Mission: The specific and primary purposes for which this corporation is formed are charitable and educational and are to concern themselves with the education of the public at large about the importance of protecting, preserving and restoring film art as an integral part of our shared cultural and historical heritage; and funding the restoration/preservation of film art at archives and laboratories across the country; to defend against historical revisionism; to gain recognition for artists rights; and the protection of artists works and the artists who created them.
Programs: Archival restoration / preservation projects - for twenty-four years, the foundation has worked with u. S. And international film archives to save over 700 endangered films. Recent film restoration and preservation projects include (partial list): marcel ophuls' documentary the memory of justice (1976); james whale's director's cut of the road back (1937); michael powell and emeric pressburger's the tales of hoffmann (1951); and john ford's the long voyage home (1940) among many others. The foundation works closely with its archives to:identify titles in need of preservation and restoration; locate and secure picture and sound elements from public, private and studio archives; negotiate preservation contracts involving the studios, right holders, the archives, and the foundation and its funders; increase public access to restored films; advise on "best practices" for the preservation of current film production; facilitate corporate partnerships in support of the work of the archives; maintain a conservation collection of preserved and restored films funded by the foundation.
the story of movies - a unique interdisciplinary curriculum designed to teach middle school and high school students about the importance of classic cinema, and to teach them to understand the visual language of film and to develop critical-viewing skills. Four curriculum units have been created surrounding to kill a mockingbird (1962, d. Robert mulligan), mr. Smith goes to washington (1939, d. Frank capra), and the day the earth stood still (1951, d. Robert wise), as well as a unit on american westerns. Currently in development is a unit on animation. The program is distributed free of charge, and each unit includes a teacher's guide, student activity booklet, two dvds, and access to the story of movies website. The program has been sent to over 100,000 middle school and high school teachers. In addition, the foundation continues its creativity on film project to encourage student interest in film art through the distribution of the "making movies: a guide for young filmmakers" production manual. The story of movies continues to expand its lesson plans and provide ongoing development and distribution of its curriculum units and lesson plan library, , as well as provide professional development to educators.
other educational and outreach programs and development - the foundation provides public access to restored films through its exhibition program through partnerships with film festivals, museums, educationial and cultural institutions around the world. In addition, the foundation hosts a website to educate visitors about the foundation's work in preservation and education.
artists rights legal defense activities - another key objective of the foundation is to protect the work of film artists from censorship, alteration and internet theft. It created the artists rights education and legal defense fund council to advocate for the protection of artist's rights.