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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
7:00 p.m. Avant-Garde Masters: A Decade of Preservation

Introduction/Jeff Lambert


Jeff Lambert is the assistant director of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

For the last ten years, the Film Foundation and National Film Preservation Foundation have overseen the Avant-Garde Masters program, which provides funds to preserve American experimental films; to date the program has helped save over one hundred films. Tonight we commemorate this anniversary with a screening of three films that portray San Francisco—Ernie Gehr’s vertiginous vertical panorama, Abigail Child’s fast-paced urban study, and Frank Stauffacher’s history of the city, with narration from an essay by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Vincent Price.

Notes on the Port of St. Francis Frank Stauffacher, U.S., 1951, 22 mins, B&W, 16mm, Preserved by Pacific Film Archive
Pacific Far East Line Abigail Child, U.S., 1979, 12 mins, Silent, Color, 16mm, Preserved by Harvard Film Archive
Side/Walk/Shuttle Ernie Gehr, U.S., 1991, 41 mins, Color, 35mm blow-up from 16mm, Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art

Total running time: 75 mins

• These films were preserved through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program funded by The Film Foundation.