We recently launched a fund-raising campaign to specifically fund the acquisition of two film scanners for our film preservation program which we have finally ordered from our friends and supporters at Moviestuff in Utopia, Texas. Their owner, Roger Evans, has been a big help with our scanning project, walking us through the use of an older Moviestuff scanner which was recently retired in order to make room for Roger’s new line of HD film scanners, the Retro 8 and Retro 16 Pro scanners. We are looking forward to working with these new machines starting in early summer, and scanning the more than 1600 collections of culturally and historically significant home movies that we have acquired or which have been donated to the foundation over the past three years of the Preservation Project Partnership initiative
Raising money for any purpose is never easy, but with so many non-profits looking for money, the competition for donations is fierce, and often people just hit the delete button when they see a “pitch” for a donation. I’m happy to report that a very select, but very special few donors have dug deeply into their pockets to help us fund the acquisition of these great new scanners.
But the battle is not over, we still need to raise money for the purchase of the computers and other support equipment that is needed to run with the scanners, and we hope that those of our friends and colleagues who have not yet made a donation will dig into their pockets and help us fund these additional needs.
It’s really hard work raising money for a good cause, and we think saving our collective culture and history are well worth fighting for. If you haven’t yet given, please remember that if these films are not saved, it will be like losing a piece of ourselves.
Thanks for your help.
Director of Film and Cultural Programs