Now, to quote Leslie Groves, it can be told. As many of you are no doubt well aware, there is a new blogathon in town, one about film preservation and it will be co-hosted by the dynamic duo of Marilyn Ferdinand of Ferdy on Films and Farran Smith Nehme, aka The Siren, at The Self-Styled Siren. I can elaborate no better than Marilyn and Farran have at their respective blogs and so I would advise you to go to them both, here and here, if you have not done so already.
I have put together a blog where the banners and commercial for the blogathon can be found, the blog entitled quite predictably For the Love of Film. Please put them on your sidebar to get the word out and of course, take part! The blogathon is not only trying to raise awareness but raise money in an effort to preserve treasures of our film culture before they are lost. The blogathon will be run in conjunction with the National Film Preservation Foundation. In their own words:
The National Film Preservation Foundation is the independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. Growing from a national planning effort led by the Library of Congress, the NFPF began operations in 1997. We work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.So please help out, advertise, contribute a post or whatever else you can think to do. Below is the first official commercial I put together for the blogathon that you can embed onto your own homepage. The music was written and recorded by yours truly, everything else is public domain. The movie still of the two men at the table is from Ernst Lubitsch's The Patriot, a 1929 film now sadly lost forever. The Greta Garbo film is A Woman of Affairs, a film restored years ago but still not available on DVD. It can be viewed here in its entirety however. The blogathon runs February 14-21, just in time for all of us to give a valentine to that art form we all love so much, the movies. Hope to see you there.