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“MOVIES ROCK” CELEBRATES FILM PRESERVATION

12/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

A clip reel showcasing the synergy between sound and picture in a selection of films preserved and restored with funding from The Film Foundation aired during the "Movies Rock" television special, broad cast on CBS on Friday, December 7th. Narrated by Martin Scorsese, the reel included scenes from twenty-six films representing a wide selection of the preservation work undertaken by the foundation. Among the films included were SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943, d. Alfred Hitchcock), FORCE OF EVIL (1949, d. Abraham Polonsky), ON THE WATERFRONT (1954, d. Elia Kazan), SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963, d. Samuel Fuller), ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, d. Sergio Leone), ERASERHEAD (1977, d. David Lynch), and ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE (1978, d. Les Blank).

"Movies Rock" is a Condé Nast Media Group Production in conjunction with the Producers Guild of America and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. For more information on “Movies Rock,” please visit the website.

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TOP PRIZE STILL UP FOR GRABS AT ROME FEST

Eric J. Lyman

10/26/2007 12:00:00 AM

As the second RomaCinemaFest draws to a close, the race for the event's Marcus Aurelius prize for best film appears as wide open as the path down the festival's red carpet is well worn.

With critics and the local media split on the best films of the festival, attention has focused on the red carpet which, despite a smattering of last-minute cancellations, has nonetheless hosted a steady stream of A-list talent.

The most recent stars to waltz down the crimson path to the Parco della Musica were Ang Lee and Sean Penn, with Halle Berry expected to be the focus of paparazzi flashbulbs Friday.

Lee came to town for the official screening of "Once Upon a Time in the West." The Sergio Leone classic was refurbished by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, of which Lee is one of the leading lights.

Penn, meanwhile, came to Rome ahead of the screening of his fifth directorial effort, "Into the Wild," which tells the story of a 22-year-old who gives away everything to set out on a life of adventure. An enthusiastic Penn and the film's Emile Hirsch charmed the three-deep crowd along the red carpet for several minutes, signing autographs and posing for photos.

As of Thursday, no competition film seemed to attract more than its fair share of attention. It was a marked contrast from last year, when the eventual winner, Kirill Serebrennikov's Russian drama "Playing the Victim," had become a critics' darling. Among the 13 competition films to have screened through Thursday, at least seven had been mentioned in the local media as a possible prize winner.

Friday will see the arrival of Berry with her dramatic love story "Things We Lost in the Fire," which co-stars Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. The final competition title, Jason Reitman's "Juno," also premieres Friday.


The restoration of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST was made possible with support by The Film Foundation and The Rome Film Festival in association with Sergio Leone Productions and Paramount Pictures.

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THE FILM FOUNDATION, VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE, AND BMW HOST “REEL TALK” EVENT FEATURING BEN AFFLECK’S NEW FILM, GONE BABY GONE

10/2/2007 12:00:00 AM

The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair co-hosted another in its series of “Reel Talk” events October 2nd at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.  The evening began with an advance screening of Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, GONE BABY GONE. Following the screening, Affleck and cast members Casey Affleck and Amy Ryan joined moderator Chris Connelly for a discussion of the film. The evening continued at Social Hollywood with a post-screening reception. 

The “Reel Talk” series, currently in its fourth year, celebrates the art and history of cinema, underscoring the importance of film preservation.  

Special thanks to Miramax Films, Derek Jeter Driven Black by Avon, Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate, and Pravda Vodka.

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Ernie Gehr’s Side/Walk/Shuttle Slated for Preservation

National Film Preservation Foundation

9/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

San Francisco, CA (September 19, 2007)—“If Giotto had been an action painter his name would be Ernie Gehr,” wrote film critic J. Hoberman who listed Gehr’s Side/Walk/Shuttle as one of the ten best films of the 1990s.  “The movie is pure sensation: it has the effect of a slow-motion roller coaster…San Francisco is so viscerally and obsessively transformed that Gehr might honorably have titled his movie Vertigo.”

The preservation of Side/Walk/Shuttle by the Museum of Modern Artis one of three projects made possible in 2007 through the Avant-Garde Masters Grants, the collaboration by The Film Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation to save landmark works by influential American experimental filmmakers. Also slated for preservation are an experimental documentary by Pop artist Larry Rivers (Larry Rivers Foundation) and four films produced by George Kuchar with his San Francisco Art Institute students (Harvard Film Archive). The three archives will split the $50,000 award funded by The Film Foundation.

“The Museum of Modern Art is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ernie Gehr to save this acclaimed film,” said MoMA’s film curator Steven Higgins. MoMA has a long history of collaboration with the filmmaker and will open Gehr’s installation Panoramas of the Moving Image: Mechanical Slides and Dissolving Views from Nineteenth-Century Magic Lantern Shows this week. 

The Avant-Garde Masters is the first grant program targeting the preservation of America’s experimental film heritage. The program encourages archives to work directly with filmmakers to save works significant to the development of the avant-garde in America. The program is funded by The Film Foundation and managed by the NFPF. The winning projects are selected by an expert panel drawn from the film community.

Over the five years of the program Avant-Garde Masters Grants have preserved films by Kenneth Anger, Samuel Beckett, Bruce Conner, Hollis Frampton, Larry Gottheim, George and Mike Kuchar, Gregory Markopoulos, Jonas Mekas, Tom Palazzolo, Carolee Schneemann, and Frank Stauffacher. The full roster is posted on the NFPF Web site, www.filmpreservation.org.

The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. The NFPF has supported film preservation in 41 states and the District of Columbia and has helped save more than 1,100 films and collections. The NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

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