Countdown to Blast-Off: Sign Up to Blog for Film Preservation

Hold your horses, Hitch. We know you’re as anxious as we are to get the For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon underway, but we have a few housekeeping duties to take care of first.

Bloggers, we need to know if you will be participating. I know we asked you before, but now we’re getting ready to tell the media about our project to raise funds to stream The White Shadow at the National Film Preservation Foundation website and record the score by Michael Mortilla. So we need to take names in earnest. Tell us who you are, where you blog (name of blog and location), and what you think you might want to write about. Remember anything to do with Graham Cutts, Alfred Hitchcock, film preservation, film scores, silent films, etc. etc. etc. is fair game. The idea is to provide people with a sense of interest and excitement and get across why this project and film preservation in general are so important.

Just leave the information in the comments section on this post, and we’ll keep a running tally. Get your friends to join in, too. The more people we have spreading the word and displaying the donate link, the more successful we can be. If you know any organization or company that might like to become a sponsor of the blogathon, send them my way, too.

OK, Hitch, I’ve lit the fuse. Hold your ears!

  • Peter Nellhaus spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 2:07 pm

    Asian films inspired to different degrees by Hitchcock.

  • Mike P and Oliver Z-P spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 2:18 pm

    Graham Cutts’s “The Sign of Four” along with vague musings about how awesome a Hitchcock Sherlock Holmes film would have been.

  • Peter Nellhaus spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 2:35 pm

    And depending on if I get any screeners that need to be reviewed prior to blogathon week, I might include a post on the worst variation of Strangers on a Train.

  • Lee Price spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 2:38 pm

    Reporting in: Lee Price enthusiastically participating with two blogs:
    6 essays on Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail at 21 Essays:
    film preservation entry or entries at Tour America’s Treasures:

  • Andrew Welch spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 3:04 pm

    I’ll be doing a post on Rear Window…or possibly North by Northwest, I haven’t completely decided which yet.

  • Andrew Welch spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 3:24 pm

    Oh, and I guess I should have added that my blog is Adventures In Cinema (

  • stan cohen spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 3:52 pm

    Shadow of a Doubt including social and historical context

  • Brandie spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 4:04 pm

    True Classics will be contributing a post on Rear Window.

  • John Weagly spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 4:52 pm

    I’m in!

    John Weagly
    located here:

    I’ll be posting something about Hitchcock Blondes that also touches on film scores.

  • Jaime Grijalba spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 4:53 pm

    I’ll be posting on my blog (I think at my name you can click and see it) for sure.

    Now, on the subject, I’m hardly decided. Maybe I’ll look at some influences of the Hitchcock directed episodes from his two TV series and their influence on Psycho.

  • Buckey Grimm spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 8:27 pm

    The Site is called Mindless meanderings. I will Cover some of the
    Unsung Pioneers in the History of Film Preservation. So Indeed Count Me in.

  • Rachel spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 10:37 pm

    The Girl with the White Parasol is still in and ready to go. I’m planning on taking a look at performances in Hitchcock films.

  • KC spoke:
    22nd/04/2012 to 11:04 pm

    I’m going to write about the Truffaut interviews at Classic Movies.

  • Sam Juliano spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 8:04 am

    Something will surely be posted at WitD, but I am still pondering the options.

  • Pat spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 8:18 am

    Planning a post on MR. AND MRS. SMITH at Doodad Kind of Town

  • Feminema spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 8:25 am

    Hi all —

    I’ll be writing about Hitchcock’s early women leads (from three of his silents/ early talkies).

    My blog is, and I blog from rural Massachusetts.

    looking forward to it!

  • Jesse spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 9:34 am

    I will most definitely be participating! Still haven’t decided on my exact topic, but at the moment I’m thinking about writing some thoughts on “Suspicion.”


  • Grand Old Movies spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 9:53 am

    Grand Old Movies ( at ) will be participating in the blogathon – will be posting on Peter Lorre and his work/films w/Hitchcock

  • Dwight Swanson spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 10:21 am

    Home and Amateur will include a post about Hitchcock’s home movies.

  • michaelgsmith spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 10:44 am

    I’m definitely in with a review of MGM’s Notorious blu-ray.

    Michael Smith
    White City Cinema

  • Kenji Fujishima spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 10:59 am

    I’d love to contribute something this time around (hopefully not at the last minute AGAIN). Not sure what I’d write about yet, though…

  • D Cairns spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 11:43 am

    I’m ON. I might write something about poor Mr Graham Cutts, but of course Hitchcock will feature prominently, perhaps all-consumingly.

  • Jacqueline T Lynch spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 12:01 pm

    ‘North by Northwest”, Monday, May 14th at Another Old Movie Blog.

  • DeAnna spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 1:04 pm

    After attending a writing workshop that used Hitchcock films as inspiration, I have some ideas for blogging topics. So now I’m in!

  • Josh Z spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 8:19 pm

    High-Def Digest will have several writers participating. Mostly, we’ll talk about Hitchcock films that aren’t yet available on Blu-ray but should be. One of my writers wants to do a piece about Hitchcock’s fixation with one-word titles.

