Completed Films

Fanchon the Cricket Poster

Fanchon the Cricket (1915)

Completed: May, 2017

The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with the Cinematheque Francaise’ in cooperation with the British Film Institute.

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Fanchon the Cricket (1915) was restored through a unique partnership between the Pickford Foundation and the Cinematheque Francaise who held a 35mm print of the film. An incomplete nitrate print was preserved at the British Film Institute and, with their cooperation, L’ Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in Italy photochemically and digitally restored the film, using the highest quality available elements, scanning the film onto 4K high definition. The missing English intertitles were reconstructed by translating from the French on the dupe negative. The Mary Pickford Foundation commissioned a new score by Julian Ducatenzeiler and Andy Gladbach. Digital mastering was completed at Roundabout Entertainment in Los Angeles. The restored film elements are housed at the Library of Congress and in the MPF collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Packard Center in Santa Clarita. The French version is housed at the Cinematheque Francaise’.

Little Annie Rooney 4k Restoration Screening Poster

Little Annie Rooney (1925)

Completed: January, 2016

The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Archive.

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Little Annie Rooney: (1925) The process of restoring and scoring Little Annie Rooney took several years. The original tinted nitrate print in Mary Pickford’s personal collection at the Library of Congress, made from the camera negative in 1925, was brought to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences archive in Los Angeles. The Academy Film Archive preserved the film photochemically, creating new 35mm preservation duplicate negatives and tinted prints. All photochemical work was completed at YCM Laboratory.

The preservation master was then scanned at 4K resolution so that the MPF, in cooperation with AMPAS, could create a digital version, evaluating the film frame by frame, removing dirt and other signs of deterioration to perfectly match the original nitrate tints and tones.

Then, through the MPF Composition Program at Pepperdine University, an extremely gifted young composer, Andy Gladbach, was chosen to create a new sound track for the film. Mentored by professionals, Gladbach was joined by a 16 piece orchestra that included three percussionists, as well as a conductor and engineers, to record his original music. The film was digitally mastered at Modern VideoFilm. The end result combines and showcases the finest work of artists, craftspeople and musicians from this century and from 1925. The restored film elements are housed at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Archive.

Films Currently in Production

A Little Princess (1917)

The Mary Pickford Foundation will be utilizing film elements from the MPF collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at The Packard Humanities Institute Stoa.

Sparrows (1926)

The Mary Pickford Foundation is partnering with the Library of Congress Film Archive.

My Best Girl (1927)

The Mary Pickford Foundation is partnering with UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation.

Other Film Projects

Rosita (1923)

The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with the Museum of Modern Art, Gosfilmofond of Russia, The Film Foundation and The Mayer Foundation.

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Rosita (1923) is being restored by the Museum of Modern Art from the last known surviving nitrate print donated from Gosfilmofond of Russia in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation. Pickford was instrumental in bringing the German director Ernst Lubitsch to America and Rosita was the first film he made in the United States. The Pickford Foundation is providing access to our 35mm elements to assist in the restoration. Other groups partnering with MoMA include The Film Foundation and the Mayer Foundation. The restored film elements will be housed at the Museum of Modern Art Film Archive.

The Son’s Return (1909)

The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Museum of Modern Art Film Archive with the donation of an original camera negative from Alan Boyd. Restoration elements are housed in the MPF collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at The Packard Humanities Institute Stoa and at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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The Son’s Return (1909) is a short Biograph film that was restored in 2013 in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Museum of Modern Art with an original camera negative donated by Alan Boyd to the foundation. The original sprocket holes are located in the center of the frame, requiring that each frame had to be scanned and then reedited together frame by frame. The work was completed at Cinelicious. The restored film elements are housed in the MPF collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Packard Center in Santa Clarita.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with UCLA Film & Television Archive and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) was preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991. The film was preserved in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation from their nitrate and acetate film elements and laboratory services were provided by Film Technology Company, YCM Laboratories. The restored film elements are housed at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Packard Center in Santa Clarita.

Films In the Planning Stages

Tess of the Storm Country (1914)

The Mary Pickford Foundation is partnering with the Paramount Film Archive.

Madame Butterfly (1915)

The Mary Pickford Foundation is partnering with the Paramount Film Archive.

Stella Maris (1918)

The Mary Pickford Foundation will be utilizing film elements from the MPF collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at The Packard Humanities Institute Stoa and the Library of Congress Film Archive.

Johanna Enlists (1918)

The Mary Pickford Foundation will be partnering with the Library of Congress Film Archive.

Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

The Mary Pickford Foundation will be partnering with the Library of Congress Film Archive and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Lady of the Pavements (1929)

The film elements from the MPF collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at The Packard Humanities Institute Stoa will be utilized.