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1990

The Film Foundation (TFF) is created by Martin Scorsese, along with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg to address the urgent need for film preservation.

The Archivists Advisory Council is formed; Robert Rosen serves as chair. Founding archives/organizations include: George Eastman House (GEH), Library of Congress (LOC), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), UCLA Film & Television Archive (UCLA), and the National Center for Film and Video at the AFI. The Academy, Anthology Film Archives, BFI National Archive (BFI), Cineteca di Bologna, and the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) join the council in later years.

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1991

TFF funds its first restoration project. Five films from Republic Pictures: FORCE OF EVIL, THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI, PURSUED, RAMROD, and THE RED PONY (shown on right), are restored by UCLA.

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1992

TFF funds the restoration of Josef von Sternberg's THE SHANGHAI GESTURE at GEH.

1993

AMC, in partnership with TFF, launches the first on-air "Film Preservation Festival" featuring interviews with filmmakers and archivists, and films such as BECKY SHARP (shown on left), restored by UCLA.

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1994

Fred Zinnemann is the first recipient of the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

1995

FIAF hosts Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg along with Peter Bogdanovich, Charles Burnett, and Nora Ephron at the Academy for a tribute to film preservation.

Steven Spielberg receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

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1996

The HFPA makes its first contribution to TFF, which funds restorations of SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE BIGAMIST (shown above) at UCLA.

Italian TV broadcasts an unauthorized colorized version of THE SEVENTH CROSS. The film's director, Fred Zinnemann, calls for the station to pledge that they will respect the rights of film authors and cease all broadcasts of the colorized version, but the station does not comply.

Martin Scorsese receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

1997

TFF contributes funding to the newly created NFPF to preserve "orphan" films.

1998

TFF funds the restoration of Frank Lloyd's LES MISERABLES (shown below) at GEH.

TFF hosts a panel on film preservation at the UN World Television Forum, with Gillian Armstrong, Olivier Assayas, Masato Harada, Sidney Lumet, Dariush Mehrjui, and Giuseppe Tornatore, moderated by Robert Rosen.

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1999

TFF funds the restoration of John Cassavetes' SHADOWS (shown above) at UCLA.

At the world premiere of EYES WIDE SHUT, Warner Bros., Terry Semel, and Robert Daly make a major contribution to TFF to fund special restoration projects dedicated to the memory of TFF founding board member, Stanley Kubrick.

2000

TFF begins to develop The Story of Movies educational program in partnership with the Artists Rights Foundation.

DGA-MPI Conservation Collection is established to conserve a 35mm release print of every Directors Guild of America (DGA) signatory film produced.

Sydney Pollack receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

2002

TFF consolidates with The Artists Rights Foundation, becoming aligned with the DGA and gaining invaluable support.

Elliot Silverstein receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

2001

TFF funds the restoration of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER along with "CHARLES LAUGHTON DIRECTS THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER" (shown on right) at UCLA featuring two and a half hours of rare footage skillfully assembled by archivist Robert Gitt.

TFF funds the restoration of Elia Kazan's A FACE IN THE CROWD at UCLA and Alfred Hitchcock's SHADOW OF A DOUBT at LOC.

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2003

The Avant-Garde Masters Grant, funded by TFF and administered by NFPF, is created as the first grant solely dedicated to the preservation of American experimental film. Preserved in this cycle are works by George and Mike Kuchar and Kenneth Anger's RABBIT'S MOON (shown above) preserved at UCLA.

Vanity Fair Magazine and TFF launch the "Reel Talk" screening series.

Robert Redford delivers the 16th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center. TFF and Americans for the Arts co-host the event, which included a screening of the 1927 silent film, MY BEST GIRL, restored by UCLA, accompanied by composer Donald Sosin on piano.

Curtis Hanson receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

2004

TFF funds the restoration of Jean Renoir's THE RIVER (shown below) at the Academy.

