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Preservation grant goes to UCLA archive

'Red Kimono' to receive $5K restoration

UCLA was among 22 film and television archives nationwide that were awarded grants Thursday by the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF).

The UCLA Film and Television Archive will use $5,000 worth of laboratory services to make a print of “The Red Kimono,” a 1925 silent film produced by and featuring star Dorothy Davenport.

Each year, the NFPF awards $250,000 in federal funds authorized by Congress to further the preservation of TV and films. Film laboratories and postproduction houses provide thousands of dollars in laboratory services.

Other preservation projects receiving grants Thursday include footage of “Batman” illustrator Dick Sprang exploring Utah’s canyon country in the early 1950s and avant-garde works by Jim Davis, Stan Vanderbeek and James Sibley Watson Jr.

“The sheer diversity of these works is most impressive and suggests the vast wealth of films requiring preservation to survive,” NFPF board member and cinematographer Allen Daviau said.

The biggest single grant — $10,000 — announced Thursday went to the Documentary Educational Resources to preserve “The Hunters,” a 1957 cinema verite documentary shot in southern Africa by filmmaker John Marshall.

Also among the recipients was the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive, which has discovered that an unnamed air pilot in a 35mm nitrate newsreel is aviator Charles Lindbergh. The reel was made a year or so before Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

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