The Metro Theatre Center Foundation supports a wide range of arts and social issues through its grants and support programs. These include the arts, especially filmmaking, theater, individual grants to artists working on passion projects, as well as social issues such as endangered youth and low income seniors.
For the past two years, our focus at The Metro Theatre Center Foundation has been film preservation and the struggle to save our film and visual heritage in a world when so much of it is being lost every day. History is prologue someone once said. To better understand the world we live in, the more we need to understand the past.
What better way to understand the recent past than through the motion pictures that have been created since the dawn of filmmaking more than 125 years ago.
What most of the general public does not understand is that motion pictures (our collective history and consciousness) cannot withstand the test of time, and can easily be lost without our tender loving care, and without experts in film preservation being involved.
For these reasons, we have focused a great deal of our funding and support in this area of endeavor, working with the world’s foremost organizations specializing in film restoration, preservation and presentation:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archives
The UCLA Film and Television Archives
The University of South Carolina
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
The Internet Archive
The Center For Asian American Media
Richard and Barbara Falcon
Mark Garrett Cooper
We could not do this without the help of a core group of people who care about what we do, and want to make sure it will continue. They are:
Virgil Parrett, our master of logistics and transportation for moving our offices to the new location and doing everything needed to keep our films, equipment and documents well-organized and easy to find.
Leslie Ann Levine, who creates our graphics, logos, presentations and now, our new website.
Ron Merk, our director of film programs, whose knowledge of the film business, film technology and film historic is encyclopaedic, and whose long association with the foundation, as co-founder with Chris Holter, has made so much of a difference to thousands of lives that have been touched by his dedication to the foundation. His contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area film industry are legendary. As the Editor-in-Chief of Indieplex Online Magazine, he continues to reach hundreds of thousands of people with his insight and knowledge of the entertainment industry and many other subjects.
We want to thank Albert Steg for creating the unique computer database program for our film preservation work, to keep track of the more than 800 collections of culturally or historically significant home movies we have acquired over the past two years. Albert generously donated a significant portion of his normal fee to the foundation, for which we are extremely grateful.