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A Clearer Picture

I abhor sloppy reporting, and now I have been guilty of it. Somehow I managed to garble the facts in yesterday’s post about this week’s blogathon. No great harm has been done, but I would like to set the record straight.

Funding to preserve Joseph Losey’s The Prowler was raised by the Film Noir Foundation, which will be the recipient of this year’s kitty. I was incorrect in stating that the considerable cost of restoring a full-length feature was raised through the grass-roots campaign last year.

The 2010 blogathon did raise enough money for the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore three precious silent-era short subjects that were unearthed in that now-famous cache of American films in New Zealand that also yielded the John Ford feature Upstream. They are The Sergeant (1910), The Better Man (1912), and—

Sunset Limited (1898), and I’m happy to report that all three will be showcased in the NFPF’s upcoming DVD set Treasures From American Film Archives 5: The West, due this fall.

People who care about film history should have a stake in its future, and I encourage everyone to consider contributing to the 2011 blogathon.

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