March 16, of three remarkable films about alternative education that were recently preserved by Chicago Film Archives with support from the NFPF.

Not all students are alike, right? Some might need…well…an alternate approach to learning. Come join us as we premier three newly conserved films about Chicago’s approach to students who just didn’t fit into the cookie-cutter category during the 1960s.

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