Preservation Program

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FILM ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

The Film Acquisition and Preservation Committee was formed in 2002 when the team worked on the restoration of the Bolivian film classic Mina Alaska, by award-winning pioneer filmmaker Jorge Ruiz, which was completed in July 2002. This is the first Latin American film to be restored by the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™. The films preserved/restored by the Film Acquisition and Preservation Committee have been invited to screen at film festivals in several countries, including Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. Since 2002 the Committee has been active in preserving an average of one film per year for the collection of Latino films at the Academy Film Archive. The films preserved are available to film festivals, universities, film researchers, and the general public. In addition, the films screened at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival are available for viewing in video format at the facilities of the Academy Film Archive by making a request prior to the day of viewing the films.

The films for preservation/restoration are selected by members of the Film Acquisition and Preservation Committee formed by the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Marlene Dermer; Preservation Officer of the Academy Film Archive Josef W. Lindner; Academy Film Archive Director Michael Pogorzelski; and California State University, Long Beach Professor José Sánchez-H. Their contribution to the preservation of Latino cinema includes researching, translating, and creating a new 35mm print of each film.