This Madness Between Us Can’t Go On Any Longer!

By Marilyn Ferdinand

Sorry, Alicia, we can’t help ourselves. We just have to hold another film preservation blogathon. And this may be our best blogathon yet!

Farran Nehme, the erudite hostess with the mostest at Self-Styled Siren, and I agree that raising funds for film preservation is as addictive as the 7% solution and a much longer-lasting high. From May 13-18, we’re pulling out all the stops to take on our most high-profile project yet: director Graham Cutts’ The White Shadow (1923)!

Uh, ok. Let me rephrase that.

Maybe I should have mentioned that not only will Cutts fans be thrilled with our project, but so will the rare and discerning aficionados of a portly guy who dabbled in film a bit—Alfred Hitchcock. Talented chap, deserves to be remembered.

The first For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon raised funds to help the National Film Preservation Foundation repatriate and restore The Sergeant and The Better Man, two of the 85 silent-era American films found moldering in the New Zealand Film Archive. (For inquiring minds who want to know, we raised funds last year to help the Film Noir Foundation restore blacklisted director Cy Endfield’s 1950 film The Sound of Fury.) At the time, the biggest name found among the trove of treasures was John Ford, whose Upstream returned to thrilled audiences wherever it was shown. Only later was it learned that three reels of the first film Alfred Hitchcock had a major role in creating (assistant director, screenwriter, film editor, production designer, art director, set decorator) were among the cache. The film was restored in New Zealand and repremiered by AMPAS last September at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. If you weren’t there, you’re probably sitting around hoping some repertory theater near you will book it so you can see it and hear the marvelous new score written for it by Michael Mortilla.

That’s where we come in. The good people at NFPF are committed to making many of the films they have rescued available for cost-free viewing by streaming them on their website. But online hosting ain’t cheap. NFPF estimates that it will cost $15,000 to stream The White Shadow for four months and record the score. It is the mission of this year’s For the Love of Film Blogathon to raise that money so that anyone with access to a computer can watch this amazing early film that offered Hitchcock a chance to learn his craft, with a score that does it justice.

This year’s blogathon will be bigger and better as Farran and I pick up a Hitcher, and by that I mean a real Hitchcock maven, to help us host the blogathon and spread the word. My esteemed friend and blog partner Rod Heath will open his solo blog, This Island Rod, to your links. He has also created a wide assortment of banners for you to use to show your pride as a blogathoner and help publicize the event to your readers.

For the first time, we will also be offering sponsor opportunities to businesses interested in supporting NFPF and The White Shadow. We have two levels of support, with benefits that will get your message out to our base of movie-mad readers. So you’ll not only do good, but you’ll also do well by supporting the blogathon. You can find out more by e-mailing me at ferdyonfilms (at) comcast (dot) net.

Once again, we’ll be offering raffle prizes to donors courtesy of NFPF. If anyone else would like to donate a raffle prize, give me a holler. And if you’ve got an itch to spend some money right now, forget the shopping malls and just click here. Operators are standing by to take your tax-deductible donation.

Finally, NFPF web czar David Wells will be posting photos and film clips on our Facebook fan page. If you want to keep up to date on blogathon developments and enjoy some of the information and surprises, be sure to become a fan by clicking here. You will actually help us raise money if you become a fan, so click that little button and ask your friends to join us as well. If you don’t know what a blogathon is, become a fan and read the explanation in the notes section of the fan page.

Let us know if you plan to blog by leaving a note in the comments section of our blogs. You’d be psycho not to! (Couldn’t resist…)

  • Pat spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 8:29 am

    I’m in!!! No idea what I’ll actually write, but I’ll write something for a good cause.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 8:39 am

    Awesome, Pat! Thanks!

  • Kevyn Knox spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 8:57 am

    You can count Kevyn Knox and The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World in. The banner is already up at my site and a shiver with anticipation. See, I’m no Psycho.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 9:14 am

    Dude, you’re the best. Thanks.

  • Lee Price spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 9:16 am

    I live for this! I’m in for six essays on “Blackmail” on 21 Essays and one essay on silent film restorations on Tour America’s Treasures (wasn’t sure if I could loop that blog in, but this subject should fit just fine). Resorting to Blackmail is okay, isn’t it?

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 9:46 am

    In this case, Lee, it’s MORE than OK. I probably am going to write on The Lodger, which is my second-favorite Hitch, after The Birds.

  • Robert spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 11:31 am

    I intend to start a blog (the world needs another one!) — just so I can contribute! I love Hitchcock, I love the cause, and I love all three of the film sites involved.