Robert Altman and Buck Henry discuss film and politics at the DGA NY theater as part of "Reel Talk."

Bertrand Tavernier receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

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2005

An Italian Court rules that broadcasting the colorized version of THE SEVENTH CROSS violated the moral rights of director Fred Zinnemann.

TFF funds the restoration of THE INDIAN RAID and ATTACK OF THE INDIANS at GEH. The films represent 2 of only 3 features directed by James Young Deer, one of the first Native American film directors.

2006

TFF and Gucci announce new partnership "Cinema Visionaries," which funds the restoration of John Cassavetes' A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (shown on right) at UCLA.

The 1st Annual Rome Film Festival salutes TFF with a dialogue with Martin Scorsese on preservation, and a special screening of Lewis Milestone's OF MICE AND MEN, restored at UCLA.

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TFF makes available the first The Story of Movies curriculum unit on Robert Mulligan's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD through generous support from IBM and TCM.

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TFF, the Academy, and Twentieth Century Fox begin a new partnership to restore John M. Stahl's LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (shown on right) and John Ford's DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK.

The Hollywood Film Festival honors TFF with their Preservation Award at the 10th Annual Hollywood Awards.

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The Story of Movies releases its second curriculum unit, featuring Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.

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2007

TFF, DGA, and the Franco American Cultural Fund announce a new partnership to restore American films, funding PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at GEH.

TFF and American Express announce Preservation Screening Program making restored classics available to film festivals across North America.

Scorsese curates programs "In Glorious Technicolor" and "New American Cinema," which includes Jonas Mekas' LOST, LOST, LOST (shown below) restored by Anthology Film Archives.

TFF Conservation Collection is established, archiving a 35mm print of every film restored/preserved with TFF funding.

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2008

TFF and Gucci's Cinema Visionaries program funds the restoration of Michelangelo Antonioni's LE AMICHE (shown above) at Cineteca di Bologna.

TFF establishes "The Zinnemann Fund" as a resource for issues related to the moral rights of directors.

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Robert Rosen receives the John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

TFF and Sony Pictures announce a new partnership: The Collector's Choice DVD series, releasing The Films of Budd Boetticher.

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The Story of Movies International Film Classroom program launches in China with a U.S. delegation presenting the curriculum at schools in Shanghai and Shangyu.

2009

The Story of Movies releases a third curriculum unit focused on Robert Wise's THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

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The Films of Michael Powell, The Samuel Fuller Collection, and Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Volume I are released as part of The Collector's Choice series.

TCM's Inaugural Classic Film Festival includes a tribute to TFF.

THE RED SHOES (shown below), restored by UCLA, premieres at Cannes with introductions by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell.

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2010

Luchino Visconti's IL GATTOPARDO (shown on right), restored at Cineteca di Bologna, premieres at Cannes with special guests Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon.

TFF launches "1 Frame, 1 Dollar" where supporters can donate $1 to the current TFF restoration project of their choice.

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Volume II is released as part of The Collector's Choice series.

The Story of Movies curriculum reaches an estimated 9 million students.

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Max Ophuls' LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (shown on left), preserved by UCLA, screens as part of the TFF/Amex Preservation Screening Program "20 Years/20 Films," a curated selection of restored films funded by TFF over the last 20 years.

2011

The TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood features five TFF-funded restorations.

TFF and Gucci's Cinema Visionaries program funds the restoration of LA DOLCE VITA (shown below) at Cineteca di Bologna.

The restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, restored by the Academy, has its U.S. premiere at "To Save and Project" Festival of Film Preservation at MoMA.

TFF and TCM launch "Scorsese Screens," in the Now Playing guide and on TCM.com, featuring Scorsese's recommendations for the month.

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2012

TFF supports the BFI's restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's THE PLEASURE GARDEN, THE RING (shown above), THE LODGER, and BLACKMAIL, as part of "Save the Hitchcock 9."

TFF, TCM and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics III and Frank Capra: The Early Collection as part of The Collector's Choice series.

