DGA aids film preservation

Guild gives $50,000 gift to Foundation

The Directors Guild of America’s national board voted Saturday to make a $50,000 contribution to the National Film Preservation Foundation, created by an Act of Congress in 1996 to raise private funds to support the preservation of motion pictures.

“The Directors Guild strongly supports the film preservation efforts of the National Film Preservation Foundation, and we hope this contribution will inspire our colleagues throughout the industry to join us in that support,” said DGA president Jack Shea.

The foundation concentrates its efforts on saving those films not preserved by commercial interests, such as newsreels, independent, ethnic and avant garde films, documentaries and public domain material.

Director Arthur Hiller, a former DGA and Motion Picture Academy president as well as the DGA’s representative on the National Film Preservation board, appeared before the DGA’s national board to request the contribution.

“I am pleased that the DGA national board voted so overwhelmingly to make this substantial contribution to the National Film Preservation Foundation,” Hiller said.