The Blogathon Is Officially Toes Up

By Marilyn Ferdinand

“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” —Alfred Hitchcock

I won’t kid you—doing a fundraising blogathon is not a piece of cake. There are months of planning, hours of reading, writing, and linking, moments of great joy and great frustration. In the end, however, these blogathons really are as sweet as German chocolate cake and far more filling for the mind and soul. For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon III is over, and everyone who was part of it can sleep the sleep of the righteous. You did good!

We had 208 posts in six days from 112 bloggers. We raised $6,490, which tops last year’s total and helps the National Film Preservation Foundation get a running start on reaching the $15,000 they need to premiere The White Shadow.

I’m going to give it to you straight. According to Annette Melville, the executive director of NFPF, “The NFPF is humbled and very pleased by the outpouring of support from around the world. While this is not enough money for the NFPF to present the web premiere this fall, it is a great start. We can’t host materials that are not ready to present. There is no presentable digital copy of the film now. We have to raise sufficient money to make a digital copy, record the new score, pay the composer and musician, mix the score, and lay it down to the digital copy, in addition to the web hosting. That is why the goal was $15,000. We hope to raise these funds over the next few months but don’t have them now. Plans are afoot but cannot be finalized until we have all the necessary money.” 

Because Rod, Farran, and I don’t wish to emulate the endless pledge drives on public television, we will not be asking for any more donations. The blogathon is over, and it was an unqualified success as far as we are concerned. The quality of the posts was unparalleled in blogathon history, a true privilege to link to and read—a job I’m not quite done with. I’m sure, dear readers, you aren’t either, and that’s something we’d really like you to finish. Comment, post to Facebook, tweet, do whatever you feel is appropriate to express your appreciation for the ones you like most. Every donation link will remain live, and with any luck, we’ll get a few more donations from more delighted readers.

Congratulations to the following donors who won our random drawings:

  • Shannon Fitzpatrick has won an autographed copy of Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself.
  • Rebecca Naughten will receive an autographed copy of Betty Jo Tucker’s Confessions of a Movie Addict.
  • Peter Nellhaus is about to be the new owner of the French Notorious poster.
  • Aurora Bugallo has won the photo of Alfred Hitchcock and the giant telephone.
  • Treasures DVDs from the NFPF go to Jill Blake, Thomas Bolda, Kenji Fujishima, Catherine Grant, Katherine Kehoe, and Lee Price.

Our thanks to the NFPF, Donna Hill, Betty Jo Tucker, and Roger Ebert for their generous contributions of these raffle prizes.

Finally, to quote from Hitch again, “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” I sincerely hope you enjoyed our party and found it worth your time and money.

  • Eric Grayson spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 9:07 am

    I think it was worthwhile. You raised an estimable sum in a bad economy… and there were a lot of worthwhile blogs!

  • Jesse spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 9:16 am

    A BIG thank you to you, Farran, and Rod for all of the time and effort you put into making this happen! I’m still reading through content as well, but it seems like an unqualified success in regards to both quality and fundraising. Thanks again!


  • Tinky spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 9:37 am

    You three did an amazing job. As you say, given the economy, the sum raised was fabulous. And I’ve enjoyed reading the posts more than I can say. Take a bubble bath and a rest, and pat yourselves on the back!

  • Peter Nellhaus spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 10:18 am

    What? I won something? Now all I need is a wall for the poster!

  • Donna spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 10:43 am

    Worth it? Oh yes, it was! Thanks to the three of you for all the hard work, this was a terrific party!

  • Sam Juliano spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 12:19 pm

    Fabulous venture! All involved have gone above and beyond!

  • Le spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 3:58 pm

    Wow, this was an amazing event. I didn’t even end reading all the amazing posts. Thanks for being one of the hosts, Marilyn.
    P.S.: Now I feel very sorry because we cinephiles can’t watch 4 Devils. It probably was a marvelous movie.

  • Duroc spoke:
    21st/05/2012 to 7:44 pm

    This is so nice… Congrats to Marilyn and Rod. Great effort! Cheers from Uruguay.

Leave your comment

(*)mandatory fields.

What others say about us

"You put a lot of love into your blog." – Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert's Journal
"Marilyn and Roderick … always raising the tone." – Farran Smith Nehme, The Self-Styled Siren
"Honestly, you both have made me aware of films I've never seen, from every era. Mega enriching." – Donna Hill, Strictly Vintage Hollywood

Subscribe to Ferdy on Films

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts


Chicago Resources

Collected Writings

General Film Resources