Martin Scorsese

"Movies touch our hearts, awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places. They open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive."

 

Alexander Payne

"One of cinema’s greatest uses or values lies not just in its ability to capture reality, but to capture or suggest dream.  Other narrative arts could be related to dream as well, but only the cinema is able to do it with actual images corresponding mysteriously to reality and without a single spoken word—the language of dream."

 

Ang Lee

"I am a film lover before I am a filmmaker. It’s the reason I make movies. To preserve them, and watch them at their best condition is, very important to me."

 

Clint Eastwood

"So many films need to be restored, returned to life, and that’s why The Film Foundation is so important. Marty started something lasting, he created a consciousness of restoration and constant preservation."

 

Christopher Nolan

"We need film projectors and film prints - forever. If you want the choice, it's very important to support film now. Filmmakers are going out of their way to shoot film and talk about it. We want to see a world where there's a choice; it's important to preserve it for future generations."

 

Francis Ford Coppola

"If we lose one film, that’s one less title on that list of films ever made. So the work of preserving film under the leadership of Martin Scorsese and the foundation, and some of the great institutions that the foundation works with is very essential work."

 

George Lucas

"Preserving films, in terms of the legacy of the future, is probably the most important thing we can do. We spend a great deal of time, energy, money, trying to preserve antiquities, trying to preserve other art forms, and I think it’s equally important that we spend some of our resources to preserve films."

 

Paul Thomas Anderson

"There’s nothing like that thing that happens when a movie curtain opens up.  The first few moments, no matter what the film is, that thrill."

 

Peter Jackson

"When I was nine years old I saw the classic 1933 film, KING KONG. I was completely blown away by it. It took me to another world and I decided then and there that I wanted to be a filmmaker."

 

Robert Redford

"Independent films have emerged as not only a unique art form, but as a significant means of chronicling our times.  Preservation will ensure that this art form both endures and becomes an ongoing resource."

 

Steven Spielberg

"Protecting film, this profound analog art form, is a race against the clock, and The Film Foundation has been winning this race since 1990, when Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and I started to realize that the films that we loved were physically disappearing before our very eyes.  From the aspiring artists that we were as children to the filmmakers that we are today, we are an organization that’s fully committed to the preservation of works that not only inspired us back then to make movies, but that continue to motivate us."

 

Wes Anderson

"For me, what film preservation really means is not just a chance to get to see a movie that we might not have otherwise had the opportunity to see, a movie that might literally have disappeared, but it’s just as much the chance to see it right. That’s why I so strongly believe in and support The Film Foundation."

 

Woody Allen

"Anything we can do to preserve and allow future generations to have access to the great and even the not-so-great but very interesting films that have been made is something I think we should all get behind."

 

Robert Altman, In Memoriam

"Making a movie is like chipping away at a stone. You take a piece off here, you take a piece off there and when you're finished, you have a sculpture. You know that there's something in there, but you're not sure exactly what it is until you find it."

 

Curtis Hanson, In Memoriam

"Why is film preservation important?  First, from a historical point of view, motion pictures—documentaries, news reels, movies—all provide the best window into the time and place they were made. Through that window, we see how people lived, how they walked and talked, how they looked or wish they looked, what they thought, what they felt. Creatively speaking, the work of the artists of the past not only entertains, but instructs and inspires artists of the future."

 

Stanley Kubrick, In Memoriam

"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle."

 

Sydney Pollack, In Memoriam

"Films are part of our cultural history.  Like all accurate representations of who and what we are, they deserve preservation in their authentic form.  Like a building, a photograph, or a document, it helps locate us in time and gives us a sense of the geography of our lives.  We need an accurate understanding of the past in order to point us accurately toward the future."

 
Martin ScorseseAlexander PayneAng LeeClint EastwoodChristopher NolanFrancis Ford CoppolaGeorge LucasPaul Thomas AndersonPeter JacksonRobert RedfordSteven SpielbergWes AndersonWoody AllenRobert Altman, In MemoriamCurtis Hanson, In MemoriamStanley Kubrick, In MemoriamSydney Pollack, In Memoriam

The foundation is aligned with the Directors Guild of America,
whose President and Secretary-Treasurer also serve on the board.