The Alamo Drafthouse hosts a special screening series highlighting eight films restored with TFF funding. Mondo artists design new posters (shown on right) for the films featured in the program.

Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (shown below) is restored by Cineteca di Bologna and premieres at Cannes. Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connolly and composer Ennio Morricone attend.

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The Cineteca di Bologna restores Francesco Rosi's IL CASO MATTEI which has its premiere at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

TFF and NFPF mark the 10th anniversary of the NFPF Avant-Garde Masters Grant with a special touring film series including MoMA's restoration of (nostalgia) by Hollis Frampton (shown below).

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2013

Martin Scorsese is the first filmmaker invited by the National Endowment for the Humanities to deliver the Jefferson Lecture at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

The TFF/Gucci/Warner Bros. restoration of Nicholas Ray's REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (shown on right) premieres at LACMA with an introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio.

VICE Media presents a special TFF screening series at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, featuring restorations of LA DOLCE VITA, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, PATHS OF GLORY, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and others.

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The Annenberg Foundation, TFF and LACMA fund the restoration of four films directed by Agnes Varda at Cineteca di Bologna; BLACK PANTHERS, LIONS LOVE (shown on right), MUR MURS, and UNCLE YANCO, LACMA presents "Agnes Varda in Californialand" gallery and screening exhibition.

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2014

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema premieres at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Director Krzysztof Zanussi introduces his film CAMOUFLAGE (shown below) as part of the opening event. The series features 21 restored classic Polish films and goes on to tour over 30 cities in North America.

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Sergei Parajanov's THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES (shown above) and Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, both restored by Cineteca di Bologna, are presented at Cannes.

The Austrian Film Museum celebrates TFF's 25th Anniversary with American Cinema Restored a month-long screening series featuring 48 restorations funded by TFF from UCLA, MoMA, GEH, LOC, Academy Film Archive, and Anthology Film Archives.

Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell introduces the World Restoration Premiere of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (shown below) at the Venice Film Festival, followed by presentations at the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Lumiere Festival, and Camerimage.

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2015

LA NOIRE DE... (shown on right) and INSIANG restorations premiere at Cannes Classics and ALYAM ALYAM at the Seattle International Film Festival, all 3 restorations supported by TFF's World Cinema Project (WCP).

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The UCLA Festival of Preservation presents 3 restorations supported by TFF and HFPA: THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (pictured), HER SISTER'S SECRET, and BRANDY IN THE WILDERNESS.

Sao Paulo International Film Festival screens 25 restorations for a TFF 25th Anniversary series. As part of the program, THE LODGER and MY BEST GIRL (shown on right) screen outdoors with piano accompaniment.

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20th Century Fox continues its partnership with TFF and the Academy to restore Ernst Lubitsch's HEAVEN CAN WAIT (shown on left).

TFF's WCP partners with the Film Heritage Foundation, Cineteca di Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovata, and FIAF for a week-long Film Preservation and Restoration School in Mumbai. TFF also supports NYU's Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) in Buenos Aires.

2016

THE ROAD BACK, restored to James Whale's original director's cut, premieres at the Berlinale.

WCP supports the Film Heritage Foundation's Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2016 in Pune.

MoMA presents HER MAN: A Forgotten Masterwork in Context (shown below).

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Restorations of ONE-EYED JACKS (shown above), UGETSU, and MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT screen as part of Cannes Classics.

THE MEMORY OF JUSTICE receives the award for "Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project or Title" at the FOCAL International Awards.

AMIA, in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, TFF, Boston Light & Sound, and Kodak, offers a three day Projection Workshop in Austin, TX.

Il Cinema Ritrovato presents the restoration premiere of THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS along with nine other TFF-funded titles as part of the festival.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD restoration (shown on right) premieres at MoMA with director George Romero present.

WCP restoration of MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (shown below) screens at El Festival de Cine de la Habana in Cuba.

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