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First NFPF Grants Handed Out; Myriad In Pact With Red Sky

First NFPF Grants Handed Out; Myriad In Pact With Red Sky

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> First NFPF Grants Handed Out

To aid in the preservation of films not protected by commercial
interests, the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) has awarded
its first twelve grants to archives in nine states and the District of
Columbia. Works protected include home movies from Groucho Marx and
newsreel interviews with Civil War vets and ex-slaves from the 1930’s.
The NFPF’s Laboratory-Archive Partnership Grants Program (LAP) provides
for preservation services contributed by commercial labs and post
houses. In the first cycle of the grant program in 1998, ten labs
contributed services to the program, while five others donated cash.

Archives receiving LAP Grants in 1998 include Emory University
Libraries, which received $10,000 to preserve “World War Against Slums”;
George Eastman House received $5,000 for D.W. Griffith’s “Cricket On The
” and “Voice Of The Violin“; Library of Congress received $10,000
for J. Elder Wills’ “Big Fella,” starring Paul Robeson, and the National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution received $880 for
Groucho Marx’s Home Movies and $10,000 for “Explorations In The Amazon

The Nebraska State Historical Society was granted $7,520 for
“Kearney And Its People In Motion Pictures”; Northeast Historic Film
received $2,100 for the Albert Benedict Home Movies; Southern Media
Archive, University of Mississippi was granted $776 for the Thomas
Collection; the State Historical Society of Wisconsin was given $1,024
for “Bill’s Bike”; the UCLA Film and Television Archive was granted
$4,000 to preserve selections from the Hearst Metrotone News Selections;
the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive was given $6,000 to
preserve “Reunion of Confederate Veterans,” and Yale University Library
received $3,200 to preserve “Early Class Reunion Films.” The NFPF was
created by the U.S. Congress to be the charitable affiliate of the
National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

[The NFPF can be found on the web at:]

>> Myriad In Pact With Red Sky

Myriad Pictures and Red Sky Entertainment have entered into a sales and
distribution joint venture agreement, wherein Los Angeles-based Myriad
will handle international sales for Vancouver-based Red Sky, while Red
Sky will handle the Canadian distribution of films picked up by Myriad.
Additionally, Myriad will act as Red Sky’s U.S. rep an assist on product
acquisition. Among the new Red Sky films set to be handled by Myriad is
John Hazlett’s “Bad Money,” starring Graham Greene (“Dances With
Wolves”) and Karen Sillas (“What Happened Was…”). In addition, Myriad
will oversee worldwide distribution of Jon Reiss’ “Cleopatra’s Second
” and Clement Virgo’s “The Planet of Junior Brown,” while Red Sky
will handle the Canadian releases.

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