In 2001, The Mary Pickford Foundation partnered with the UCLA Film & Television Archive to access the Foundation’s film elements, and to photo-chemically restore My Best Girl. In 2013, the Film Foundation joined in the partnership to complete the restoration. The, in 2017, the UCLA Film & Television Archive scanned the elements in 4K, and the Foundation completed the digital mastering of the film, and is now producing a new, original score for it’s release.
In 2005, the Foundation relocated its Los Angeles-based film collection to the UCLA Film & Television Archive, where it remains today housed at the Packard Humanities Institute.
The Mary Pickford Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive are now partnering to digitally preserve and master a number of Mary Pickford’s films. Using only the most recently restored and highest quality film elements, selected titles will be scanned in 4k by the UCLA digital team. The Mary Pickford Foundation will then complete all digital work in collaboration with the staff at the UCLA Archive. MPF will produce original, modern scores to be synced to the films for worldwide distribution.
Mary Pickford films currently in production are The Little American (1917), in cooperation with the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation; The Love Light (1921), in cooperation with the Packard Humanities Institute; and Amarilly of Clothesline Alley (1918), accessing elements from the Mary Pickford Foundation’s Collection. We plan to work with the archive to collaborate on future Pickford restorations.