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Paramount and Mary Pickford Foundation Jointly Announce Partnership for Digital Storage and Restoration of Several Pickford Films

The Mary Pickford Foundation and Paramount Pictures Archive are partnering to bring three of Mary Pickford’s films to a modern audience. Tess of the Storm Country (1914) and Madame Butterfly (1915) have been digitally mastered onto 2K High Definition, with all digital work completed by Paramount’s digital team. Stella Maris (1918), which features Mary playing two different roles, is currently in production, and will also be mastered onto 2K HD.

The preservation and restoration of these films used the best of all the elements housed at Paramount, the Pickford collection at the Library of Congress and the Pickford Foundation’s collection at UCLA/Packard Humanities Institute. The Mary Pickford Foundation will finalize the work on all titles, and will produce original, modern scores to be synced to the films for worldwide distribution.

The Mary Pickford Foundation and Paramount Pictures Archive are also partnering to digitally store and preserve the Foundation’s entertainment assets with Paramount’s in-house Digital Preservation procedures.  Multiple copies are created and geographically separated to ensure recovery in the event of a disaster or loss.   These procedures along with complex custom software are designed to ensure the films will  be preserved at the highest quality possible and available to be screened and appreciated for generations to come.

It is fitting that Paramount Pictures, who distributed Mary Pickford’s films over 100 years ago, is today playing this key role in preserving her films. Paramount began as a distribution company and by the time Adolph Zukor, Jesse Lasky and others had merged their companies into Paramount Pictures, Ms. Pickford had already been instrumental in gaining international audiences for Paramount. We are so pleased that the relationship between Paramount and Ms. Pickford can continue into its second century.

MPF & the UCLA Film & Television Archive Form a Partnership to Digitally Preserve and Master Mary Pickford Films

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive are 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.

Canada’s Women in Film Museum

The Mary Pickford Foundation is pleased to announce it is joining forces with the already thriving Marie Dressler Museum in Cobourg, Ontario to help create Canada’s Women in Film Museum highlighting the lives and careers of Mary Pickford, Norma Shearer and Marie Dressler.   

These Canadian born stars were three of the first four winners of the Academy’s Best Actress Oscars and each forged their own paths to cinematic success.  Marie Dressler was a vaudeville star before she became the first actress to star in a feature length comedy, Mack Sennett’s Tillie’s Punctured Romance, in 1914.

Several years ago, community leaders of Cobourg came together to save and renovate the home that was Marie’s birthplace. Working with the Museum Studies department at the University of Toronto, they created an informative, interactive and exciting center that draws tourists year round. Maximizing space allowed for room to expand the museum and so they returned to the Museum Studies Department to gather together a new group of young women studying for their Masters.  The idea of young women working together to bring the story of these three Canadian film pioneers to new generations of women personifies Pickford’s belief in fostering a creative community and “taking care of our own.” The Pickford Foundation is pleased to work with these women and the citizens of Cobourg and will be providing film clips, photographs and the historical background and knowledge to tell the personal and professional story of Mary Pickford. 

Fanchon the Cricket and Little Annie Rooney at RiverRun April 6 and 7, 2019

The Mary Pickford Foundation is pleased to participate in the 21st annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina held this year from April 4-14. As a part of their tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of United Artists, the newly restored Little Annie Rooney will be screened on April 6 and introduced by the Foundation’s own Elaina Friedrichsen. On April 7, Fanchon the Cricket will be screened with a panel focusing on Modernizing the Silents, featuring Friedrichsen, composer Julian Ducatenzeiler, a Lolipop Records recording artist and front man for the rock band Mystic Braves, and Chris Heckman, Professor of Film Music Composition at UNCSA.