Most film archivists like myself understand the sad fact there are never enough resources (money and time) to save all the films that need to be saved. There is so much material that is going to be lost to the ravages of time and neglect, and we need to focus the public’s attention on this problem by getting them involved and asking for their financial support. Time is running out for these wonderful documents of our zeitgeist. When they are gone, pieces of our collective consciousness will be lost, never to exist again for future generations to study, learn from and enjoy.
This is why I came up with the idea of Preservation Project Partnerships. The idea is a simple one. While it might not be “sexy” to the public as film preservation, it might be interesting and exciting for the public to focus on “subject matter” that needs to be saved. Footage of Jackie Robinson for baseball fans, or of Spencer Tracy for classic movie fans, or President Kennedy for those interested in politics or history.
Upcoming Preservation Project Partnerships will be listed on the foundation site as we begin the preparations to preserve specific films or collections and launch the fund-raising needed to accomplish those goals.
Everyone can help, and you can earn a badge or a T-shirt (depending on your donation level) that says, “I Saved A Film Today.” Even $5 makes a difference. Please help. We can’t do this without you.
End of pitch. End of Ron’s MetroBlog #1.