By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 9, 2009 at 4:08AM
The Newport International Film Festival has announced a new partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, featuring a special selection of films from the Museum’s annual exhibition "To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation." The announcement was made by NIFF Executive Director, Jennifer Maizel at a NIFF benefit event in Newport on Saturday night.
The NIFF will present its annual Claiborne Pell Tribute Award at the 2009 Festival. The Honoree of NIFF’s annual Claiborne Pell Tribute Award will be presented with a $10,000 contribution in their name to be given to The Museum of Modern Art for its internationally renowned film preservation program. The honoree, in consultation with NIFF & MoMA, will take part in choosing which film the Museum will preserve.
The 2009 NIFF will also feature a special film series based on the past six years of MoMA's To Save and Project preservation festival, selected by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, and Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. Representatives from MoMA's Department of Film will present selected titles in this NIFF series and also participate in a panel discussion on film preservation.
“We are extremely honored to work with The Museum of Modern Art,” said new NIFF Artistic Director Tom Hall, in a statement. “As an historic community, we’re excited that Newport can support the preservation of our cinema’s important history. We are eager to not only show these rarely screened films to our audiences, but to partner with our festival’s honoree to make a contribution to the MoMA’s ongoing efforts to save films from extinction.”
“Our To Save and Project program is one of the centerpieces of the Museum’s archival efforts,” stated MoMA Chief Film Curator, Rajendra Roy. “To be able to share our archive with the Newport International Film Festival as well as broaden the awareness in the program is a wonderful opportunity for us. We look forward to a long collaboration with NIFF.”