Hollywood Foreign Press to Host the HFPA Film Restoration Summit Featuring Jane Fonda
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), in partnership with The Film Foundation and Institut Lumière, will host the HFPA Film Restoration Summit on March 9 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
The night will begin with a presentation by Thierry Frémaux, Director, Institut Lumiere, on the Lumière brothers' restoration project, segueing into a special Q&A panel featuringJane Fonda (three-time Golden Globe Award winner), Alexander Payne (two-time Golden Globe Award winner, Board of Directors at The Film Foundation), Jan-Christopher Horak (Director, UCLA Film & Television Achieves), and Grover Crisp (EVP, Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastery, Sony Picture Entertainment), and moderated by Sandra Schulberg (President, IndieCollect). The panel discussion will focus on such topics as the cultural importance of preserving the art of cinema and what new generations of filmmakers can learn through the experience of watching RESTORED classics and important independent films. The night will conclude with a screening of A Fistful of Dollars, a film RESTORED with support from the HFPA.
"Preserving the legacy of our cinematic heritage through our support of film restoration is one of the HFPA's most important commitments, especially in light of the fact that more than fifty percent of films made before 1950 are lost to us forever," said HFPA President Meher Tatna. "Through events such as this Summit, we hope to impress on future generations of filmmakers the importance of safeguarding the artistry of past masters whose work will continue to inform and inspire their own."
The HFPA Film Restoration Summit was established following a donation of more than $200,000 made by the HFPA to Festival Lumière to support the second phase of the restoration of the Lumière brothers one-minute films.
To date, the HFPA, in partnership with The Film Foundation, has helped fund the restoration of over 90 classic feature films. Previous classics that were RESTORED by HFPA grants include Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd; the Powell-Pressburger masterpiece, The Red Shoes; Robert Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; the first film version of Death of a Salesman; and Indian director Satyajit Ray's acclaimed Apu Trilogy. It recently provided a grant to IndieCollect to restore several significant LGBT+ films, including Jan Oxenberg's A Comedy in Six Unnatural Acts.
Tickets to the free public event will be available to guests who RSVP to the link here. Admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Jane Fonda is an award-winning actress, author, activist, and fitness guru. Her career has spanned over 50 years, accumulating a body of film work that includes over 45 films and crucial work on behalf of political causes, women's rights, Native Americans, and the environment. As three-time Golden Globe® winner, two-time Academy Award-winner, Honorary Palme d'Or honoree, and 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, Fonda continues her career by currently starring in the hit series, Grace & Frankie, which premiered its fourth season in January. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2017 Emmys for the third season of the series. She was most recently seen on the big screen in Paramount's comedy, Book Club in which she stars alongside Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen. Fonda also premiered Jane Fonda in Five Acts, a documentary chronicling her life and her activism, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Jane celebrated her 80th birthday by raising $1 million for each of her nonprofits, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential and The Women's Media Center.
Thierry Frémaux is the director of the Institut Lumière, of the Lumière Film Festival and of the Cannes Film Festival in France. He grew up close to Lyon, where, from an early age, he was introduced to the cinema by his father, who ran a film club. He studied Contemporary History and post graduated with a thesis entitled, "For a social history of cinema". Frémaux joined the Institut Lumière in Lyon in 1982, worked as movie programmer close to Bertrand Tavernier. From the position of artistic director, he became general manager in 1999. Thierry created the Lumière Film Festival and the Lumières Award, with the aim of promoting heritage films. The Lumière Film Festival honors the persons who made the history of cinema since 1895, its first edition was in 2009. Thierry Frémaux is contributing to preserve the heritage of cinema with several projects such as the restoration of the Lumière brothers one-minute films and the projection of RESTORED classics in the film library of the Institut Lumière. Frémaux is also known to be the general delegate of the Cannes film festival since his nomination in 2007, after six years in the position of Artistic Delegate.
Alexander Payne studied History and Spanish Literature at Stanford before getting an MFA in Film Production at UCLA. Payne serves on the boards of The Film Foundation, the Telluride Film Festival, and Film Streams, a magnificent non-profit cinematheque in Omaha. His features to date are Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The DESCENDANTS (2011), Nebraska (2013), and Downsizing (2017). His movies have been nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning twice for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Jan-Christopher Horak is the Director of UCLA Film & Television Archive and Professor for Critical Studies. Previously, Horak was the Director of Archives & Collections at Universal Studios, Director of the Munich Filmmuseum, and Senior Curator, George Eastman House. Throughout Horak's career, he has published 300 articles and reviews on all manner of film historical subjects in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Japanese, and Hebrew publications. He is co-editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015), which won SCMS Best Edited Collection Award, and the Andor Kraszna-Kraus International Film Book Award. Horak was founding Vice-President and President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Federation Internationale des Archivs du Film.
Grover Crisp currently manages all facets of the asset protection, restoration, preservation and digital archiving and re-mastering program for Sony Pictures Entertainment, including the Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and television libraries. As part of Crisp's many professional achievements, he has directed the activities of the Sony Pictures Film Preservation Committee from its inception in 1990, a committee concerned with common issues of film archiving, restoration and preservation, and whose members included the UCLA Film and Television Archives, Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, and the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A longtime advocate of "Off-Hollywood" filmmakers, Sandra Schulberg heads IndieCollect, a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue, restore and re-activate American Independent films. She founded the IFP in the late 70s, co-founded First Run Features in 1980, and is currently a member of the distribution cooperative NEW DAY Films. In the early days of the Sundance Film Institute, Schulberg served as a nominator to its lab program and on the Sundance Film Festival advisory committee. Schulberg currently serves on the advisory committee of the Women's Film Preservation Fund (created by New York Women in Film & Television) and is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Each year, the HFPA holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $33 million to 80 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) by a group of entertainment journalists representing world media in Hollywood, who realized the need to unite and organize to gain the recognition and access to studios and talent accorded to the domestic press. All qualified journalists were accepted, with the bold goal of "Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race." A year later, the HFCA created the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS which, to this day, the entire membership selects, votes on and awards every year for outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. Members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world's most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $33 million to 80 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes), Instagram (@GoldenGlobes), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).
ABOUT THE FILM FOUNDATION
Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation (TFF) is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore over 750 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. TFF's World Cinema Project has RESTORED 31 films from 21 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation's free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people - over 10 million to date - about film language and history. For more information visit: www.film-foundation.org.
ABOUT INSTITUT LUMIÈRE
Located right in the place where the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph and made Sortie d'usine, the first movie, the Institut Lumière is a real « house of cinema ». As a non-profit organization the Institut Lumière celebrates the memory and the vitality of film, makes (re)discover the great filmmakers and shares the love of cinema with about 200,000 persons a year. It welcomes international filmmakers and actors for meetings and retrospectives and shines in France and all over the world. The Institut Lumière is directed by Thierry Frémaux and chaired by Bertrand Tavernier.
The Institut Lumière is leading several projects and places that include two movie theatres, the Lumière Museum, a library, a bookstore dedicated to DVD and books about cinema and photography, several publications, a photo gallery and educational activities. www.institut-lumiere.org