For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon Is Almost Here

By Marilyn Ferdinand

Well, after all the phone calls, e-mails, planning, and pre-event publicity, For the Love of Film is only two days away. Farran, the folks at the National Film Preservation Foundation, and I have been excited and amazed by the widespread support this event has generated. If you don’t know much about film preservation, this blogathon will fill that gap in your cinematic knowledge pronto!

We’ve got a very full plate of at least 40 bloggers who are going to contribute, including a great contribution by Eddie Muller, prolific author and president of the Film Noir Foundation, “Rescuing Cry Danger: The Story of One Film’s Restoration,” and one from a type of voice many cinephiles don’t hear from too often—Buckey Grimm, a content expert who researched a 1915 U.S. Navy documentary preserved by the NFPF, one of the “orphan” films that few people might think is worth saving. This is our heritage, too, and we are grateful that the NFPF cares about it.

Participants should post the links to their posts in the comments section of the home page for the blogathon at The Self-Styled Siren and here. The home pages will be posted early Sunday morning and remain up until the end of the blogathon. Farran and I will post the links into the main body of the post. We encourage everyone to read the entries and honor each blogger who took the time to post with your comments and appreciation.

Participating bloggers should include the “Donate Link” and may include the below information in your post:

The National Film Preservation Foundation is the independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.
The NFPF will give away 4 DVD sets as thank-you gifts to blogathon donors chosen in a random drawing: two copies of Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934 and two copies of Treasures IV: American Avant Garde Film, 1947-1986.

Remember, this is a fundraising blogathon. If you want to know more about why we are doing this, read my post here. And DONATE TODAY!

Here’s to a great blogathon, everyone. See you soon! l

  • Jeffrey Goodman spoke:
    12th/02/2010 to 9:53 pm

    Marilyn, I want to participate in the blogathon but wasn’t sure exactly how to determine what film to cover. Do I just choose something, or does someone assign me a film to cover?
    Thanks so much for doing this!

  • Marilyn spoke:
    12th/02/2010 to 9:57 pm

    Jeffrey, the choice is yours. As long as it has something to do with film preservation, the sky’s the limit. I look forward to reading what you come up with. Thanks so much for participating!

  • Buckey Grimm spoke:
    12th/02/2010 to 10:27 pm

    Hi Marilyn,
    I am so pleased to be part of this, and Thank you and all involved for their efforts with regards to the Blogathon!

  • Marilyn spoke:
    12th/02/2010 to 10:33 pm

    Buckey, thank YOU! What you’ve helped accomplish is inspirational to me personally. I can’t wait to read your contribution.

  • DeeDee spoke:
    13th/02/2010 to 6:39 am

    Hello! Ferdy on Films,
    This is my first time posting/or leaving a comment on your blog and my first time participating in a blogathon too…Therefore, I would like to know if you can add my link Darkness To Light to the Film Preservation blogathon roll?
    During the week of the blogathon, I plan to follow the two steps that you have listed above…and
    I plan to post or focus on director Fritz Lang’s 1927 film
    Metropolis offer a DVD/ giveaway contest pertaining to Lang’s and Marie Georges Jean Méliès, (Who by the way, I was just “introduced” to this year.)
    However, I also plan to contribute/donate to the Film Preservation Foundation. (I most definitely, will discuss in more detail(s)about contributing to the Film Preservation Foundation, during the week of the blogathon on my blog.)
    DeeDee ;-D

  • Marilyn spoke:
    13th/02/2010 to 8:08 am

    DeeDee – Welcome to Ferdy on Films and welcome to the blogathon. Your contributions both literary and monetary are greatly appreciated. I love the music on your blog, btw.

  • Sam Juliano spoke:
    13th/02/2010 to 3:42 pm

    I am also thrilled to see Dee Dee here (but am not surprised knowing of her eternal concern for worthwhile causes) at your place Marilyn, and I will certainly be checking in on the 14th. I’m sure this will be a fantastic venture.

  • Buttermilk Sky spoke:
    13th/02/2010 to 5:24 pm

    Marilyn, my post is up and can be read here:
    The link at the Siren is not quite accurate. Please use this one instead.
    I’m new at this, so I don’t think the donation link works. Sorry.

  • Flickhead spoke:
    14th/02/2010 to 12:13 am

    My post is up, Marilyn:

  • Kendra spoke:
    14th/02/2010 to 3:32 am

    Hi there, my blogathon post is up here:
    I can’t wait to read everyone else’s!

  • D Cairns spoke:
    14th/02/2010 to 6:59 am

    My first post is up:

  • Betty Jo Tucker spoke:
    14th/02/2010 to 7:33 am

    Hi, Marilyn!
    My post about Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation is up now. Here’s the link:

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