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Help Save Cinema History with Film Preservation Kickstarter Campaigns

Help Save Cinema History with Film Preservation Kickstarter Campaigns

Generally, when we think about crowdfunding for a film, we’re looking forward to a new project that we want to help get off the ground. But as part of a new initiative for film preservation and restoration, Kickstarter is drawing attention to old films that need to be restored and/or preserved. As Jake Perlin of Cinema Conservancy told Kickstarter, “Restoration is the work that’s done to bring a film back to the closest approximation of what the work looked like initially.”

READ MORE: How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt’s Debut “River of Grass”

You can see the full list of restoration projects looking for funding here. We’ve also highlighted some recent campaigns below (with descriptions courtesy of the campaigns):

Living Los Sures: Could you survive Brooklyn back in ’84? Gotta respect the people who did. Save a lost film and the story of a community’s 30 year struggle.

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Landmarks of early African-American film, remastered in HD from archive elements, digitally restored and loaded with bonus content.

River of Grass: Digitally restore the rarely-seen 1994 debut feature of Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff”), a road movie without the road.

JUNGLE TRAP: Help save “JUNGLE TRAP,” the insane/unseen anti-human 1990 shot-on-video terror epic by America’s greatest-ever exploitation duo!

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