  • Andreas spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 9:48 pm

    I’ll be participating again over at Pussy Goes Grrr. Not sure on the exact topic yet, but leaning toward obscure/underwatched Hitchcock. Can’t wait to see everyone’s contributions!

  • Catherine Grant spoke:
    24th/04/2012 to 6:02 am

    I’m hoping to finish a new video essay on a Hitchcock film as well as gathering some other essays. Good luck everybody!

  • Bob Fergusson spoke:
    24th/04/2012 to 3:25 pm

    Leaving the heave lifting and analysis to those that excel in that area, I will be posting Hitchcock film posters produced outside of the US. Some really beautiful work from around the world. Hope that works for you.

  • Greg Ferrara spoke:
    25th/04/2012 to 12:55 pm

    But of course I’ll be participating! I was away the last five days or I would’ve responded sooner. In fact, I was in San Francisco and Arcata, California which prompted thoughts of VERTIGO and Hitchcock (mentioned in my Morlocks post and my last post was on Hitchcock as well). Also, I’m currently reading ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO. You can sign up Cinema Styles for a post on something related to Hitch at the proper time.

  • Adam Zanzie spoke:
    25th/04/2012 to 8:34 pm

    Count me in. I suppose that I, too, will be writing about an early Hitch feature, too. And donating, of course!

  • Andrew Davies spoke:
    25th/04/2012 to 10:39 pm

    I posted at Self Styled Siren but I’ll post here. I want to do something on Hitchcock since he’s my favourite director but I’m not quite sure what I’m going to write on. I was recently thinking of Hitchcock’s relationship to the Oscars, the films he was nominated for and why the award always eluded him.

  • Kevyn Knox spoke:
    25th/04/2012 to 11:23 pm

    The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World will definitely be participating in this great and important blogathon. I am still not sure exactly what I will be writing on, but it will definitely be something on Hitchcock.

  • Hedwig spoke:
    26th/04/2012 to 8:42 am

    I’ll definitely participate again! Not quite sure what I’ll write yet… Maybe something about Marnie? We’ll see.

  • Mat Viola spoke:
    26th/04/2012 to 6:05 pm

    I’ll write about Rope


  • Paroma spoke:
    27th/04/2012 to 7:11 am

    Dear Marilyn,

    I don’t have a blog, but would love to participate in the blogathon, nonetheless. I first watched Hitchcock as a child growing up in New Delhi, and after watching a few, was struck by how the video rental shop we used to get the flicks from had a weirdly “Hitchcockian-set-and-soundtrack” flavor. (I was probably projecting away madly). Anyway, I think I’d like to write about Suspicion. It seemed weird to me the very first time I watched it almost 20 years ago, and it seems fascinatingly odd even today!

    I guess I should send you the post here, via e-mail, right?

    Thanks to the Siren and you for doing this!


  • Jill spoke:
    27th/04/2012 to 11:35 pm

    I’m still on board! I will be writing something on NOTORIOUS. Also we will have some sort of contribution at

  • Dennis Cozzalio spoke:
    28th/04/2012 to 7:56 pm

    Count me in, folks. I’ll write about Clara Bow and the recent restoration of CALL HER SAVAGE, which premiered at TCM CLASSIC FILM FEST 2012. So glad to be involved again this year!

  • Doug Bonner spoke:
    30th/04/2012 to 11:55 am

    Over at PostModernJoan/BoilingSand I’ll tackle one of Hitch’s TV episodes, POISON.

  • Vanwall spoke:
    30th/04/2012 to 9:51 pm

    I’m in, altho in reduced circumstances.

  • Matthew spoke:
    2nd/05/2012 to 12:03 am

    I don’t know if I’m too late for this, but I’d like to write something about Hitch (not exactly sure yet, but will figure it out in the next day or two) over at Chiaroscuro Coalition.

  • Charissa Faire spoke:
    4th/05/2012 to 9:36 pm

    My computer access will be limited during the dates of the blogathon, but I really want to participate! I’ll be putting some posts on “The Lodger” in my queue for my Tumblr page (The Loudest Voice) to post during the week, and hopefully some directly preservation-related topics as well. Very excited, this is a great idea!

  • theduckthief spoke:
    6th/05/2012 to 4:39 pm

    A Keaton vs a Chaplin film. Not sure which ones.

  • Duke Mantee spoke:
    7th/05/2012 to 2:18 am

    Trains and transportation in Buster Keaton’s silents.

  • Hilary spoke:
    8th/05/2012 to 8:54 am

    Hey, Marilyn. I’ll be doing my usual limericking this year, on “Strangers on a Train” and “Vertigo” and perhaps some other Hitchcocks. The silliness takes place at the usual hangout, my blog Limerwrecks.

  • Caroline spoke:
    9th/05/2012 to 8:44 pm

    Still not sure what I’ll write about, but Garbo Laughs is definitely in!

  • Jason Hedrick spoke:
    10th/05/2012 to 9:33 am

    Would love to join in! I may write up something about the latest DVD of “Wings.” (Not entirely sure if that will remain the focus, but I will definitely post something.) Great project – thanks for putting this together. jjh

  • Eric Grayson spoke:
    15th/05/2012 to 1:33 pm

    I’m in! Mine is about film preservation rather than Hitchcock, since I do so much of that. Backlinked to you and to the donation site.

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