The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and American Cinematheque present the “HFPA Restoration Summit 2020,” two days of film rediscoveries, onstage dialogues and clip shows on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at the Egyptian Theatre. The summit celebrates the art and science of film preservation and restoration. Demonstrating its passionate commitment to saving and reviving films from around the world, the HFPA is becoming one of the leading institutions in the field of film restoration. Its recent contributions include sponsoring the restoration of “The Black Pirate” (1926), spearheaded by director Alexander Payne and currently in progress; and Fellini’s “Roma” (1972), from the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy.
The annual summit begins with an exploration of the earliest days of film, with a presentation by Serge Bromberg, film preservationist and founder of Lobster Films. Bromberg will discuss the work of some of the most famous filmmakers of silent age, including the Lumière Brothers, Georges Méliès, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Through its support of IndieCollect, the HFPA continues to focus its efforts on restoration pertaining to significant American independent films and will unveil the world premiere of “F.T.A.” (1972) on Feb. 15. Producer and star Jane Fonda will present the film, which chronicles the “Free the Army” satirical theatrical production that toured military bases around the Pacific Ocean at the height of the Vietnam War.
On Feb.16, the HFPA will present IndieCollect’s new 4K restorations of two “Treasures of African American Cinema,” including “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” (1968), Melvin Van Peebles’ directorial debut about racial injustice in 1960s France, and “Nationtime-Gary” (1972), director William Greaves’ documentary about the 1972 National Black Political Convention. Fonda contributed funds to support “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” and her work in restoration includes the IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, supporting the restoration of films helmed by women.
Closing Saturday’s program, Eddie Muller will present the Film Noir Foundation’s new restoration of “The Black Vampire,” an Argentine film noir that reimagines Fritz Lang’s classic “M” (1931). Closing the summit, Gianluca Farinelli, director of the Cineteca di Bologna, pays tribute to Italian maestro Federico Fellini, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Farinelli’s presentation will be followed by a screening of Cineteca di Bologna’s restoration of “Roma,” funded by the HFPA.
Tickets are available by visiting fandango.com and at the Egyptian Theatre box office, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Free screenings require reservations by visiting eventbrite.com. For information and schedule, visit americancinemathequecalendar.com.
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