Film Preservation & Restoration
Support Film Preservation
Film preservation and restoration is expensive and time-consuming, and the clock is ticking. Of all the films ever made, only 50% survive in some form. It's even worse for the silent era: a mere 15% are known to survive.
For every major film like Metropolis or Lawrence of Arabia that enjoys a lavish preservation budget, there are thousands of other important films – big and small, famous and obscure – that languish for lack of funding.
By making a donation of any size to the organization(s) of your choice, you can play a direct role in helping to save important films today.
Below are links to donation information for many archives, groups, and organizations actively engaged in film preservation work. In many cases, your donation is tax deductible. (The Sprocket Society is not affiliated with, sponsored, or funded by any organization listed here.)
- Library of Congress: Preserve and protect collections for future generations
Donate online to specifically "support key programs and activities focused on the preservation of rare and unique archival materials and collections."
- National Film Preservation Foundation
- UCLA Film and Television Archive
The second largest film archive in the US, after the Library of Congress.
- Laurel and Hardy Preservation Fund
"A major preservation effort to restore all of UCLA's surviving negatives of Laurel & Hardy films."
- Laurel and Hardy Preservation Fund
- George Eastman House
- The Film Foundation
- Harvard Film Archive
- Pacific Film Archive
- Anthology Film Archives
- Film-makers' Cooperative - non-filmmakers can become Associate Members.
- ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Preservation Project (International Animated Film Society)
See page for PDF donation form.
Center for Visual Music
- Women's Film Preservation Fund (New York Women in Film & Television)
"The only program in the world dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of women in the industry. It was founded in 1995 by NYWIFT in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art."
- Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation
"A collaboration between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, [it] is the only program in the world devoted to saving and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving images."
- The Yale-China Film Preservation Project
"Established to enable the preservation and digitization of Yale-China's film archives, now rapidly deteriorating. These films were shot by Yale-China teachers in China, mostly in the 1930s."
- Silent Film Preservation Fellowship (San Francisco Silent Film Festival)
SFSFF Donations: http://prod3.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/DonationInfo.aspx?epguid=9b21ac72-97d3-4ae7-8419-c79277daf6df&doninfo=28~db04f21c-aba9-4e76-8194-5a8f01a6ddb0&
- Northeast Historic Film
"A moving image archives founded in 1986 that collects and preserves the film and video record of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts), and to provide public access to the history and culture of the region embodied in it."
- Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
Note: donations go to the General Fund
- Sundance Institute: Film Preservation
"The Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA exists to protect, preserve, and restore independent work."
- Moving Images Archive of the Historical Visual Materials Collection, University of Washington Library
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Yes, you can donate directly to the NEA.
Practical Film Preservation & Restoration Information
- Restoration of Motion Picture Film, edited by Paul Read & Mark-Paul Meyer (Butterworth Heinemann, 2000) – a textbook on the subject.
- Video Aids to Film Preservation
A large number of streaming video tutorials on film preservation and restoration techniques and technology.
The Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries, and Museums
National Film Preservation Foundation (2004), 152 pages
Film Forever: The Home Film Preservation Guide
Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-cost & No-cost Suggestions to Care for Your Film
By Nicolette Bromberg & Hannah Palin, with Libby Burke. (Univ. of Washington, 2004)
- Film Preservation Handbook (National Film and Sound Archive of Australia)
AMIA Guidelines, Manual, Q&As, and Fact Sheets
US National Archives: Preservation and Archives Professionals Technical Information
A few files w/ NARA tech info and standards
Image Impermanance Institute
- "Vinegar Syndrome: An Action Plan" by Jean-Louis Bigourdan (PDF, 11 pages)
- "Effectiveness of Storage Conditions in Controlling the Vinegar Syndrome: Preservation Strategies for Acetate Base Motion-Picture Film Collections" by Jean-Louis Bigourdan & James M. Reilly (PDF, 25 pages)
- IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film (1993. PDF, 24 pages)
- Knowing and Protecting Motion Picture Film Poster - Large (47" x 35") and very nifty poster
- Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials (1998. PDF, 54 pages, 19mb.)
History and Politics of Film Preservation
- Caroline Frick, Saving Cinema: The Politics of Preservation (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- Anthony Slide, Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States (McFarland, 2000. Originally published 1992.)
- Karen F. Gracy, Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice (Society of American Archivists, 2009)
- Giovanna Fossati, From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (Amsterdam University Press, 2010)
- Penelope Houston, Keepers of the Frame: The Film Archives (British Film Institute, 1994)
- Haidee Wasson, Museum Movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the Birth of Art Cinema (University of California Press, 2005)
- These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (Paul Mariano & Kurt Norton, 2011) – A documentary on the history and importance of The National Film Registry. Aired on the PBS series Independent Lens in Dec. 2011. Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Graduate-Level Film Preservation & Archiving Education Programs
- The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House
- University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA): Moving Image Archive Studies
- New York University (NYU): Moving Image Archive Program
- University of East Anglia: MA Film Studies with Film Archive Option (suspended for 2012-2013 academic year)