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Doc org fetes Scorsese

Film Foundation , founder feted for preservation efforts

The International Documentary Assn. has tapped the Film Foundation and founder Martin Scorsese as winners of its Preservation and Scholarship Award.

The honor will be presented Oct. 27 at the org’s 16th Annual Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards at the Los Angeles Center Studios.

“The IDA Preservation and Scholarship Award is a symbol of our support and appreciation for the Film Foundation and its members who have made incomparable contributions to preserving the stories of our times,” said IDA prexy David Haugland. “All of us who have dedicated our lives to telling stories on film are indebted to Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation for the role they’ve played in heightening public awareness about this vital issue, and also for providing the means to restore and preserve these films.”

Scorsese began campaigning for preservation of films in the late 1970s, helping lead to technological advances and reforms along with the 1990 creation of the foundation along with Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. The org currently raises funds for restoration and preservation projects through events such as the American Movie Classic Film Preservation Festival.

Directors Guild of America prexy Jack Shea congratulated Scorsese and the foundation, adding, “This honor properly recognizes the great contribution the Film Foundation has made to galvanizing support for film preservation in the creative industry at large.”

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