The Final Fade

Well, everyone, the blogathon is over. It has been a very, very busy week around the film blogosphere, with more posts that ever, more publicity than ever, and more individual donors than ever. We’ll have all the totals and the winners of our random drawing sometime this week, but I’ll tell you that a rough estimate is that we raised more than $5,000 through our special blogathon link, and that ain’t hay!

Most important to me and Farran, you all showed how much you love film and how willing you are to get involved. Some people say we’ve left the era of togetherness and action behind as we’ve all moved online and can sign a petition with a single click. You have all proven that our online community is engaged, powerful, and generous. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, with a special thanks to my blog partner Rod Heath for pitching in when my energy waned, Greg Ferrara for turning his talents to help with banners and ads, and the best blogathon partner a dame could have, Farran Smith Nehme, certainly a siren, and not just self-styled.

The president of the Film Noir Foundation, Eddie Muller, wanted to thank you as well:

The Film Noir Foundation is immensely gratified by the remarkable response to this year’s film preservation blogathon. The quality of the contributions was exceptional, and conclusively proved that the best contemporary writing on cinema is happening on the Internet. We will eventually thank, personally, every blogger and every donor, but for right now we’ll bestow all our thanks on the two remarkable women who conceived and executed this extraordinary event: Marilyn Ferdinand and Farran Smith Nehme. No finer friends of film exist. Thank you, ladies!

During much of the blogathon I was in Seattle, presenting another NOIR CITY festival by night and visiting a series of colleges on weekdays, screening clips and discussing film noir, cinema history, and cultural preservation. These face-to-face encounters with the next generation always fill me with hope. At every stop I was greeted by eager youngsters—you’ll recognize them in the mirror—who had light in their eyes and questions on their tongue, crackling with the electricity that comes from plugging into the culture’s cinematic circuitry in a meaningful way.

There was some grousing during the blogathon about the lack of “big” donors this year, leaving this year’s final tally below last year’s, even though there were more individual donors. That doesn’t bother me—I’ve lived long enough to learn many things, and one of the essential truths is that folks who can’t afford to be generous are always the first to share. Every donation, whatever amount, is valuable and appreciated. We raised a portion of the total cost of restoring The Sound of Fury, but in truth, it is the spirit with which people rallied in support of the cause—at a difficult time both economically and politically, worldwide—that is even more crucial to our mission than the dollars taken in.

Money is money. You always find it somewhere, somehow. Passion is sacred. Thanks to everyone for sharing their passion this past week. Let’s keep carrying the torch, not only for our favorite art form, but for all the things we cherish and refuse to relinquish.

—Eddie Muller

  • Vanwall spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 10:18 am

    Great job, to all, and it was fun! Thanks!

  • Christianne Benedict spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 11:44 am

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you and Farran did for this. I’ll be back next year (if there is a next year).

  • Greg Ferrara spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 11:46 am

    Once again Marilyn, thank you for having me as a part of this and thanks to you and Farran for doing such a great job running it.

  • meredith spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 1:02 pm

    Many congratulations and thanks to you and Farran for another job well done. It may take a few weeks but I’m excited to make my way through the posts! It’s a wonder to behold.

  • Hilary Barta, aka surly hack spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 1:03 pm

    Just so all of you know, the blogathon’s donations page is still up and running. I know, I just made a contribution.
    Marilyn, thanks for getting us all off our duffs and into the fray. And thanks for the flattering and funny limerick.

  • Bill Wren spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 1:47 pm

    Thank you for the blogathon and thanks to all the bloggers who have given me so much to read and think about. It has been wonderful!

  • Lauren spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 2:36 pm

    Thanks for hosting the blogathon and thank you for stopping by my post. I was so excited! Can’t wait to see the restored film.

  • Trish spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 3:45 pm

    Thank you so much, Marilyn. Think I’ll stick around…

  • DeeDee spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 7:42 pm

    Hello! Marilyn, Farran Smith-Nehme, Greg Ferrara and most definitely, to author Eddie Muller…

    Thank-you, for letting me participate or be part Of this very worthy cause too!…I’am still “fighting” for the cause too!

    [Farran, Thanks, for the kind words …Over There On Your blog too!]
    DeeDee ;-D

  • Marc Edward Heuck spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 8:17 pm

    My deepest appreciation for the support you’ve shown me during this blogathon. It’s an honor to be allowed to participate.

    I don’t expect you to add this link since the big show is over and you must be exhausted, but I wrote a sort of P.S. post to provide hope for the future of Noir through the work of one of my friends. Even made a custom banner to hopefully raise a little more money for the cause. Hope you enjoy it…and get some rest!!!

  • Lee Price spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 9:12 pm

    It boggles my mind to think of all the work that must have been going on behind the scenes. Congratulations, Marilyn and Farran, on flawlessly running a project that made the op-ed page of the New York Times! You two are amazing.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 9:27 pm

    To one and all, thank you for your kind words and for being a part of this very satisfying party with a purpose. It was truly a team effort, and the film blogosphere is the best team anyone could have!

  • Joe Thompson spoke:
    22nd/02/2011 to 11:25 pm

    Thank you Marilyn (and Farran) for running another wonderful blogathon. It’s going to take me the rest of the week to finish reading the posts and commenting on them.

  • Feminema spoke:
    23rd/02/2011 to 9:54 am

    Thanks so much for running this marathon — I’m late to the party but wanted to offer this reading of Otto Preminger’s Laura: — as well as much financial donation.

  • Sam Juliano spoke:
    23rd/02/2011 to 10:56 am

    Congratulations to Marilyn, Faran and Greg for orchestrating this resounding success. You people have earned your keep in the world of film noir. Great to read Mr. Muller’s enthusiastic response too! I can only begin to imagine the kind of dedication it takes to keep this venture fueled with undying energy and commitment, and you three are a class act.

    Of course I must put in a very special acknowledgemenmt for the peerlessly enthusiastic and tireless “Dee Dee,” who day in and day out has done her own kind of orchestration in saluting and promoting noir. She does this 365 days a year, and her presence is infectious to all who come across her.

    Sydney native Tony d’Ambra has also been on the noir beat too, consistantly over four years writing the best darn reviews the genre has ever seen. His service to noir has been incalcuable.

    That’s an amazing sum of money to have raised. Astounding!

  • John Greco spoke:
    24th/02/2011 to 8:11 am

    Mucho thanks to you and Farran two femme fatales of the highest order! Also to Greg, Rod and of course to Eddie Muller and finally to all those who participated in the postings, donations and for allowing me to be a small part of this.

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