February 15 & 16, 2020, at the Egyptian Theatre
In our second annual Restoration Summit, presented at the American Cinematheque, the HFPA is proud to present two days of films, conversations and lectures surveying the latest developments in film preservation and restoration. The HFPA is committed to preserving film heritage and supporting restorations of films worldwide. Fittingly, our summit this year begins with a deep dive into the earliest days of film, with a presentation by Serge Bromberg, famed film preservationist and founder of the Blackhawk Films restoration labs. Bromberg’s presentation is a journey to beginnings of cinema with the work of the Lumière brothers and that of the original master of cinema illusion, Georges Méliès.
Jane Fonda headlines Saturday's evening program, as she presents the world premiere of IndieCollect's new restoration of F.T.A., a 1972 documentary about opposition to the Vietnam War in which she and Donald Sutherland are featured. Over the years, Fonda has become one of the leading figures in protecting cinema history, and her efforts in film preservation for the Women Directors Fund have led to the restoration of 10 important films by women directors. Following this screening, Eddie Mueller will present the Film Noir Foundation's new restoration of BLACK VAMPIRE, a stunning Argentine film noir that reimagines Fritz Lang’s classic M.
On Sunday, the summit continues with the 4K restoration of William Greaves' 1972 documentary NATIONTIME-GARY, presented in its original extended runtime, followed by the world premiere of the new restoration of THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS, legendary Melvin Van Peebles’ 1968 story of forbidden love set at a French airbase. Both films are presented in new restorations by IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Closing out the event, Director of the Cineteca di Bologna, Gian Luca Farinelli, will present a lecture on Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated around the world this year. The presentation will be followed by Cineteca di Bologna's stunning new 4K restoration of FELLINI’S ROMA, funded by the HFPAThe program is presented with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.
Saturday, February 15 – 5:30 PMWorld Premiere! F.T.A
Director Francine Parker. Produced by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, F.T.A. is a powerful anti-war statement that documents the opposition movement at the height of the Vietnam War. Acting as two of the key figures in the national effort, Fonda and Sutherland led a political troupe thinly disguised as a touring revue, whose titular acronym stood for (in the polite version) “Free the Army,” which visited towns bordering military bases, bringing skits and songs that voiced their antiwar sentiments to the troops. For years scantly available and largely forgotten, this remarkable documentary has reemerged after a restoration spearheaded by Fonda and has become an essential piece of film history. Join us at 5:00 PM for a reception in the courtyard before the screening. Introduction by Jane Fonda, whose efforts in film preservation for the Women Directors Fund have led to the restoration of 10 important films by women directors.
Saturday, February 15 – 8:30 PM: THE BLACK VAMPIRE (EL VAMPIRO NEGRO) 1953
Director Román Viñoly Barreto. In this stunning reimagining of Fritz Lang’s classic M rediscovered by the Film Noir Foundation, Olga Zubarry, Argentina’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, plays a chanteuse and single mother who is the sole eyewitness to the child killer stalking the streets of Buenos Aires. Will her daughter be the next victim? Featuring stunning cinematography by Anibal González Paz. A major cinema discovery! In Spanish with English subtitles. Restoration by the Film Noir Foundation with funding from the HFPA. Introduction by
New 4K Restoration! NATIONTIME-GARY
Director William Greaves. Avant-garde filmmaker Williams Greaves followed up his groundbreaking docu-fiction hybrid SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM (1968) with this fascinating document of the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. With narration by Harry Belafonte and