  • Donna spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 12:03 pm

    I am SO IN for this blogathon! I know I will be posting about the lost film The Mountain Eagle and a friend has already volunteered to post about The Pleasure Garden. I’m also going to show some love for Hitch’s final film, Family Plot. So much that can be posted about, this is going to be really fun to post and to read. Donations from me will also be made. I’ll hunt around to see if I have any raffle prize fodder.

  • Sam Juliano spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 12:15 pm

    I’ll certainly be doing my own thing too for this noble venture! Love the level of enthusiasm here!

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 12:22 pm

    Robert – We inspired a new blog? That’s a first, and much welcomed. Thanks for the praise and support.

    Donna – I knew you’d be all over this, and thanks again for thinking about a raffle prize to donate. You’re the best.

    Sam – It will be fantastic to have you participate in the blogathon. It’s a lot of fun and very satisfying to blog for a cause.

  • Rod spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 7:23 pm

    Mare: You’re going to write on The Lodger? But I’m going to write on The Lodger!

  • Vanwall spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 8:06 pm

    I’m in.

  • John Weagly spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 8:45 pm


    I’ll post something on Captain Spaulding on Skull Island.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 9:04 pm

    Rod – It’s a Lodge-off!

    Van- You’re ALWAYS in in my book.

    John – Awesome to have you! Can’t wait.

  • Dave Enkosky spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 9:56 pm

    Exciting! Can’t wait to get started.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 10:18 pm

    Dave – So happy to have you on board!

  • Joe Thompson spoke:
    1st/02/2012 to 10:50 pm

    I was going to say deal me in, but that would have been more appropriate for film noir last year. Hitchcock is a great idea. Thank you Marilyn and Farran and now Rod for organizing this.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    2nd/02/2012 to 8:12 am

    Joe – You’re welcome. Thanks for joining the party again.

  • Hind Mezaina spoke:
    3rd/02/2012 to 5:20 pm

    Count me in. Looking forward to this.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    3rd/02/2012 to 7:19 pm

    Glad to have you aboard, Hind.

  • Ellie spoke:
    4th/02/2012 to 9:49 am

    New to the blogathon, and excited to be taking part! Post ideas are a-brewing, but there’s gonna be something about the lure of missing films and Hitch-the-Brit.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    4th/02/2012 to 9:52 am

    Glad to have you aboard, Ellie. It’s a lot of fun!

  • Ariel spoke:
    6th/02/2012 to 1:24 pm

    I’m definitely in again for my own blog but I’m also going to try to get some stuff up for the Association of Moving Image Archivist Student Chapter too 🙂

  • Marilyn spoke:
    6th/02/2012 to 2:09 pm

    Ariel – Delighted to have you back. Thanks for spreading the word!

  • Feminema spoke:
    8th/02/2012 to 9:25 am

    I’m definitely going to participate — especially because of the chance to make the film available online. Count me in.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    10th/02/2012 to 4:08 pm

    Feminema – Very happy to have you aboard! Thanks for your support.

  • Essie Smyth spoke:
    13th/02/2012 to 12:44 am

    The movie must be vintage but I think it is still interesting. I am expecting for some exciting twists. Who doesn’t? Good luck by the way.

  • Buckey Grimm spoke:
    17th/02/2012 to 9:28 pm

    Gladly count me in. I’ll settle in on a subject pretty soon

  • Michaël Parent spoke:
    19th/02/2012 to 8:27 am

    Count me in! As a Ford and Hitchcock fan I couldn’t more thrilled to participate to this!

  • Marilyn spoke:
    19th/02/2012 to 8:41 am

    Buckey – Great to have you back again!

    Michaël – Thanks so much, and cool to see the donate button already up on your site!

  • Dennis Nyback spoke:
    2nd/03/2012 to 10:39 am

    I will be happy to again take part. Thanks!

  • Stacia spoke:
    9th/03/2012 to 3:12 am

    I’d like to be in on this — is there a FAQ located somewhere other than Facebook? I’m Facebookless.

  • Catherine Grant spoke:
    12th/03/2012 to 12:05 pm

    Film Studies For Free pledges its undying support for the blogathon here: Can’t wait!

  • Sean Axmaker spoke:
    23rd/04/2012 to 12:35 pm

    Count Parallax View in! I gather the theme this year extends to Hitchcock, silent movies, and film restoration, and any combination thereof?

  • Film Noir Blonde spoke:
    9th/05/2012 to 10:52 am

    Hi Marilyn,
    Can I still take part in the blogathon?
    Hope I’m not too late!

  • theduckthief spoke:
    10th/05/2012 to 12:38 pm

    I’m in. Can’t wait! It’ll be Chaplin vs. Keaton.

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