Film historian, producer, archivist and author Jeffrey Vance is currently examining and enhancing the catalogued records of the Mary Pickford Foundation holdings on deposit at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Mr. Vance will make a definitive and complete inventory for the Foundation, inspecting film elements to determine physical condition, editions, versions, sources and derivatives. Mr. Vance will identify the earliest preservation material available for each title and offer recommendations to the Foundation.
Mr. Vance began his career as an archivist for M-G-M/United Artists and served the same function for the Chaplin family’s Roy Export S.A.S. and later for The Harold Lloyd Trust. As a producer, he packaged the “Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies” for Turner Classic Movies; as a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short subject “Rediscovering John Gilbert” (2010); and as a writer, he authored “Douglas Fairbanks” (UC Press/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008), “Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema” (Harry N. Abrams, 2003) and “Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian” (Harry N. Abrams, 2002).