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National Film Preservation Board / 1989 – 2016

by Daniel S.
National Film Preservation Board / 1989 – 2016 by Daniel S.
The Foundation’s primary mission is to save orphan films, films without owners able to pay for their preservation. The films most at-risk are newsreels, silent films, experimental works, films out of copyright protection, significant amateur footage, documentaries, and features made outside the commercial mainstream. Orphan films are the living record of the twentieth century. Hundreds of American museums, archives, libraries, universities, and historical societies care for “orphaned” original film materials of cultural value. The Foundation will work with these film preservation organizations to preserve orphan films and make them… Read more

The Foundation’s primary mission is to save orphan films, films without owners able to pay for their preservation. The films most at-risk are newsreels, silent films, experimental works, films out of copyright protection, significant amateur footage, documentaries, and features made outside the commercial mainstream. Orphan films are the living record of the twentieth century. Hundreds of American museums, archives, libraries, universities, and historical societies care for “orphaned” original film materials of cultural value. The Foundation will work with these film preservation organizations to preserve orphan films and make them accessible to “present and future generations of Americans.”

The Librarian/Board will continue to select up to 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films” each year for the National Film Registry. To be eligible, films must be at least 10 years old, though they need not be feature-length or have had a theatrical release in order to be considered. The legislation’s intent is that the broadest possible range of films be eligible for consideration.

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